2021 NBA Finals: (2) Phoenix Suns vs (3) Milwaukee Bucks

2021 NBA Finals: (2) Phoenix Suns vs (3) Milwaukee Bucks

Baseline Times 2021 Summer Intern – Adam Kinberg previews this year’s NBA Finals at BaselineTimes.com

(2) Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are coming off a very strong postseason run in which they beat some of the best teams in the western conference. Their playoff run began with a meeting with the heavily favored and defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Both of the Lakers’ stars were banged up with injury but nobody was willing to bet against the tandem of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers ended up beating the Suns in Phoenix in game two and in LA in game four. It looked like the Suns were done, with their arena packed with “let’s go Lakers” chants and the team being smothered by the greatness of LeBron James. The Suns then showed their championship pedigree by winning three straight games to take down the scrappy and resilient Lakers in six games. The Suns then moved on to the Denver Nuggets.

The Suns made a very solid Nuggets team even without Jamal Murray look like a JV squad. The Nuggets were one of the best teams in the regular season and were thought to make a deep playoff run with their MVP in Nikola Jokic. Phoenix had other plans. “Suns in 4.” The Suns then went back to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers. Even without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, the Clippers were still a very resilient and fierce team coming back from an 0-2 deficit in each of their last two series. The Clippers were known for making comebacks but Phoenix would have none of it. The Suns took care of homecourt in games one and two with the help of some Deandre Ayton heroics then took game four in LA. The Clippers were in the position that they loved to be in, counted out.

The Suns then dropped the possible series clincher at home but cliched the series in LA with a masterpiece of a game from Chris Paul in the arena and city he once called home. The Suns are going to the finals for the first time since 1993. Phoenix is now set to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA finals. The Bucks have not won an NBA championship since 1971 while the Suns have not won a championship in their team’s history. Phoenix and Milwaukee are both very well constructed teams with strong foundations. This series will come down to execution, defense, and veteran leadership. This series will be very entertaining and it will come down to a game six or seven. In the end, the Suns will be the 2021 NBA champions. The offensive tandem of Chris Paul and Devin Booker will overwhelm the Bucks. Chris Paul will be the factor that tips the needle in Phoenix’s favor. The veteran savvy that Paul provides will lift the Suns to their first championship.

(3) Milwakuee Bucks

The Milwaukee Buck is coming off a very successful playoff run in which they defeated the best teams in the east. They made the previous eastern conference champion in the Miami Heat look like child’s play sweeping them in four games. They then moved onto the Brooklyn Nets in which they came out victorious in a hard-fought seven games series that saw Milwaukee climb out of an 0-2 hole and a 3-2 deficit. They then moved onto the red hot Atlanta Hawks that featured an up and coming star in Trae Young. They took care of the Hawks in six games which saw many key injuries including the Bucks own Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Hawks’ Trae Young.

Khris Middleton was superb in this series showing that he is a worthy co-star for Giannis. He dropped a whopping 38 points in a must-win game three in Atlanta and 32 in the series-clinching game six in Atlanta. Both were very high stakes games and Middleton rose to the occasion. He also did not have the help of Giannis in game six as he was out with injury. The Bucks are now set to face one of the hottest and most well-balanced teams in the league in the Phoenix Suns. This matchup is one of the most intriguing in years as it does not feature a super team. Both the Suns and Bucks are teams that have built through the draft with smart free-agent signings.

The teams that usually win the championship are those that go all out on big names and stack their team as much as possible. Neither the Suns nor Bucks have done this. The Bucks duo of Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo Are set to face Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Both teams are very balanced and talented. It remains to be seen if Giannis will play but nonetheless, this will be a very entertaining series.

Top players to watch

Devin Booker – 2021 Playoffs

  • 27.0 PPG
  • 6.4 RPG
  • 4.8 APG

Giannis Antetokounmpo – 2021 Playoffs

  • 28.2 PPG
  • 12.7 RPG
  • 5.2 APG

Where should the money go?

SUNS IN 6!

Schedule and Results

Game

Away

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Date

Time

TV

Results

Game 1:
PHX leads series 1-0

7/06

9:00 PM ET

ABC

Bucks - 105 
Suns - 118

Game 2:
PHX leads series 2-0

7/08

9:00 PM ET

ABC

Bucks - 108 
Suns - 118

Game 3:
PHX leads series 2-1

7/11

8:00 PM ET

ABC

Suns - 100
Bucks - 120

Game 4:
series tied 2-2

7/14

9:00 PM ET

ABC

Suns - 103
Bucks - 109

Game 5:
MIL leads series 3-2

7/17

9:00 PM ET

ABC

Bucks - 123 
Suns - 119

Game 6:
MIL wins series 4-2

7/20

9:00 PM ET

ABC

Suns - 98
Bucks - 105

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