On today’s episode of the Suns Scribe Podcast, Evan is joined by fellow Forbes NBA contributor Shane Young to go over Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. After the Suns’ dominant 118-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, what were the biggest takeaways?
Phoenix’s backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker had their way mismatch hunting against the Bucks’ switch-heavy defense, and Milwaukee’s second half adjustments still resulted in no answers.
Deandre Ayton’s 22 points and 19 rebounds on 80% shooting shouldn’t fall under the radar, though. We dived in-depth on how Ayton has completely bought into his simplified role, which will pay huge dividends down the road for Phoenix. Is Ayton on his way to becoming one of the best bigs in the NBA by next season?
Incredibly enough, Giannis Antetokounmpo played after a severe knee hyperextension exactly one week before Game 1 occurred. How were the Suns able to corral Giannis, and how will the Bucks adjust?
Chris Middleton vs. Mikal Bridges was one f the most important Finals matchups. Bridges made it tough on Middleton throughout Game 1 with his length. After going against a more aggressive-scoring Paul George in the Western Conference Finals, Bridges won the battle over Middleton on Tuesday night.
Will this be a quick series if the Bucks are unable to keep up with the Suns’ offense? All of this, plus so much more, in a jam-packed podcast recapping Game 1 of the NBA Finals!
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