The Phoenix Suns’ run to the NBA Finals is fugazi.
Better yet, it’s fraudulent.
If you had to touch it, you’d need to wash your hands immediately.
And if it was currency, it would be a $3 bill.
Yes, the Suns — who beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference finals in six games — are heading to the Finals for the first time since 1993, back when Charles Barkley played for them.
And many are lauding the team, led by Chris Paul and Devin Booker. This franchise had not made the playoffs in a decade. And while no one wants to rain on the Suns’ parade, let’s not get it twisted. The Suns’ rise has more to do with injuries, not great play in the postseason.
In an NBA playoffs that has resembled a M*A*S*H unit more than anything, the Suns have avoided major injuries. Paul briefly hurt his shoulder against the Lakers. And the Suns even won the two games Paul missed due to COVID protocol against the Clippers.
The path to a championship has been parted wider than the Red Sea by Moses for the Exodus of the children of Israel.
For sure, in postseasons gone by, other teams have taken advantage of their opponents misfortune and captured a title. Check the Golden State Warriors’ title in 2015. It was gift-wrapped, too.
But the Suns’ run of good luck has been ridiculous.
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