The sun was overrated all along

Devin Booker # 1 and Chris Paul # 3 of the Phoenix Sun reacted after beating the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the second round of the Western Conference NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 02, 2022.  Sons defeated Mavericks 121-114.
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When Chris Paul joined the Phoenix Suns two seasons ago, people thought he could take them to the playoffs, but they wouldn’t do much there.

The Suns looked good in the bubble during the NBA’s “seeding” games, but still, no one expected much from them for the 2020-21 campaign.

But as he has done throughout his career, “Point God” has had a huge impact on a team that he was new to.

Phoenix finished second in the Western Conference and advanced to the NBA Finals where they lost to Giannis Antetocanumpo and Milwaukee Box.

The Sons have won 64 games this season, leaving many feeling that they are on their way to winning their first World Championship.

Instead, they blew a 3-2 series lead and lost a combined 60 points to the Dallas Mavericks in the last two games of the Western Conference semifinals.

This is forcing people to re-evaluate their own opinions about Paul’s legacy and the sun.

It is now clear that the sun was not exactly what they seemed to be the last two seasons.

Phoenix often looked great

In sports, it’s a clich যে that great teams are bigger than the sum of their parts, but that’s exactly what happened in the case of the Sun.

They probably didn’t have as much talent on paper as the other NBA title contenders, but they played together and were as efficient as any other team.

This season, Phoenix is ​​fourth on the offensive rating and third on the defensive rating.

Paul’s scoring has dropped to a career-low 14.7 points in a game this season, but he is still considered a threat to explode aggressively in the big games and whenever his team really needs him.

When the Suns offense gets stuck and they need a basket, they can go to Devin Booker, one of the best players in the game who has averaged 26.8 points this year.

Their bench has also been highly honored with notable contributors such as Cameron Johnson, Cameron Payne, Landry Schmidt and Javale McGee.

Was Sans’s run in 2021 deceptive?

When the Suns lost the Championship Series last summer, then posted the best record in the NBA this season, there was no evidence that they were anything less than advertising.

But after the recent release of Luka Donsic and the company, one has to think that the Sun was lucky last year and in fact it is a regular season team.

In the first round of the 2021 playoffs, they faced defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers, who began to recover from injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Phoenix trailed 2-1 in the series, although James was not close to 100 percent after suffering a serious ankle injury two months ago.

But when Davis suffered a groin injury in the middle of Game 4, the Suns dominated the rest of the way and occupied the Six Series.

They then sweep the Denver Nuggets without All-Star-caliber guard Jamal Murray, then pass the Los Angeles Clippers, whose superstar was not Kauhi Leonard.

Over the past few months, many people have felt that the Lakers or Clippers would have beaten the Phoenix if they had stayed healthy.

There is an old saying that it is better to be lucky than good, but when one’s luck is gone, one has to be very good to hold on to success.

It can now be safely said that the Sanra were more fortunate than good when they reached the final last year.

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