Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks winning this year’s NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns. Even though the Buck started the series down 0-2, they managed to regain the momentum at home , taking 2 games then taking the next game on the road. They finally closed it out in a close game at home with a score of 105-98. This is the Buck’s second franchise championship, which the last time they won was in 1971 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. This year’s finals MVP went to Giannis Antetokounmpo who averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks. Giannis had a historic back to back 40 point games in 2 and 3 and an all time scoring performance in game 6. He tied (6th place) with Bob Pettit on most points scored in a single finals game, just 1 point shy from tying with Lebron James(51points). Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday also had some great moments in the finals. Both provided much needed clutch shots and Holiday a clutch steal in game 5.
Even though the Suns lost 4 games in a row, this should not take away what they accomplished this season. They finished 2nd in the west, beat last years champion (Lakers), beat this years MVP(Nikola Jokic), and beat the Clippers. Though it should be noted that each team were missing Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray, and Kawhi Leonard respectively. But most people did not expect the Suns, with an aging Chris Paul and a young, inexperience young core. Chris Paul averaged 21.8 points and 8.2 assists while Devin Booker averaged 28.2 points.
What Went Wrong For The Suns?
The Suns had no trouble scoring since they had a bunch of shooters on the perimeter in Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder, and Mikal Bridges. They also had scorers such as Cameron Payne and Devin Booker. Shooting wasn’t an issue for the Suns, but it was on the defensive end where they struggled the most. Most people blamed Deandre Ayton for allowing Giannis to get inside the paint, but it was also Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges, and Torrey Craig who had to defend against Giannis. Coach Monty Williams did try to switch each players to see who can stop Giannis, clearly the Suns couldn’t contain Giannis.
Chris Paul will be a free agent this summer, so his future is unclear. He can either put his faith in the Suns and run it back, look somewhere else to compete for a championship, or go wherever the money leads. Plus the Suns isn’t a big market city, so it’ll be hard to attract big time players. Milwaukee will most likely try to run it back with the same squad .
Who do you guys think will take it all next year?
We appreciate y’all for letting us be a part of your Break Time.
Signing off, JT