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Phoenix Suns ‘captivating sports story,’ says ESPN NBA commentator Doris Burke

With 40 points in Game 6, Cnris Paul led the Phoenix Suns into the NBA Finals.He did a lot of talking after the game versus the Clippers.

By Duane Rankin | Arizona Republic

People just can’t get enough of these Phoenix Suns right now. 

“This is the kind of story, to me, that captures the imagination of sports fans,” ESPN NBA commentator Doris Burke said Thursday afternoon.

“Think about it. Within a four-year stretch, they were the worst team in the NBA in terms of number of wins, a 11-year playoff drought and in one year, with three pivotal pieces going through this for the first time, they find their way all the way through to the NBA Finals.”

Burke did ESPN’s radio broadcast of Phoenix’s 130-103 Game 6 win Wednesday over the Los Angeles Clippers at STAPLES Center to capture the Western Conference finals, took a red-eye flight back east and was in need of a good nap, but found a jolt of energy to talk about the nearly unexplainable, but truly remarkable journey of these Suns.

“I am neutral, but it is for us, just like the casual sports fan, a captivating sports story in my estimation.”

ESPN NBA commentator Doris Burke

The second-seeded Suns will play either the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks or fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6 Saturday in Atlanta as two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo missed Game 5 with a hyperextended left knee injury he suffered in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is helped off the court after being injured in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Hawks.

Trae Young sat Game 4 and 5 with a bone bruise on his right foot for the Hawks. He’s listed as questionable for Game 6 while Antetokounmpo is doubtful.

So both teams have missed their best player, but Burke likes Phoenix’s chance against either Milwaukee or Atlanta even if Antetokounmpo or Young is healthy for the finals.


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