This past Sunday, the Phoenix Suns hosted the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference. Unfortunately, it did not go as they planned, and the Suns lost in a 123-90 blowout, eliminating them from the playoffs altogether.
The 35-point game was led by Luka Doncic of the Mavericks, who went 12-for-19 on the field. Jale n Brunson had 24 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie had 30. To lead Phoenix, Cameron Johnson scored 12 points, while Devin Booker had 11 and Chris Paul had 10.
In the next round of the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks will go up against the Golden State Warriors. The Suns, on the other hand, will have to start off their offseason with plenty of work to do and questions asked after a major fault in the last game.
The Moment Many Knew It Was Over
After three quarters into last Sunday’s game, the Mavericks were ahead of the Suns by 42 points. In the third quarter, the score was 92-50. This all came after outscoring the Suns 27 to 17 in the first quarter and 30 to 10 in the second quarter.
At the third quarter’s end, it was apparent that many Suns fans were already heading to the exits.
Charles Barkley Responds to the First Half of the Game
During the TNT Halftime Show this Sunday, Charles Barkley noted that he was “in shock” and that he would have “never saw this coming.”
According to Barkley, to even consider coming back during the game after halftime, the Phoenix Suns would have had to score anywhere from 12 to 14 points during the third quarter.
Mavericks Pride Themselves On Their Defensive Capabilities
The Mavericks have certainly made a name for themselves as one of the league’s best defensive teams. It’s pretty amazing how much of a turnaround the team was able to make in the middle of the season.
If you think back to December 31, when the team was 17-18, it would have come as no surprise to anyone if they faced an early postseason exit. It truly would have been surprising if they even made the postseason.
However, from that point,t they closed out the regular season at 35-12, only losing 17 games since the start of the year. With coach Jason Kidd at their side, the Mavericks have slowly become the league’s top defensive team. There is no doubt that Kidd should take a lot of credit for what he has been able to do with the defensive end.
Even during the game, fans could see Kidd engaging with the team, making sure they were playing with energy and that they had the right defensive matchups. Many feel that Kidd is almost like a sixth-man for the defensive end.
More Work In The Offseason
What we now know is that the Phoenix Suns have plenty of work to do during the offseason and that approaching the court in a carefree manner is something they can no longer afford to do. Given that Deandre Ayton is a restricted free agent, the front office will have plenty of work for themselves.
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