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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|O 218.5 (-115)
|U 218.5 (-105)
The Phoenix Suns have been commanding through their first two games, now facing the Clippers on the road.
LA is in desperation mode, but without Kawhi Leonard it’s difficult to see them making a comeback.
|Phoenix Suns def. LA Clippers|
|Pheonix Suns vs LA Clippers Information|
|Teams||Pheonix Suns vs LA Clippers|
|Location||STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Time||9:00 PM EST, June 24th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
|Tyronn Lue||Head Coach||Monty Williams|
|47-25 (4th in West)||Standing||51-21 (2nd in West)|
|117.6 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||117.2 (5th of 30)|
|111.2 (8th of 30)||Def Rtg||111.3 (9th of 30)|
|96.9 (28th of 30)||Pace||97.2 (26th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Leonard (30.4)||PPG||D. Booker (29.0)|
|P. George (8.9)||RPG||D. Ayton (10.5)|
|P. George (5.3)||APG||C. Paul (8.7)|
|K. Leonard (2.1)||SPG||M. Bridges (1.5)|
|S. Ibaka (1.5)||BPG||J. Crowder (1.0)|
|I. Zubac (.611)/K. Leonard (11.1)||FG%/FGM||D. Ayton (.716)/D. Booker (10.0)|
|T. Mann (.538)/R. Jackson (3.1)||3P%/3PM||T. Craig (.478)/J. Crowder (2.6)|
The Phoenix Suns looked like they might struggle with Chris Paul unavailable to play. However, due to their depth and character, many role players have stepped up to fill the void.
In Game 2 against the Clippers, Cameron Payne stepped up to contribute 29 points and nine assists. The bench duo of Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric also chipped in with a combined 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field.
The Suns’ role players, despite the increased load, haven’t been put off by the moment. If they continue to produce and play solid defense, the Clippers will continue to struggle to get past them.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 23, 2021
If you want to talk about making your mark on the NBA Playoffs, look no further than DeAndre Ayton on the Phoenix Suns.
Not only has the Bahamian been near unstoppable in the paint through these playoffs, he converted on the game-deciding dunk in Game 2.
Ayton was immense for the Suns in Game 2, posting 24 points, 14 rebounds, and one block in 34 minutes of play.
His aggression on the glass and tenacity finishing in the paint couldn’t be matched by the Clippers bigs.
Phoenix’s ability to go to Ayton in the paint is a blessing for their perimeter-oriented guards. So long as he remains focused and continues to convert at an efficient clip, the Suns will be competitive in any game.
The LA Clippers are losing by such fine margins, it is difficult to say that they are doing a poor job despite their star Kawhi Leonard sitting out. Going into Game 3, they need to take advantage of their homecourt advantage.
The last time they were down 0-2 and returning to STAPLES Center, the Clippers shot a tremendous 56.2% from the field and 52.8% from three.
Guard Reggie Jackson was positive despite the loss in Game 2, commending his team’s efforts despite the loss.
It’s no secret that they need to earn their first win of the series. While homecourt advantage isn’t much of a statistical benefit, the Clippers have shown how valuable it has been to them in the past.
Big time bucket. pic.twitter.com/4pHlYhEpd5
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 23, 2021
The LA Clippers are down 0-2 in the Western Conference Finals and it’s difficult to argue that their loss in Game 2 wasn’t the fault of Paul George. His failure to convert on two free throws late opened up the Suns’ eventual winning play.
George is starved for help at the moment, but the matches are still close. In Game 2 he posted 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists in 41 minutes of play. He shot 10 of 23 from the field but just 1 of 8 from three-point range.
The Clippers star man is doing as much as he can for his team at the moment, but they just seem to be outgunned against the Suns. George will put up numbers and be aggressive, but it’s up to his teammates to capitalize on his playmaking.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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