The Phoenix Suns are still seeking their first championship since joining the NBA in 1968, and haven’t made an appearance in the NBA Finals since 1993 — a five-game loss to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. And the team hasn’t even made the playoffs since the 2009-10 season.
At the moment, though, the Suns will be the only franchise that can claim any type of NBA-affiliated crown. After the semifinals of the players-only NBA2k20 tournament were played earlier Saturday, the 2k Finals are set with an all-Phoenix matchup, as Suns teammates DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker will face off in the championship round at 9 ET on ESPN.
In the first semifinal matchup, Booker, the No. 5 seed (based on his 2k rating), took down the No. 8 seed, Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell. Booker won the first game using Harrell’s own Clippers, defeating Montrezl’s Houston Rockets 68-54.
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In the second game of the best-of-three series, Booker won a nail-biter, 65-62, using the Toronto Raptors, as Harrell took the Milwaukee Bucks.
On the other side of the bracket, no. 10 seed Ayton silenced the smack-tackling Patrick Beverley (no. 14 seed), using a fully-healthy Brooklyn Nets squad to top Beverley’s Boston Celtics, 75-69. The Suns sophomore center then won the second contest 74-67, using his real-life team, Phoenix, while PatBev tried his chances with the Denver Nuggets.
The winner of the tournament wins $100,000 for a charity of their choosing.
No word if they’ll finally be a championship parade through downtown Phoenix.