“Did All That Extra Sh*t”: NBA Champion Slams the Suns for Losing vs Zion Williamson’s Pelicans Again After Massive Scuffle in Last Game

Published 12/12/2022, 6:30 AM EST

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The Phoenix Suns recently lost two consecutive games to the New Orleans Pelicans. The first two seeds in the Western Conference battled it out and the Pelicans ended up coming out on top once again, led by Zion Williamson’s 35-point performance in both games. And after the altercation that took place between both teams in their first matchup, the Suns got slammed by former NBA champion, Kendrick Perkins. 

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Last time around, the Pelicans beat the Suns 128-117, and in the final seconds, Zion Williamson decided to give the fans a bit of a show. 

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Kendrick Perkins praised Zion Williamson

Williamson threw down a 360 windmill dunk in the last seconds of the fourth quarter. And that did sit well with the Suns’ players, especially Cameron Payne. Both benches got cleared out as coaching staff and officials had to separate the two teams.

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So, it was fair to assume that the Suns would’ve come to even things out a bit. However, the New Orleans Pelicans managed to take down the Phoenix Suns once again in a game that ended in overtime. 

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The final score ran up to 124-129, and Zion Williamson led the team once again behind his 35-point performance. Former Boston Celtics player and NBA champion Kendrick Perkins went on Twitter to slam the Suns for their weak performance.

He tweeted, “The Suns did all that extra shit the other night behind Zion 360 Windmill and today they had an opportunity to actually do something about it… but instead Zion served them with a 35 piece special “Cajun Rub” with the win!!! I can’t make this up. Carry on…”

Now some could say that the Phoenix Suns were shorthanded as they did not have Devin Booker, their leading scorer, playing that game. But at the same time, the Pelicans played without Brandon Ingram as well.

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Both teams played without key rotation players

It is fair to say that both teams were missing out on players who are a part of their key rotation. But the Pelicans got a spark from their shooting guard, CJ McCollum who scored consistently in both games. 

As for the Suns, the Pelicans’ defense did a great job of clamping their offense generator, Chris Paul. He ended the night with a mere 6-point performance, managing to rack up 11 assists. 

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The Suns’ big man had a good scoring night with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists in the game while shooting 13-18 from the floor. 

What did you think of Zion Williamson’s performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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