Bob Kemp

FINALS GAME SIX – BUCKS 105, SUNS 98

BOTTOMLINE
        *GIANNIS WAS TOO GOOD, AT BOTH ENDS: Antetokounmpo finished with 50 points, the second most points ever in an NBA championship clinching game, and his third 40+ point game of the series. He added 14 rebounds and five blocks.
        *THE SUNS BECAME THE FIFTH TEAM EVER TO WIN THE FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE FINALS AND LOSE THE NEXT FOUR: The disappointing conclusion ended the Suns best chance to win The Finals. The Suns not just led this series 2-0, but this was the first time they were favored to win The Finals. The Suns were heavy underdogs in 1976 against the Celtics and smaller underdogs in 1993 against the Bulls.
        *THE SUNS LOST THE SERIES AT THE OFFENSIVE END: The Suns halfcourt offense, efficient most of the regular season and throughout the Western Conference playoffs, was constantly uncomfortable during the final four games against the long, physical Bucks defense. It was fitting that the Suns made just six of 25 three-point attempts (24.0 percent) in the season-ending loss.
        *MONTY WILLIAMS, FOR A SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME, COULD NOT TRUST HIS BENCH: Understandably Williams stayed with the starting five for all but 38 minutes, a number that would have been even less if Deandre Ayton, who seemed a step slow the entire game, had not experienced foul issues.  
        *DEVIN BOOKER WAS SLOWED BY JRUE HOLIDAY: In Game Six, Booker made just eight of 22 field goal attempts, including zero of seven from three, and also had six turnovers.
        *THE SUNS LOST, BUT ARIZONA WAS NOT SHUT OUT OF THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: If somehow you didn’t know, Mike Budenholzer was born in Holbrook where he was coached by his father Vince who is a member of the Arizona High School Coaches Athletic Hall of Fame.