‘It’s Not Over’: LeBron James & Others React to Devin Booker and Phoenix Suns Beating Bucks in NBA Finals Game 2

Published 07/08/2021, 11:50 PM EDT
Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) steals the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) and center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks did all they could to leave Phoenix with the series tied 1-1, but the Suns were too fired up to let that happen. As the NBA Finals are in full force, the Suns now hold a comfortable 2-0 lead in the series. This is the Bucks’ worst nightmare, who are waiting to grab their first championship since 1971.

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They wouldn’t want their first appearance in the Finals since 1974 to end like this, would they? But the Suns have goals of their own.

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Games 1 and 2 had little difference. Both teams went head to head with the Suns leading most of the way, but Milwaukee keeping them close trailing with single-digits.

And then came the second half, which saw the Suns take a double-digit lead that the Bucks kept trying to reduce, but Phoenix wouldn’t let it happen.

The Suns were spectacular from the arc, while Milwaukee continued to attack in the paint. However, despite Giannis’ 42 points and 12 rebounds, the Bucks were left at the losing end of the game.

Other than him, only Jrue Holiday added to the scoreboard in double-digits with 17 points, and Pat Connaughton off the bench with 14 points. Where was the rest of the supporting cast as the Suns grabbed another 118-108 win? Here’s how other NBA players felt about Game 2.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo might be on a scoring spree, but Suns’ Devin Booker wasn’t far behind. Once everyone saw the ball going to Booker when he was standing outside the three-point line, the fans in the arena were already cheering. As if they knew the bucket would go in, and they were right.

Booker had 31 points, then came Chris Paul‘s 23 points, and Mikal Bridges with 27 points. DeAndre Ayton picked up his game in the second half too, with 10 points. With so many of their players scoring in double digits, the Suns were able to maintain the lead and grab this vital victory.

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Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) during the second half in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Even though in the closing minutes of the game, the Milwaukee Bucks came closer to catching up to the Suns. It was already too late. With the Suns 2-0 in the series, the Bucks have no option but to win Game 3.

Otherwise, they will reach the point of no return, and Giannis’ dreams of bringing them a title will be crushed. Who knows when they will make it this close to lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy next?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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