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Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks



The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks meet in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Thursday night at the Phoenix Suns Arena.

Follow our updates about the game, which is set to start at. 18 and can be seen on ABC.

The Suns have a 1-0 lead in the series after a 118-105 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

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In 1

969, the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks had a coin flip to decide who would get the number one overall pick in the draft.

The Milwaukee Bucks won the flip and took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the No. 1 pick, while the Suns took the No. 2 Neal Walk, forever connecting the two franchises and asking “What if?” questions for Phoenix Suns fans.

Abdul-Jabbar shared his choice for the NBA Finals between the Suns and Bucks shortly before Game 2, and yes, he flipped a coin.

His choice? Bucks in six.

Suns fans are hoping to take revenge on the Bucks in the N21 final in 2021.

The Bucks won a title with Abdul-Jabbar in 1971.

Starting lineups

The Suns and Bucks make no changes to their starting lineup for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Suns move forward with Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton in the center and Devin Booker and Chris Paul on guard.

The Bucks start PJ Tucker and Giannis Antetokounmpo forward, Brook Lopez in the center and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on guard.

What adjustments come in game 2?

How you perform in an NBA playoff series often depends on what adjustments you make from game to game.

What adjustments could we see from the Bucks in Game 2?

There has been a lot of talk about Milwaukee potentially playing Giannis Antetokounmpo at 5 (center position) in the game in an attempt to change things for the Bucks (a move perhaps partly designed to get Deandre Ayton in bad trouble and the Suns are not so deep with their big men after Dario Saric’s injury in game 1).

Milwaukee were burned on many occasions in Game 1 when their switches put Robin Lopez on Chris Paul or other Suns. Will they change it Thursday night?

The Bucks could try to catch Paul and Devin Booker by putting the burden on the other suns to hit their outside shots, something the team did not do well in Game 1 (Phoenix was 11-of-24 from 3-point range, not terrible, but this team can shoot better).

Will Jrue Holiday be more aggressive on defense and perhaps channel the style with the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley to become a nuisance to Phoenix?

The Bucks seemed to rely on jumpers at times in Game 1, not being aggressive and taking the ball to the hoop, while the Suns, and especially Devin Booker especially in the beginning, made it a habit to attack the basket.

Phoenix shot 26 free throws (and made 25 of them) as a result. Milwaukee was only 9 of 16 from the line. Will we see a more assertive Bucks team by offense to try to change that in Game 2?

The Suns have shown an ability to adjust their offense based on what the other team gives them through the playoffs. They may need to adjust in Game 2 based on how the Bucks defend them early.

Just a few things to keep an eye on in the early race at the Phoenix Suns Arena tonight.

Can Chris Paul continue this?

Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has been on the roll in his last two games.

Paul has scored a total of 73 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Bucks and Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers.

He was a remarkable 16-of-24 from the field for 41 points against the Clippers (and 7-of-8) from three-point range to close the Clippers before going to 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting in the Game 1 (and 4-to-7 on 3-pointers).

Devin Booker excited for Paul after game 1. Can the point guard keep it up in game 2 against Milwaukee?

Game

“He’s the greatest leader,” praises Devin Booker Chris Paul

After a big Game 1 victory in the NBA Finals, Devin Booker reacts to being able to play with Chris Paul and how big a leader Paul is for this Suns team.

Arizona Republic

Pre-reading

Collect these stories from the Republic of Arizona to prepare for Game 2 of the Suns vs. Bucks Series:




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