The Phoenix Suns ’run to the NBA Finals is fleeting.
Better yet, it’s fraudulent.
If you touch it, you will need to wash your hands immediately.
And if it was currency, it would be a $ 3 bill.
Yes, the Suns – who beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference finals in six games – are going to the finals for the first time since 1993, when Charles Barkley played for them.
And many praise the team, led by Chris Paul and Devin Booker. This franchise hadn’t made it to the playoffs in a decade. And while no one wants to rain on the Suns parade, we don’t twist it. The rise of the Suns has more to do with injuries, not a good game in the postseason.
In an NBA playoff that resembles an M * A * S * H unit most of all, the Suns avoided major injuries. Paul briefly injured his shoulder against the Lakers. And the Suns also won the two games that Paul missed because of the COVID protocol against the Clippers.
The path to a championship was divided wider than the Red Sea by Moses for the Exodus of the children of Israel.
Of course, in past postseason, other teams have exploited the misfortune of their opponents and captured a title. He won the Golden State Warriors title in 2015. It was also a gift.
But the Suns ’luck was ridiculous.
And he started in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Curiously, after the Lakers won Game 3 in the series, to take a 2-1 lead, most believed they were not only in control of the series, but had a clear path to play. a second straight trip to the Final.
Then, Lakers star Anthony Davis suffered a winter injury in Game 4. The Lakers collapsed after that and lost the game.
Davis didn’t play in Game 5 and the Lakers also lost that game. LeBron James is no longer able to lead a team by himself. He needed Davis desperately.
In Game 6, Davis tried to play in a try to save the Lakers ’season. But it was clear from the word that he was injured and played only five and a half minutes of pointless basketball. And yes, the Suns have won the series and have moved on.
In the second round, the Suns had the Denver Nuggets who were without star guard Jamal Murray, who had suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.
Sure, season MVP Nikola Jokic kept the team together, but the Nuggets weren’t a game for the Suns without Murray and were swept away in four games.
This brought the Suns to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2010.
And bingo, like clockwork, also had another opponent in a superstar. The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard, who has already won two championships and two Final MVPs in his career.
Leonard injured his knee in Game 4 of the second round against the Utah Jazz. And while the Clippers have managed to advance without him in the last two games of the series, they couldn’t do the same against the Suns.
In hockey, you call it a hat-trick. Three straight sets have been made easy for the Suns due to major injuries.
The worst part of this Suns race is that they could end up with a championship against an opponent without their best player. The two Eastern Conference teams battling for a trip to the finals play their series without their good faith stars.
The Milwaukee Bucks – 3-2 in the best-of-seven series – are ahead of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered a hyperextended knee injury.
And the Atlanta Hawks are without star guard Trae Young, who suffered a bone burn and missed the last two conference playoff games.
Yes, it would be so appropriate if the Suns would face one or the other team without their star and win the title.
Of course, they will count in the history book, give them a trophy and get a parade.
Still, it wouldn’t feel right. He would miss something, and make people wonder if the Suns were the best NBA team this season or just the healthiest when the dust settled in the postseason.
Here’s an idea. Perhaps, if the Suns claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy, this year’s model should have stamps attached. That way, fans years later will know that this championship was definitely fleeting.