Bob Kemp

GAME TWO – LAKERS 109, SUNS 102

BOTTOMLINE
        *CHRIS PAUL WAS TOO INJURED TO CONTRIBUTE: He was on the floor for 23 minutes, but the Suns with him were four offensive players against five defenders. Paul made two of five field goals, two of four free throws and did not attempt a three, presumably because he lacked the strength to even think about it.
        *DEVIN BOOKER WAS UNABLE TO CLOSE IT OUT: The Suns, with Booker on the bench to begin the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the game at 86. But, after Booker returned, the Suns were outscored 23-16 to conclude the game and failed to make a field goal over the final 4:04.
         *THE SUNS HAD JUST THREE PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Booker’s 31 points were bolstered by 17 of 17 made free throws while Deandre Ayton had 22 points on 11 of 13 field goal attempts and Cameron Payne finished with 19 points and seven assists while forced to play 33 minutes.
        *REBOUNDING WAS DECISIVE IN THE FIRST TWO GAMES: The Suns outrebounded the Lakers 47-33 in Game One, but the Lakers had the 39-31 board edge in Game Two.
        *THE SUNS WERE OUTSCORED 30-24 FROM BEHIND THE ARC: The Suns, almost certainly, are going to lose against the Lakers if they don’t win the perimeter shooting aspect.
        *JAI CROWDER AND MIKAL BRIDGES WERE NEAR NON-CONTRIBUTORS AT THE OFFENSE END: Crowder and Bridges combined for just 14 points on four of 14 from the field, three of 10 from behind the arc, and three of three from the free throw line.