We already knew that former Kentucky Wildcats star Devin Booker was going to be playing in his first NBA Finals. He’ll be doing it on his first trip to the postseason as well. He’s also doing it without a Game 7 in his career.
After a six-game series with the Lakers, Booker’s Suns sent Los Angeles packing. With Deandre Ayton playing a big role, the Suns then sent the Denver Nuggets back to the Mile High City in a clean four-game sweep.
Finally, the Suns defeated the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers. As all three teams have sustained injuries, there’s been quite a bit of talk about whether this Finals is legit.
At the end of the day, almost every NBA Finals can have injury as an excuse. Booker and his Suns have earned their chance to be NBA Champions.
That said, they’ll be taking on a gritty and experienced Milwaukee Bucks team.
Since Giannis Antetokounmpo buckled his knee backward in Game 4 of their series with the Atlanta Hawks, the two-time MVP has yet to return to the court despite no ligament damage having been done.
However, the Bucks were still able to win the last two games and end the Hawks’ Cinderella run.
Giannis’ status for Tuesday’s Game 1 is still to be determined, but at least for now, it looks relatively unlikely. For Milwaukee, their trip to the Finals was not quite as easy. They swept the Heat after being sent home by Miami in the bubble.
They then were taken to seven games by the Brooklyn Nets, who were just a couple inches on a Kevin Durant three from playing the Hawks. The Bucks eventually outlasted the Nets and were gifted the Hawks, a team that put up a strong fight but still lost in six games.
That’s how we got here, and hopefully, Booker’s Suns will be able to come out on top in the end.