‘Point Gawd’: Stephen Curry, Dwayne Wade & Others React To Suns Reaching NBA Finals After Game 6 Win vs Clippers

Published 07/01/2021, 12:03 AM EDT
Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and forward Torrey Craig (12) play for the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the first half in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns entered Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals with two different agendas. While the Clippers were hoping to keep themselves alive for another night by tying the series 3-3, the Suns were in it to win it. Only one of them left with what they wanted to achieve, and it ended up being the Phoenix Suns with a big margin of 130-103.

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Phoenix Suns get their ticket to the NBA Finals

Almost throughout the season, the Clippers have defied odds and expectations. But they finally lucked out in Game 6 without their best player Kawhi Leonard and key defense unit Ivica Zubac. However, despite all their struggles, they gave the Suns a tough time.

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The Suns’ offense had slowed down majorly after showing efficiency on both ends of the floor throughout the season. Ever since Chris Paul returned from his injury, his scoring wasn’t just where it should have been.

But he stepped up at the right moment as he added a whopping 41 points to the scoreboard in Game 6 that has now handed the Phoenix Suns their first appearance in the NBA Finals since 1993.

Unlike when the series began, everyone had faith the Clippers could take this to a game 7. But a tired Paul George, Reggie Jackson, and others couldn’t pull off another big night of pouring buckets like Game 5.

So, here is how the NBA fraternity reacted to the Clippers’ elimination and the Suns’ advancement.

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What went wrong for the LA Clippers?

Thanks to the balanced scoring effort from four of their starters, the Suns started off with a lead that they managed to keep throughout. Jae Crowder added 19 points, while the other two of the trio, DeAndre Ayton and Booker, had 16 and 22 points, respectively.

Almost every game, the Clippers have shown struggle dealing with Ayton. And tonight was no different.

However, that’s not where it went downhill for LA. PG was unable to keep up to the standards he set in Game 5.

Even in the late second quarter, he had only contributed 6 points to the scoreboard. Although he picked up the slack in the second half, it was too late.

Phoenix kept their rivals away from them for most of the game, maintaining their double-digit lead till the end

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Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

An injury-riddled and worked-up Clippers team missed another shot at the title. But the upside to their loss is they removed the blemishes that had people questioning their potential, especially George.

Do you think if it wasn’t for Kawhi Leonard‘s absence, the result could have been different?

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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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