Ten Takes From Game 1

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We are still the underdogs, it seems. From the beginning of the playoffs until now. But our team has to let other people talk and continue to stay focused. Let's keep on winning so that those people will finally understand they were wrong!
Btw, today it's my birthday! A 2-0 lead would be the perfect gift.
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Looking at the match-up boxscores on NBA.com I noticed a few interesting details.

1. Booker was defended by Jrue Holiday 50% of the time that he was on offense (~6 min.). During that Time Booker shot 0/6. He was 8/13 against everyone else.
2. Paul was defended for 4 minutes by Holiday and shot 2/2, with 6 pts and 4 assists.
3. Paul scored 12 points against Lopez!
4. Players guarded by Booker shot 2/13.
5. Players guarded by Crowder shot 10/15.
 

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Looking at the match-up boxscores on NBA.com I noticed a few interesting details.

1. Booker was defended by Jrue Holiday 50% of the time that he was on offense (~6 min.). During that Time Booker shot 0/6. He was 8/13 against everyone else.
2. Paul was defended for 4 minutes by Holiday and shot 2/2, with 6 pts and 4 assists.
3. Paul scored 12 points against Lopez!
4. Players guarded by Booker shot 2/13.
5. Players guarded by Crowder shot 10/15.

The rumor is the Bucks think that Booker will get his but Paul does the more damage because of his passing. It makes Ayton more dangerous. They want to lock down Paul. Meaning expect to see Holiday on Paul most of the night. That means Booker is going to have to be good tonight getting others involved if Holiday impacts Paul's effectiveness. Also, on the radio they were saying that the Bucks don't plan on fighting over as many screens allowing Paul to switch away from Holiday.

If any of that is true they are daring for Booker to be the one that beats them. Hopefully, Paul can fight through all of that.
 

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The rumor is they are going to let Booker get his. They want to lock down Paul. Meaning expect to see Holiday on Paul most of the night. That means Booker is going to have to be good tonight getting others involved if Holiday impacts Paul's effectiveness. Also, on the radio they were saying that the Bucks don't plan on fighting over as many screens allowing Paul to switch away from Holiday.

Interesting. Paul did better than Booker did against Holiday.
 

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Interesting. Paul did better than Booker did against Holiday.
The thinking there likely is that Paul can kill you multiple ways. Including getting easy hoops for Ayton. If you can lock down Paul that forces Booker to be a better distributer for the night. They don't think Booker is CP3. So by trying to lock up Paul you make Ayton less efficient as well. If true, sounds like they are banking that Booker can score but the Suns will struggle to get others involved.
 

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The rumor is the Bucks think that Booker will get his but Paul does the more damage because of his passing. It makes Ayton more dangerous. They want to lock down Paul. Meaning expect to see Holiday on Paul most of the night. That means Booker is going to have to be good tonight getting others involved if Holiday impacts Paul's effectiveness. Also, on the radio they were saying that the Bucks don't plan on fighting over as many screens allowing Paul to switch away from Holiday.

If any of that is true they are daring for Booker to be the one that beats them. Hopefully, Paul can fight through all of that.
Let them put whoever they want wherever they want. I counter with Cam Payne.
I offer no quarter and demand none.
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What I liked about this victory is that the Suns won even though Crowder and Booker were pretty terrible from the field.

The Suns didn't play their A game at all and still had a chance to blow out the Bucks. I find it pretty crazy that many NBA fans aren't taking the Suns seriously.
It just means that this team is super deep and can win in multiple ways..
 

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At this rate, somehow we’ll still be the underdogs even after we win the NBA Championship.

oh... even after we win this title, come October, you better be ready for people to have us be ranked 4th in the preseason... IN OUR OWN DIVISION behind the Lakers, Clippers and Warriors.
 

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I watched some of the media reactions and I'm shocked at just how much they are STILL underrating the Suns.

It's almost like the Suns were the 6th seed the way they talk about them. They talk about Holiday as if he is on par with Paul. They talk about Middleton like he is on par with Booker.

And even more annoying is that they basically act as if the reason game 1 played out the way it did was that Holiday didn't play his A game. Maybe that's because of the Suns outstanding defense?

The Suns aren't the Hawks; this is probably the best defensive team the Suns have ever fielded! It starts with Bridges on the perimeter and Ayton in the middle. Crowder is a good defender and so is Paul. Booker has improved dramatically. Even the twin Cams aren't bad on defense. Team defense was the reason the Bucks struggled a bit on offense.

On offense the Suns constantly dictate match ups. Brook Lopez is nearly unplayable on the defensive end.
The Suns aren't the Hawks as you said. The Bucks haven't faced a single team in these playoffs that can remotely match the defense the Suns can play.

Due to the Nets being injured they also haven't faced an offense that is quite as good as the Suns either.

The Suns on the other hand have faced 2 better defenses than the Bucks in both LA teams and 2 offenses that are at least on par with the Bucks in the Clippers (best shooting team in the playoffs) and the Nuggets (led by possibly the best offensive player in the league).

The Suns are simply battle tested at this point and the Bucks IMO have not been tested nearly to the extent that the Suns have been. The Suns are potentially 1 good half of basketball away from breaking the Bucks and blowing this series open.
 

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