Hats off to any Phoenix Suns fan willing, or even able to watch the 2022 NBA Finals. Although both the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors surely deserve this chance to duke it out on the league’s grandest stage, the Suns likely cannot help but feel mistakenly left out.
The Suns not only reeled in more regular season wins than both the Celtics and Warriors this year, but did so in record breaking fashion. They possessed the league’s overall top seed entering the postseason, and the best odds to win it all.
But then Luka Doncic happened. The alarm sounded on Phoenix’s dream season, as the team fell short of a goal they looked destined to capture since early November.
Watching this year’s championship bout for the Suns will now be like sitting front row on Broadway watching one of your understudies perform—playing the role you auditioned for all season.
But still, at the end of the day, basketball fans are basketball fans. Even the most emotional members of Planet Orange were likely first drawn to this game just by watching the ball fall through the net, not caring whose hands it came out of nor what jersey they were wearing.
The NBA Finals is like Christmas morning for all basketball purists, regardless of who it involves. So for the love of the game, and to put to bed all the collective “saltiness” over the team’s early exit this year, Suns fans will want to enjoy this 75th rendition of the Finals. Here’s a guide on how to do so.