The Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers battled all game long in Game 2 of this Western Conference Finals series, but once again it was Phoenix taking advantage of playing in front of their fans and winning at home yet again, but not before some crazy fourth quarter antics! It was an iconic moment that will be remembered for years after the 2021 NBA playoffs.
It felt like the final minutes of the fourth quarter of this game took hours, but it left us with one of the most “sitting on the edge of your seat” type of games, even if you are not a fan of the Suns or Clippers! Paul George put the Clippers up late, then Devin Booker answered with his own jumper, only for Paul George to once again put the Clippers up with 20 or so seconds remaining on the clock.
Besides all the drama with Paul George missing two free-throws that would have sealed the deal for the Clippers and the referees constantly going to the monitor to check every last play, the final minute of this game was insane and so was the last possession.
The Suns were scrambling on offense down one and Mikal Bridges got a great open look in the right corner, only to miss short off the front-rim, but the ball did go out of bounds on the Clippers.
That inbounds pass following the Bridges miss will forever live in Suns playoff history and Suns franchise history as Jae Crowder lobbed the ball up to the rim for DeAndre Ayton and he finished it, putting the Suns up one with 0.7 seconds left!
Everything about Game 2 was pure craziness and while this series is 2-0 highly in favor of the Phoenix Suns, we have seen this narrative before with the Clippers. They came back down 0-2 against the Mavericks, then did it again against the Jazz, so they are more than capable of doing it a fourth time. This time though, they may not have Kawhi Leonard at all in the series as he is still out with an unspecified knee sprain.
Game 2 between the Clippers and Suns was yet another “staple” game in these NBA playoffs, so let’s go ahead and take a look at the three biggest takeaways from this game and what they mean for this series moving forward.