The Phoenix Suns are 2 wins away from the infamous “Suns in 4” fan becoming an off season long meme!
Phoenix have taken a 2 games to nil lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in convincing fashion, as Chris Paul and Devin Booker have run rampant over a Milwaukee defence currently struggling for answers.
Milwaukee made some adjustments from their disastrous Game 1, where they switched on almost every single pick, leaving their bigs on island with the dynamic Suns back court.
Milwaukee played a lot smaller to suit their match ups with Phoenix, but soft close out to shooters (and All-Stars) like Devin Booker continued to give them headaches.
Booker finished Game 2 with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists while CP3 chipped in with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists of his own.
The Suns back court has clearly won the battle over their Milwaukee counterparts to start this series, as Holiday and Middleton struggled to get anything going, combining for 28 points on 12-37 from the field.
Holiday missed a number of shots close to the basket, while Middleton couldn’t find his range at all, going 1-6 from 3.
Giannis managed to keep the Bucks in the game, particularly with a strong 3rd, going for 42 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Giannis scored 20 points in the 3rd quarter, rallying his Milwaukee team to within touching distance, but the Suns were too deadly from 3 in this contest.
His 3rd quarter was the most points in a NBA Finals quarter since Michael Jordan scored 22 points in 1993, also against the Phoenix Suns!
The big difference in this one, the 3 point line.
Phoenix managed to shoot 20-40 from 3, while Milwaukee went 9-31.
Milwaukee dominated the game early in the contest, controlling the paint and got whatever they wanted inside.
Unfortunately for them, down the other end Phoenix were trading 2s with 3s, and the Bucks couldn’t seem to stop this for the entire contest, with Phoenix’ ball movement too much for the Bucks to handle.
Even with all these issues, the Bucks only lost the game by 10 points.
They’ll be needing a lot more from their entire big 3 if they’re going to turn this around Monday morning in Milwaukee.
The deer district is going to be electric, and at the very least, we will get a break from the FT Shot clock count with Giannis at the line for a couple of games!