Phoenix Suns surrendered a 2-0 lead and are now on the cusp of losing out the NBA championship to Milwaukee Bucks. Coach Monty Williams does not want the team to think too far off ahead in the series.
Milwaukee Bucks made a huge statement by winning three games in a row. Their Game 5 win in Phoenix was a stamp of authority, as they managed to overcome a 16-point deficit.
The Suns, on the other side, are looking very bleak with Devin Booker leading the sole charge. The guard posted back-to-back 40 plus points performances, but both ended in a losing cause, making it the first time in finals history.
Earlier, when the series was tied two apiece, Monty Williams had addressed the team in the locker room. The coach had mentioned the number of turnovers and the opposition’s offensive rebounds.
The Suns need their side to be united more than ever, as they face the prospect of elimination, for the first time in the playoffs.
Put them back on the plane for now, urges Williams
The Suns will have an advantage if they are able to force Game 7. The final game of the series will take place at Phoenix, due to their higher seed in the regular season.
“We got to win one game to put them back on the plane. That’s it. And you have to have that determination that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to put them back on the plane. So, we can call it what we want to, mental toughness, all of that stuff. But it’s going to be needed and our guys are capable of doing it. This is our first time in this position and we can do it.” Williams said
The waning form of Chris Paul due to a reported arm injury is a concern as the opposition trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday are in full flow.
Phoenix Suns are looking for their maiden championship and last made it to the NBA Finals in 1993. Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, are aiming to end a 50-year title drought.
The Bucks will look to close out the series at the Fiserv Forum, in front of their home side to avoid a potential testing Game 7 in Phoenix.