Jamal Crawford, Kendrick Perkins & Others React After LA Clippers Stun the Phoenix Suns in Game 3

Published 06/25/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) guard Paul George (13) and center Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns arrived in Los Angeles tonight to face LA Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Suns came in with a 2-0 advantage after winning their first two games at home. But unfortunately, they couldn’t continue their form on the road and had a tough loss.

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The Suns had a huge boost for the game with Chris Paul returning after missing the first two games. However, he looked rusty on return and struggled to make shots.

Devin Booker was also struggling to score for the second game in a row. Last game, the rest of the team stepped up when he couldn’t, but tonight, it did not go their way.

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For the Clippers, Paul George had another inefficient night, but he hit some big shots to help the team. The Clippers won tonight mainly because of their tough defense, and not their offense.

They clogged the paint and were also locking up the perimeter. Patrick Beverley clamped up Booker, and that was a huge turning point in the game.

Throughout the game, many NBA players like Jamal Crawford, Kendrick Perkins, and Terrence Ross tweeted about how the teams were playing.

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Phoenix Suns let down by their stars Chris Paul and Devin Booker

The Suns had a slow start to the game with Booker and Paul bricking shots. So, the Clippers took an early lead, and by the end of the first quarter, they were up by eight.

The Suns fought back in the second quarter with their role players finding their stride. This momentum helped them to overcome the deficit and take a two-point lead by halftime.

Unfortunately for the Suns, all their momentum came to a standstill in the second half. The Clippers just dominated them on both ends and the Suns were helpless.

The constant bricking by CP3 and Booker only made it worse for them. They ended with a combined 10-40 from the field, which is completely unacceptable in such a game.

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Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) guard Luke Kennard (5) and forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the first half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ayton continued his dominance in the paint and was a constant threat at the rim. However, he was far from his best defensively and gave away multiple offensive rebounds. He wasn’t the rim protector he usually is.

They now have to step up in their next game, as they hope to return to home court with an advantage. The Suns are capable of winning the series, but they cannot do it without a collective effort.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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