Phoenix Suns: 3 Adjustments to Make for NBA Finals Game 4

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A 20-point loss in the NBA finals never goes over well, even for a team like the Phoenix Suns who still own a 2-1 series lead despite the blunder. They still possess home-court advantage as well, but adjustments still need to be made if they want to halt any Milwaukee-leaning momentum.

Up until the contest, the Suns had never suffered a loss this large in the 2021 NBA playoffs. The Bucks hammered them inside, coming away with 54 points in the paint, as the Suns struggled to shoot from outside, with a gross 29.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

Giannis Antetokounmpo even put up 41 points himself. Quite frankly, the Suns just sleepwalked through this one. Cameron Johnson’s explosive dunk over PJ Tucker briefly pumped some life into his team’s lungs, but even the excitement from that quickly died out.

The game essentially reached its end even before the final buzzer sounded, with the Suns seemingly waiving their white flags only a few minutes into the fourth quarter, still unable to pick themselves back up following a game-breaking 30-9 run for the Bucks to close out the first half.

With another game ahead though, the Suns have need to improve if they hope to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, instead of surrendering their position entirely and allowing a 2-2 split.

Taking just about the only thing they can from Game 3 though, the Suns should be able to see the many things they need to fix up before moving on. These three issues should be the first ones for them to patch up.