Phoenix Suns’ Jae Crowder Reveals Why He Did the Salsa Dance Against Los Angeles Lakers in the Playoffs

Published 07/15/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | Courtesy: Reuters


Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in a dogfight of a matchup. This was their toughest matchup until now. However, when it comes to the rest of the playoffs, the Suns have been clinical. Their first round against Los Angeles Lakers was proof of their intent.

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Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends during the first quarter in game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Their series with the Los Angeles Lakers was full of trash-talking, great basketball, and memorable moments. One of those moments was Jae Crowder’s salsa dance in game 6 of the series. Prior to game 4 of the NBA finals, Crowder spoke about his salsa dancing.

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Jae Crowder says Lakers added motivation

Suns vs Lakers was probably the most charged up playoff series this year. In game 3, we saw LeBron James going right at Crowder. Meanwhile, the Lakers bench didn’t miss out either as they did a lot in game 3 from the sidelines.

Later, towards the end of the series clincher, with 30 seconds left on the clock and Phoenix Suns being up, Crowder saw the opportunity and pulled off a salsa dance on the Lakers. Crowder got ejected as a result, but he had no issues with that.

While on The Jump, Crowder said that Phoenix Suns waited for that feeling of defeat before pulling off the antics. Crowder said: “I dont know if you’ll remember game 3. They did a lot on the sidelines in Game 3. That ruffled a lot of feathers on our side. And, that gave us a little extra spark of motivation.”

Game 3 certainly added motivation to Crowder as he averaged nearly 15 points a game in the last 3 games. He played great 2-way basketball against the Lakers throughout the series. He scored 18 points in game 6, which was his highest in the series.

Devin Booker lights out for Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker was on song in game 4 against Milwaukee as he scored 42 points. He couldn’t miss it as he had 12 third-quarter points to his name. Chris Paul had an off night as could contribute just 10 points. Crowder scored 15 points to go with 3 steals and 3 blocks.

Milwaukee’s hero, Khris Middleton, scored 40 points to take them through. Giannis Antetokounmpo accumulated 26 points and 14 rebounds to the mix for Milwaukee. In addition, he had 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

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Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against the Phoenix Suns during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With the series even, who do you think will win in Phoenix?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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