Phoenix Suns’ 3 best points include ‘free-throw defense’ and more

Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
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As the Phoenix Suns await the chance to reach their first NBA Finals since 1993, a good amount of their fans understandably are anxious about the team, its shooting and 24-year-old star Devin Booker.

While the Phoenix Suns found a way to win Game 4, they’ll need to focus on three primary areas as they pursue the franchise’s first championship.

The Suns have to maintain dedication to their tireless defensive effort, return to their season averages in field-goal success and find a better Booker to complete this surprising run through the playoffs.

What’s going well? Deandre Ayton has been a major presence on offense and defense, continuing to show improvement month over month, rewarding the increasingly hard work he’s been contributing.

Suns coach Monty Williams said the change has served to make the team considerably better.

"It’s not like he was ever a bad worker. But we just felt like he has the kind of ability that, if he puts in the kind of work that I’ve seen guys with this type of ability to put in, he can be a dominant player. “He knows that it takes a lot to be really good in this league. He’s a guy that’s willing to do all the extra stuff. We just want him to be a better version of himself."

There has been analysis and deconstruction of just about every matchup and nuance of this Suns-LA Clippers Western Conference finals series, but there’s always room for a little more.