The Phoenix Suns have lost three straight games to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals and are now on the brink of elimination after going up 2-0. While this wouldn’t seem like a great position to be in, Suns center Deandre Ayton isn’t panicking and is actually looking on the bright side of things.
Via Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports:
“I like it. It’s fun; the tables are turned now,” Suns center Deandre Ayton said. “Now we’re the desperate team. We had our chances of being up and trying to finish the job, now we’re in the same position that they were in. They’re up, and now we got to go get it. That’s why it’s a little bit more fun.”
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While this may sounds surprising, it’s a healthy mindset to have. The Suns will play with extra desperation on the road as the Bucks look to close them out and win a championship. There will be no shortage of energy in the building as these two teams go at it.
Phoenix will need Deandre Ayton to play big in order to force a Game 7 back at home. Ayton bounced back from a quiet Game 4 with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 5. The Suns will need more of that, and they’ll also need to get more stops against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. to get a win. Milwaukee shot a ridiculous 57.5% from the field in the thrilling Game 5. That doesn’t cut it for Phoenix.