WATCH: Suns’ Devin Booker Shows Off His Handles Before Draining a Three in NBA Finals Game 2

Published 07/08/2021, 10:27 PM EDT
Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns tipped off with a thrilling game 1 that had Chris Paul lead Phoenix to a 118-105 victory. And now that Game 2 is already here, the Bucks are hoping to even the series with a win in Phoenix. But just like the first game, both teams are going head to head in dropping buckets in the first half. Especially Devin Booker, who put Jeff Teague in a confusing spot with his moves.

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Devin Booker has got some moves

During Game 1, the Suns had focused on limiting their turnovers and took advantage of all the free throws they got as they dropped 25 of 26. Other than that, their trio Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton had fantastic performances. Both Booker and Ayton compiled 49 points, while CP3 alone had 32 points under his name.

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On the other hand, the Bucks were relieved to see their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo showing no signs of struggle because of his knee injury. This had everyone assured that the Milwaukee Bucks will give them a run for their money. But as game 2 progresses, the Suns look determined not to break their momentum from the last game.

And after seeing Devin Booker make a fool of Jeff Teague on the three-point line and dropping a shot, it was confirmed that the Suns will continue to give Bucks a rough time.

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Phoenix Suns lead the way in the first half

The Bucks looked very aggressive on both ends as the game started off, especially Jrue Holiday. They continued to target the paint as they do, but the Suns kept themselves at arms’ length with their three-point shooting. In fact, the Phoenix Suns were just not missing the threes they were dropping.

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With the game at halftime and Suns holding a 56-45 lead, surprisingly, Mikal Bridges is the lead scorer with 13 points. Booker is right behind him with 10 points. As always, the Bucks only had Giannis in double-digits and need to return to attacking the paint like they started off with.

Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the second quarter that the Bucks started slacking in. While the Suns used it to add 30 points to their scoreboard, the Bucks only had half. If Milwaukee doesn’t “Buck” up, they will let the Suns have a comfortable lead. Also, this will only bring the Suns closer to putting an end to this in four games, as most fans and analysts are predicting.

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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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