NBA Finals podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bucks heading to Finals for first time since 1974; Suns first time back since 1993

The Milwaukee Bucks touch the Eastern Conference Champion Trophy for good luck after game 6 Sat Jul 3, 2021 in Atlanta as they prepare for game 1 on Tue Jul 6, 2021 in Phoenix against the Western Conference Champions Suns (AP News photo)

On the NBA Finals podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo who missed his second straight game against the Atlanta Hawks out due to a knee injury could be assured that his talented teammates pressed on without him and won Saturday’s sixth game 118-107 to move onto the NBA Finals.

#2 Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the staple for the Bucks since his acquisition and he’s not doubt going to be a huge part of these finals coming off that knee injury.

#3 The last two games the Bucks won in games 5 and 6 and they made it look relatively easy with an 11 point win to close out the Hawks on Saturday night.

#4 The Phoenix Suns have handled many of their opponents in the post season and closed out the Los Angeles Clippers in game six last Wednesday 130-103. The Suns Chris Paul put away the Clippers almost single handedly with 41 points.

#5 Tip off for game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday 6th in Phoenix Joe how do you look at this series that opens up on the Suns home floor.

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NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with J Hawkes: Suns push Clippers to the brink; Game five on Monday

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker takes a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly during the first half of game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles Sat Jun 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe, You just can’t imagine the pressure the Los Angeles Clippers must feel after taking a 84-80 loss in game four on Saturday and now they are down 3-1 with game five in Phoenix on Monday night.

#2 The Clippers missed three free throws and were looking for the three but it was former Clipper Chris Paul who converted three free throw shots that helped in this very close contest.

#3 The Suns Devin Booker led with 25 points and fouled out of the contest in the final minute of the game. Booker gave it everything he had and because of his effort the Suns were able to out score the Clippers in the end.

#4 If the Suns can beat the Clippers on Monday night it would mark the first time since 1993 that the Suns have been in the NBA Finals it’s a been a long road to get this far but the Suns are now just one game away from getting to the finals.

#5 To show you how successful the Suns have been in the playoffs they took out the Lakers in round one 4-2 and the Denver Nuggets in a sweep 4-0 and momentum in this series with a 3-1 lead over the Clippers.

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NBA Playoff podcast with Joe Hawkes: Suns Booker nets 40 big effort defeats Clippers in game one, 120-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) lets everyone know who controlling this game as the Los Angeles Clippers guard Terrance Mann stands by (right) during game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at Phoenix on Sun Jun 20, 2021(AP News photo)

NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 The Phoenix Suns got some big scoring from Devin Booker (40 points) and Deandre Ayton (20) points good enough to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in game 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.

#2 The Clippers Chris Paul was out due to Covid 19 protocols how much did that handicap the Clippers.

#3 The Clippers got some scoring production out of Paul George who led with 34 points and Reggie Jackson with 24 but in the end the Clips came up short.

#4 Joe, Talk about the Suns general manager James Jones who just beat out the Utah Jazz vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey for the Executive of the Year Award. The Sun did do a number on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets to get this far and that might have made the difference for Jones winning the award.

#5 Tuesday is game 2 of the series in Phoenix and the Clippers are hoping to get Paul back in the line up they found out what a nemesis the Sun can be and if there were to drop game 2 they would have their hands full going back to Los Angeles down 0-2.

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NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bucks stop Nets on defense for game 4 win 107-96 tie series 2-2

The Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving steals the ball away from the Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton in game 4 in the first half on Sun Jun 13, 2021 in Milwaukee (AP News photo0

On the NBA Playoffs with J Hawkes:

#1 The Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) held the lead for most of game 4 over the Brooklyn Nets (2-2) to end up tying the series at 2-2. This was a must win for the Bucks and they did with some great offensive play.

#2 One thing the Bucks didn’t want to do is go down 1-3 but tying the series pretty much give Milwaukee a new look on the series.

#3 Giannis Antetokounmpo lead all scorers and the Bucks and he’s been the big key for the Bucks all along to get them this far.

#4 How surprising is it for you to see a loaded Nets team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Blake Griffin get held down on scoring and talk about how long Irving could be out with today’s ankle injury?

#5 Net and Bucks tip off for game 5 on Tue Jun 15th in Brooklyn this will give either team a chance to go one game up at the Barclay Center.

