The Suns were focused on being even more physical and aggressive in Game 2 vs. the Nuggets, assisting them in a 123-98 win and a 2-0 series lead, wrote Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic.
Along with that, added coach Monty Williams, they wanted to keep things moving on offense.“We’re just trying to play the right way for each other,” Williams told reporters. “We try to play hard every single night. That’s who we are. That’s our DNA. Our guys share the ball. I think the thing that’s really cool to watch is guys making plays for each other. This is playoff basketball and that’s how we have to play to be successful.”
The Suns actually led by as many as 31 points, an advantage that led to Nuggets coach Mike Malone venting some frustration afterward.
“We’re walking out of here with our heads held down, rightfully so,” Malone said. “There’s a reason their crowd is yelling ‘Suns in 4’ and they’re calling for a sweep because if we play like this back in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series.”
More from Phoenix
- Veteran point guard Chris Paul indicated he is experiencing very minor lingering effects from the right should injury suffered in the first round vs. the Lakers. “I feel good, I feel really good,” Paul told reporters. “I missed some easy ones early, but the way that we play, the ball is going to find you.”
- Paul put on a playmaking clinic in Game 2, proving again that an otherwise young team can really go places with a heady, veteran floor leaders, wrote Michael Kaskey-Blomain of CBS Sports. “He manages games better than anybody I’ve ever been around,” Williams said.
- The Suns have now won five straight playoff games, as Paul marches on after normal adversaries such as LeBron James and Steph Curry have been sent home, noted Brian Windhorst of ESPN.