Clippers @ Suns Tuesday WCF game thread 6-22-2021 - Game 2

Larry Schweikart

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Big props to Cam Payne for a huge performance that kept the Suns in the game when the other shooters, except Cam Johnson, where cold. He looked like a ballet dancer on those drives to the basket with those underhanded shots. Amazing. I don't know how the Suns can afford to keep him around long term, so let's enjoy his time here and hope he can keep it up through the Finals.
Payne played exactly the way you hope a backup who wants to prove himself will play.

HOWEVER, the difference between him and say Booker or CP3 is in that last shot. The would-be game winning layup and he missed it. He had the lane. That will have to be the shot he eventually makes (think Robert Freakin Horry or Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson). But no doubt, without his offense we would have lost. Crowder, Bridges, and Booker all off last night, carried by Payne and Ayton and Cam Johnson.
 

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Looking at the highlights and box score it seems like Dario out game 1 behind him and moved on. He was put on the ground a few times but seems like he did better in game 2.

Dario is so important to give Ayton rest and he produced after a rough start last night.

In only 13 minutes Dario was 4-9 for 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
 

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I'm still looking at that game winning dunk by Ayton on ESPN and Monty telling him to dunk it beforehand.

That has to be the quickest dunk I have ever seen. It's so quick, it's hard to see.
 

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Oh my holy if paul might heard on espn back gm 3

What a mythical fight win by the suns

Of course he'll probably be back for game 3...this was never a "day to day" thing...That was fools gold, meant to just keep the Clippers and the rest of the basketball world guessing.
 

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The fatigue factor was huge. PG doesn’t miss those free throws if he is not gassed.

that was the game. No opportunity for heroics if he makes those.

the ESPN take after the game was that the Suns are clearly the better team. That was interesting.

that is the difference between now and previous Suns championship runs. I believe this Suns team is the best team left in the playofffs. That was not the case in 1976 where that was an overachieving team on a run or in 1993 when they had an equal match in the Bulls.

it’s more like the two years when Jordan was playing baseball. We were the best team but managed to blow two series with Houston.

this thing is not over. Win the first game in La and it will be.
 
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Calling the game winning dunk the "The Valley Oop," I will have to think about it but if Deandre likes it, so be it.

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i wont add anything that hasn't already been said -- but i will add this:

this was a top 5 horribly officiated game -- for both sides.

early on -- Beverly had a clean block on Book that was called a foul.

the offensive foul on Booker where he posted Mann and scored had the feel of an official making a gratuitous message to Booker -- "this is what you get for complaining"

It seems they let Paul George just lower his shoulder and run into people
 

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i wont add anything that hasn't already been said -- but i will add this:

this was a top 5 horribly officiated game -- for both sides.

early on -- Beverly had a clean block on Book that was called a foul.

the offensive foul on Booker where he posted Mann and scored had the feel of an official making a gratuitous message to Booker -- "this is what you get for complaining"

It seems they let Paul George just lower his shoulder and run into people

not only “let” but encouraged by calling fouls on the defender.
 

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  1. I’ve watched that lob play no less than 100 times already. Jae literally had a razor-thin margin of error on the inbound. Sharp pass
  2. Cam Payne is going to secure the bag this offseason. He’s playing his way out of our price range.
  3. Clippers should’ve won for all intense and purposes, but they stay being the Clips. Need CP3 back ASAP to make Lue think more. They’re close to taking a game from us
  4. I love Kawhi but I hope his knee stays f’d for a week or so.
  5. A win Thursday gives us a clear path to the championship
  6. Scott Foster can come visit my friend Bofa

+1 to ALL OF THIS.

+2!
 

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Im exhausted didn't zzz till 1

This morning is fun though bayless skip was hilarious bayless sayin ball out on ayton before ally play kind of looks like maybe suns got another break not being clipps ball

Just soooo many unreal things went suns wau fun gm

Now onto la..
 

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I'm still looking at that game winning dunk by Ayton on ESPN and Monty telling him to dunk it beforehand.

That has to be the quickest dunk I have ever seen. It's so quick, it's hard to see.

Was for me too. I immediately grabbed the remote and rewound it like 4 times in a row.

That was worth staying up for! I had been recording both the Suns and the hockey game so I had about 45 minutes of buffer on the Suns. Fourth quarter took so long that I caught up to real time and I watched the ending live. Wow! This team is pretty exciting, but man, those refs. o_O
 

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There were several plays where I thought a couple of the Clippers players were trying to take Booker and Payne out of the game.

Those were not basketball plays.

It was clear that Beverly had been given a message to be physical with Booker...TLue knew that would be the only way to win that game. Little did he know PG would become Pandemic P at the most crucial time.
 

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