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NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: A look at Knicks-Hawks, Sun-Lakers, Nets-Celtics, Clippers-Mavericks

The Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is fouled trying to make a basket by the New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) on Sun May 30, 2021 in Atlanta in game 4 of the NBA Playoffs (AP News photo)

J Hawkes on the NBA podcast takes a look at today’s playoffs games:

#1 New York Knicks 96 @ Atlanta Hawks 113 game 4 Atlanta leads the series 3-1

#2 Phoenix Suns 100 @ Los Angeles 92 Lakers game 4 series is tied 2-2

#3 Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics game 4

#4 Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks game 4

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NBA Playoffs podcast: Joe Hawkes takes a look at today’s playoff action

On the NBA Playoffs with J Hawkes:

#1 Washington Wizards 118 @ Philadelphia 76ers 125 (game 1)

#2 Los Angeles Lakers 90 @ Phoenix 99 game 1

#3 Atlanta Hawks 107 @ New York Knicks 105 game 1

#5 Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz game 1

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Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors come back on Suns remain in 8th in Western Conference

The Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins who scored 38 points against the Phoenix Suns is congratulated by forward Draymond Green (23) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue May 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 The Golden State Warriors (37-33) were down but staged a comeback holding the Phoenix Suns (48-21) to just 18 points in the fourth quarter and scored 30 to win it 122-116.

#2 One of the keys to the Warriors offense was Andrew Wiggins who scored 38 points the Suns just couldn’t shut his shot or his offense down.

#3 It’s a tight spot for that last and final eighth spot in the Western Conference that the Warriors are holding onto they host the New Orleans Pelicans (31-38) on Friday night at the Chase Center and hope to keep winning to stay alive for a playoff position.

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Warriors fourth quarter rally stuns Suns 122-116; Wiggins top scorer with 38 points for Golden State

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) takes a shot against the Phoenix Suns Devin Booker at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue May 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

For the second night in a row, the Golden State Warriors (37-33) faced one of the top teams in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns (48-21). The Suns entered the game, still smarting from a 123-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. If the Suns were to win, they would be just one game behind the Utah Jazz in the race for first place in the Western Conference.

If Utah and Phoenix finish with identical records, Phoenix would be Division champs as they won the season series from the Jazz. The Warriors needed a win to remain in eighth place in the Western Conference. The eighth-place would give the Warriors two chances to make the final eight teams for the Western Conference title. If the Warriors finish in ninth or tenth, one loss will send them home.

Things did not go well for the Warriors in the first half. Phoenix, as so many teams have done, had two men defending Stephen Curry. The Warriors needed someone to step up and fill the void if Curry was shackled. Andrew Wiggins was the man. Wiggins finished the night with 38 points to lead the Warriors to an exciting 122-116 win.

 In the first quarter, the teams played a very face-paced, competitive game. The Warriors led 21-20 when Phoenix went on a 16-2 run to lea 36-23. The Suns were making threes, and the Warriors were not. The Suns connected on six threes. Phoenix led 38-29 after the first 12 minutes of action.

Things didn’t get better for Golden State in the second period. The Suns led by 15 points, 55-40, about halfway through the period. Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, and Juan Toscano-Anderson helped the Warriors close the gap to a eight-point deficit, 66-58 at the end of the first half.

The Suns Jae Crowder led his team with 17 points. Crowder knocked down five shots from behind the three-point arc. The 36-year-old veteran point guard, Chris Paul, had 11. Devin Booker had nine. Andrew Wiggins kept the Warriors in the game with 21. Kent Bazemore pitched in with 14. Curry finished with four points. He was 0-for-5 from downtown.

The Warriors knew they had to make adjustments to get Curry open so that he could attempt three-point shots. The Suns knew that the Warriors love to put their opponents away in the third quarter. Neither team would wilt in the quarter.

Curry made his only three-pointer of the night to bring the Dubs within six, 70-64. The Suns Devin Booker held to nine points in the first half, took over the Phoenix offense. Booker poured in 22 points while the rest of the Suns tallied just ten. The Warriors won the quarter 34-32 but still trailed by six, 98-92 heading into the final 12 minutes of play. 

The Warriors had to find a way to stop the Phoenix offense in the fourth quarter. Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Juan Toscano-Anderson were the players that held Phoenix to 18 points. The Warriors started the final 12 minutes with their second unit.

Wiggins and Jordan Poole each made a three to tie the game 103-103. Curry made a bucket to tie the game at 105-105. Phoenix went ahead 110-107 with three minutes left. Wiggins connected on a three to tie the game again. Chris Paul responded with a three to put Phoenix ahead 113-110.

Toscano-Anderson made his only three of the night to tie the game at 113-113. Jordan Poole gave the Warriors their first lead since they led 21-20 in the first period. Wiggins made a two-point bucket to give the Warriors a five-point lead 118-113 with 1:21 left.

