A lot of people have doubted the Phoenix Suns this season and how their path to the NBA Finals was paved with a ton of unfortunate injuries on the other side of the court. Ahead of the pivotal Game 6 with the Milwaukee Bucks just a win away from winning its first title in five decades, the talk about how Suns are not yet ready has been amplified.
Talking with ESPN's Zach Lowe in ‘The Lowe Post‘ podcast, NBA insider and former Phoenix Suns guard Tim Leger says that Phoenix can consider themselves a bit lucky to be in this position given most of the team's health coming into the postseason. Add to that, what the Bucks have exposed when it comes to Phoenix, at least according to Leger, is that the Suns are still one man away from being a championship team.
“To me, the storyline for the Phoenix Suns is going to be – great story, they emerged this year, they're on the map now. But, we also have to be honest. [In a] normal year, if the Lakers don't break down, if the Clippers don't break down physically, probably if Jamal Murray doesn't go down, the Suns are not in the NBA Finals. They weren't ready to take this leap. Injuries played a large part in it cause what you're seeing now is this: they need another guy.” Leger said.
After finishing the regular season as the second-seeded team in the very tough Western Conference, the Suns would go on and upset the defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers who missed the services of Anthony Davis. In the second round, they took care of business against the Denver Nuggets who were also without one of their star players in Jamal Murray. Finally, they won the WCF against the Los Angeles Clippers who were without two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Be that as it may, the Suns definitely deserve to be in this position and it'll be hard to argue against that. The same goes for the Bucks. Whoever wins the 2021 NBA title, please – for goodness' sake, keep those asterisks away.