It’s been a long and wild ride for the Phoenix Suns, but after their 109-101 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, they finally figured out how to win against the Clippers and clinched a Playoff spot for the first time since 2010. A little side note, Devin Booker was in middle school, and starting center Deandre Ayton was only 11 years old when the Suns were last in the Playoffs.
That Playoff spot was up for grabs for either team last night, and it was clear that both were willing to do anything to snatch that final win. Could there be a little rivalry brewing between these two? As the Clippers and Suns have now faced off three times this season, I believe so, with each game producing tough, high-level basketball.
Chris Paul leads the NBA in midrange scoring, and out of 22 players with at least 200 midrange attempts, he also ranks 1st in efficiency, converting 51.6% of his non-paint 2s this year. pic.twitter.com/yBMNBq8d1E— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) April 29, 2021
Chris Paul was the tempo man for this match and had complete control throughout the game while making critical shots when Phoenix needed it the most. He finished with 28 points, ten assists, paired with three steals. Booker finished with 21, and five other Suns players had at least 10 points for the game. I will add that the Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard for the night, but Paul George led the Clippers with 25 points and ten rebounds, and Marcus Morris Sr. added 16.
Phoenix can now enjoy this win and finally prepare themselves for some post-season basketball. But they won’t be able to enjoy it for long, as they are back in action very soon. Both teams are at home for their next games, with the Suns hosting the Utah Jazz on Friday, and the Clippers face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Catch you Monday.