Mendoza: Suns’ searing spurts unstoppable

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ARE we looking at a 4-0 sweep for the Phoenix Suns over the Milwaukee Bucks?

Too early to tell?

But if we look closely at Friday’s, July 9, 2021 (PH time) result, Phoenix appears ready to harness the sweep-driven broom.

The outcome yesterday seems to ominously lead us to the Suns emerging unscathed in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Look, the 118-108 Game 2 win for Phoenix’s back-to-back conquest of Milwaukee was not only fashioned in a manner as decisively devastating as when Manny Pacquiao knocked Ricky Hatton out in the second round in 2009.

The Suns’ win was tattooed with searing spurts of brilliance from the combo of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and, yes, the unheralded Mikal Bridges.

They were so prolific they deserve to usurp the Beatles moniker, “The Fab Four,” and escape happily from any infringement violation.

Booker topscored with 31 points spiked by seven threes, Ayton and Bridges fired 27 apiece and Paul tossed in 23, the four consistently collaborating in turning back sporadic Milwaukee rallies after erecting a 56-45 halftime margin.

With the quartet accounting for 108 of the Suns’ 118 total, how can the Bucks buck such bulk of point-production?

Not with Giannis Antetokounmpo doing the fighting alone -- practically.

Antetokounmpo, the two-time NBA MVP from Greece, unleashed all of his mythical power, but his game-high 42 points and 12 rebounds went for naught as his fellow warriors succumbed to Phoenix’s pounding and pouncing efficiency.

In his defeat-defying gallantry, the Greek Freak scored 20 third-quarter points, but he and the Bucks could only outscore the Suns by a solitary point, 33-32, in the frame.

That’s because Antetokounmpo’s backup faltered big time, with Khris Middleton contributing only 11 points, Brook Lopez 8 and PJ Tucker 7. Only Jrue Holiday played decently, scoring 17.

Thus, with the way the Suns beat the Bucks a second time in Phoenix, it is now not insanely wrong to predict Milwaukee making muck in the remainder of the first-to-win-four series -- even if Game 3 is played in Milwaukee on Monday, July 12.

To survive the Suns, the Bucks must lean on their illustrious past of nixing elimination when they rallied from 3-2 to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Also, Antetokounmpo needs the gods of Mt. Olympus to achieve that.

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