The playoffs has entered its final round, with the Bucks and Suns making it out of their respective conferences.
The Bucks, led by their big 3, Giannis,Middleton and Holiday have fought through their conference battling with former finals contenders, Miami heat, most favourite to win a championship, Brooklyn Nets, and the fast rising Atlanta Hawks to get here.
The Suns on the other hand, who were most likely not considered a finals bound team at the beginning of the season defied all odds when the new lead for their team, Chris Paul, with the help of their young stars, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton skyrocketed the team to the second best team in their conference. They then made their first playoff appearance in a very long while. They beat the defending champs, Lakers, annihilated the shorthanded Nuggets and the seasons MVP and then snatched another series win from the impressive Clippers.
The Bucks have been through a lot of playoff series these past few years but haven’t made the finals or won the championship and now that they have made the finals, it’s all or nothing for the team. Also, if they should win, it would be the first time three brothers would have won the championship in the league by the Antetokuompo brothers. Kostas already had his with the Lakers in 2020 in the bubble and Giannis and Thananis hope to get theirs this year. This championship will also be the franchise’s second and their opponent’s first if things don’t go their way.
The Suns have barely sniffed a championship or finals since Charles Barkley, and with Chris Paul in his 16th season, nobody else has expressed hunger for a championship like him. Many are rooting for him this year. Kendrick Perkins, a former NBA player and controversial pundit and analyst even stated (not emphatically) that; Chris Paul will be one of the few players to do it right in his chase for championship, in the sense that, he never joined a super team to achieve the feat.
His young companion, Devin Booker is also known to be one of the league’s best scorers with instincts like his role model, Kobe Bryant. No team is a walk over.
This year’s NBA FINALS also features two teams who haven’t made the finals in more than 20 years….
By Nii Amarh Noel