Pelicans @ Suns Tuesday Playoff game thread 4-26-2022 - Game 5

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Gotta love Book's trash talking after a win like that. Time to back it up on Thursday and send these boys packing.
 
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I'm thinking playing the Pelicans first may be the best thing to happen to this team.

I have a lot of respect for the Pelicans. They are a talented and well coached team.

If the Suns can win the series it better prepares them for the rest of the playoffs.

They are a particularly bad match-up for Phoenix (length) and Booker being out doesn't help.
 

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True, but didn't you imply it when you said
"You know if we win Thursday the NBA turns us around for Game 1 on Saturday."
No. I was stating that the NBA will screw us with a quick turnaround. Didn’t imply anything else.
 

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We’re gonna get killed on Thursday, but win in a squeaker on Saturday… and then roll the Mavs in 5.
I don’t think we get killed a lot of our guys finally hit some 3s I think all of them no? This game was a confidence builder for US! Guys are playing like we should sure Payne was careless but hit some shots and looked useful when not fouling. Holiday got some run so maybe Monty will use him more! Everyone saw the ball go thru the basket. They may just gotten the little boost of confidence they needed to start rolling again! That’s how I’m gonna look at it…
 

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But, to be clear, this Suns team, right now, would have no chance against the Celtics or Bucks. IMO.
To be clear this Suns team is a different team with Book who would definitely be back in time for the Finals…
 

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I don’t think we get killed a lot of our guys finally hit some 3s I think all of them no? This game was a confidence builder for US! Guys are playing like we should sure Payne was careless but hit some shots and looked useful when not fouling. Holiday got some run so maybe Monty will use him more! Everyone saw the ball go thru the basket. They may just gotten the little boost of confidence they needed to start rolling again! That’s how I’m gonna look at it…
I hope you’re right. This series is a freaking grind. Just feels like 7 to me. Mostly because I can see CP3 being a little gassed.
 

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I hope you’re right. This series is a freaking grind. Just feels like 7 to me. Mostly because I can see CP3 being a little gassed.
Oh I think Monty will use Payne and Holiday again and actually try to limit Paul minutes so he can be fresh in the 4th. If guys can continue finding and playing their game we can win easily. It’s like people forget WE are the BEST road team in the NBA all season! **** we have a better road winning % than any team had at home! And I’m not even considering if Book is back or not that makes us completely different team when they can’t just attack Paul! Imagine if they didn’t have Ingram how good would they be? The Suns have not fallen apart they are just missing the MVP that’s all. Taken time to adjust but again this Pels team I think is better than most are giving them credit for, if they fielded this lineup all season they are competing for 3-5 seed easily! McCollum just came to the team late having two legit scorers completely changed their team and BI has blossomed. They may be a force if they keep that team together.
 

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I hope you’re right. This series is a freaking grind. Just feels like 7 to me. Mostly because I can see CP3 being a little gassed.
That would hold true in this series. He has played differently every other game and it appears to be fatigue.
 

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Ok I've got a question. In the first half, we were helping CP bring the ball up, setting screens, giving him outlets. Then in the second half, when he was exhausted, we left him on an island. Can anyone explain this to me? It's really bothering me.
I found this baffling. We were clamoring for it before the game. Monty deployed it. It worked. Then we stopped doing it and Paul had a turnover and ended up exhausted.
 

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I am still in awe of Mikal's performance. How he manages to average so many minutes, never take a play off on defense, AND proceeds to drop 31 points, play outstanding defense while playing the entire game in just beyond me. That man is just not human.
and he looked like he could go a couple of overtimes with out missing a beat!
 

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Forget talk of tortillas, bridges went full chimiCHANGA with extra spicy salsa tonight!!! Seriously his game at both ends tonight was out of this world.

Liked the twin towers, but weird Javale played only 9 minutes total all game.

Letting holiday do some ballhandling helped.

Man shamet was stinky.

Cam Johnson still isn’t blazing, but he put up some other stats tonight.

Solid game for Ayton. More to come.

Payne was jeckyl/Hyde tonight. But that’s better than just the Hyde we got from him first four games.

40 mins is a ton for Paul. Need book just to take some impactful court time from Paul. Oh and only an 11/1 assist/turnover ratio tonight.

Crowder played better tonight. Play well? Eh no. But better.

We are still a long ways from hitting on all cylinders. But at least a couple more started firing tonight.
 
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