The Suns Jae Crowder made his sixth three of the night to close within two, 118-116 with 1:10 left. Curry made a floater. Curry made a floater. Golden State led 120-116. The Suns, running out of time, fouled Jordan Poole. Poole made both free throws to seal the win for the Warriors 122-116.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 37-33 for the year. They have two games left on the schedule. They meet the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night and finish the season against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies trail the Warriors by 1/2 game in the race for the eighth spot in the conference. Sunday’s game should be a barnburner.

Andrew Wiggins was the player of the game for Golden State. Wiggins finished with 38 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Wiggins was 17-for-24 from the floor, and he connected on two threes. Green finished with a triple-double.

His numbers were 11 points, ten rebounds, and 11 assists. The Warriors rarely lose when Green has a triple-double. Poole had 20 points. Poole made three threes. Kent Bazemore had another solid game on both ends of the court.

Bazemore finished with 17 points. For most players scoring 21 points in a game would be a big night. For Curry, it was an off night. Curry tallied 21 points, three rebounds, and six assists. He was seven-for 22 from the floor, and he made one three in 11 tries. Toscano-Anderson finished with seven points, five rebounds, and six assists. He made one three, but it was huge when it happened in the fourth quarter. 

As a team, the Warriors made 47 field goals in 95 attempts. They were 11-for-40 from behind the three-point arc. They outrebounded the Suns 51-40. The Warriors recorded 33 assists on 47 field goals. 

Devin Booker led the Suns with 34 points. Chris Paul had 24, and Jae Crowder finished with 20.

The Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Chase Center. Zion Williamson will not play. The Pelicans’ star forward due to an injury he suffered last week against the Warriors in Crescent City. The game will start at 6:30 pm

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings lost ninth straight game 122-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker (1) drives on the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 in Phoenix (AP News photo)

#1 The Sacramento Kings (22-34) have lost their ninth straight game and again the game wasn’t even close as the Kings were handed a 122-114, 22 point loss in Phoenix (40-15).

#2 The Kings had a hard time shutting down the Suns Deandre Ayton led in scoring with 26 points and Devon Booker had 23 as they ran right through the Kings defense.

#3 The De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in scoring with 27 and Buddy Hield finished second with 24, the Kings had a total of six players in double figures and lost the game by eight.

#4 Coach as hard as he may and it’s been like that every night for Luke Walton this has to be his toughest patch of this 2021 season.

#5 The Kings get some rest as they won’t play again until next Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks (30-24). The Mavericks have won five out of their last eight games. Jeremiah size this game up Sunday between the Kings and Mavericks can the Kings snap the losing skid.

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Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings struggle with defense again lose by eight,122-114

The Phoenix Sun center Deanadre Ayton (22) takes a shot while being defended by the Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) and De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at Phoenix (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night. The Kings were playing in the second night of a back-to-back that saw them take on the Washington Wizards in Sacramento on Wednesday, and the Pheonix Suns on Thursday. The Sacramento Kings fell on Thursday to the Suns 122-114 in Phoenix. However, before we talk about that game let’s quickly recap Wednesday’s loss.

Flashback Wednesday: In the Kings last game they welcomed into Sacramento the Washington Wizards. The Wizards came into the game as one of the worst teams in the league according to their record, but that didn’t stop them. The Kings didn’t play a very solid defensive game as the Wizards beat the Kings by the final of 123-111. The Kings lost their eighth straight game as the losses continue to mount in the hunt for a play-in spot.

Thursday night recap: The Kings are a much worse team than the Phoenix Suns. That much we knew going into Thursday’s game for the Kings. However, the Kings have been known to win unexpected matchups while failing to take care of the “easy” opponents. The Kings were set to take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at 7 PM PST in Phoenix.

In the first half, The Kings kept up well with the Suns. The first quarter saw the Kings get outscored 33-28. The Kings defense was the blind side as the Suns took advantage. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Suns 37-34 as the Kings made back some of the ground they lost in the first quarter. The Kings would go into halftime down 67-65. The Kings kept it close with the Suns in the first half and would look for the comeback win on the road.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t able to complete a comeback. In the third quarter, the Kings did outscore the Suns 29-28 too keep the game close going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, the Kings offense evaporated. The Kings only managed to score 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns put up 27 to seal the deal in the dessert.

The Suns beat the Kings by a final of 122-114. The Kings were led by the usual person in the form of De’Aaron Fox who scored 27 points. For the Suns, Deandre Ayton led the way with 26 points. The Kings have now lost nine games in a row and will head to take on the Mavericks next.

Up Next: The Kings flew to Dallas after the game on Thursday to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at 4:30 PM PST.