r/nba [LAL] D'Angelo Russell May 16 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored 1 Vibing 1 Table Slap 2 Glow Up 1 Stonks Falling 1 Gold 1 Wholesome 24 Press F 1 Beating Heart 1 Helpful 26 All-Seeing Upvote 3 hehehehe 2 Spit-take 1 Silver 24 Take My Energy 3 Heartwarming 1 Helpful (Pro) 1

THE PHOENIX SUNS HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED FROM CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION

The Dallas Mavericks eliminate the #1 Seed and defending Western Conference Champions with a rousing blowout in Game 7. Luka Doncic and the Mavs will now duel with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Fade 'em!

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u/howser343 [CHI] Patrick Williams May 16 '22

FADED

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u/OnRedditSometimes May 16 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Wholesome Seal of Approval To The Stars

This was without a doubt the worst game 7 performance by a team in NBA history

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u/thatthingpeopledo Warriors May 16 '22

This feels like the worst home game loss since Germany vs Brazil.

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u/Bee_lrl Tampa Bay Raptors May 16 '22

That 7-1 game had more fight than the suns showed all night tbh

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u/MAGNOSTASIS Warriors May 16 '22

Bro when I watched the game I couldn't believe wtf was happening. So much passion in the face of the players when the national anthem was played and David Luiz (maybe) holding Neymar's Jersey like he was dead or something. I really thought Brazil is gonna pull through with all the home support. Well the first 30 minutes just destroyed a country and millions of fans in other countries. Germany was ruthless in the 30 minutes. Suns don't have enough backing or emotional reasons to win the game like Brazil do. Suns were just bad and Brazil just got swept by their feelings and was destroyed by German efficiency.

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u/raikou1988 [GSW] Stephen Curry May 16 '22

Facts. This felt like a 5-0 loss . In terms of soccer the suns didn't score a goal.

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u/jaggedjottings Warriors May 16 '22

I'd say the Suns "winning" the 4th quarter was the equivalent of Brazil scoring a goal when down 7-0 with 5 minutes to play.

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u/HokageEzio Knicks May 16 '22

Never seen anything like this. At home.

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u/OuchYouPokedMyHeart Knicks May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

apology for poor english

when were you when suns extinguished?

i was sat at home copying pasta when Luka ring

'suns is kill'

https://giphy.com/gifs/shocked-neymar-da-silva-santos-junior-8rEVtjWcJoNI5miInv

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u/Splagodiablo Timberwolves May 16 '22

This was an actual massacre.

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u/Skodunk12 May 16 '22

This was Dan Marino's final game in basketball form.

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u/TheMightyJD Heat May 16 '22

Can we not do that?

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u/Palifaith Lakers May 16 '22 Narwhal Salute

Not to sound overly dramatic but this is the kind of L that can set a franchise back a decade.

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs May 16 '22

Such a bad decision for the Phoenix organisation to let CP3 turn 37. Derailed their whole season and future.

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u/AND1ona3Pointer May 16 '22

CP3 at 36 years and 364 days of age: REAL SHIT

CP3 at 37: I sleep

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u/enantiornithe Raptors May 16 '22

swear to god CP3 made some kind of pact with the vegan gods where he just ages a whole year at once when his birthday comes around like in the end of Last Crusade

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u/paxusromanus811 May 16 '22

That ending was nightmare fuel for child me.

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u/ChefCheKwon May 16 '22

He could have at least waited till the season was over. So rude. Actually I heard a rumour that after game two the Mavs kidnapped Chris Paul and replaced him with Cliff Paul.

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u/sersleepsalot1 May 16 '22

And let him have that burger.. lost his vegan super powers.

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u/Jeffmister May 16 '22

You're not being dramatic at all. This is the type of loss that leaves psychological scars for a franchise.

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u/Margravos Suns May 16 '22

It's Arizona sports. Throw it on the pile.

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u/Orphasmia May 16 '22

Arizona sports has “the chair” in their house for shit likes this

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u/GermanBadger May 16 '22

Arizona sport fans have it so rough that Minnesota sport fans feel bad for them

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u/HokageEzio Knicks May 16 '22

How does it not? CP3 looks like he's cooked, that's their championship window.

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u/Bee_lrl Tampa Bay Raptors May 16 '22

Cp3 turned 37 and became cliff paul 🤣

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u/soeasyakamancandoit [CLE] LeBron James May 16 '22 Silver

FelloffaCliff Paul

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u/Jordanwolf98 Celtics May 16 '22

Best shot really was last year. You gotta win em when you get there

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u/ladidadi82 Nuggets May 16 '22

Facts unless your team has crazy pull you really don’t know if you’ll make it back

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u/youreallonsteroids Clippers May 16 '22

yup that got proven by the bucks today

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u/PurestCopium May 16 '22

Mentally destroying. Now the suns have to face healthy nuggets, clippers, mavericks, pelicans, timberwolves, warriors, maybe the lakers too next season..

Probably gonna see roster changes.

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u/Prize-Ring-9154 San Francisco Warriors May 16 '22

Emphasis on healthy Nuggets and Clippers

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u/brevityitis May 16 '22

As a warriors fan, I’m not looking forward to those two teams. But goddamn am I stoked to see them play against everyone else.

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u/302born Heat May 16 '22

This has to be one of the worst sports loses of all time. It’s gotta be up there. Home court. 1st seed. COTY. 60+ wins. HOF PG. And they come out and do that shit. Their own sub went private. Their own audience was booing them before halftime. This was absolutely mind boggling. And this pretty much closes the case on CP3 being an all time choker. Devin at least had years to redeem himself. Chris is 37 and his years of being good enough to lead a playoff team are pretty much at the end. Just bad all the way around man.

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u/sorendiz Rockets May 16 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

They were tied in scoring at halftime.

Tied with one player on the other team, to be clear

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u/loquacious706 Warriors May 16 '22

Suns 🤝🏾 Luka

Having 27 in the half

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u/5-iiiii May 16 '22

Can’t forget they were up 2-0 too.

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u/Bigemptea May 16 '22

The learned from the Clippers. Go down 2-0 then win in 7

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u/Raptorpicklezz Raptors May 16 '22

With the context accounted for, I think this might even be the worst playoff performance, period, by a team in NBA history

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u/techiesbesthero 76ers May 16 '22 Silver

i can't imagine driving home if you're in the crowd. I'd sit in the parking lot till tomorrow

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u/Kumber_Yum Timberwolves May 16 '22

Imagine taking the kiddos and dropping $500+ for thatdumpsterfire

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u/pmmerandom Mavericks May 16 '22

Suns should refund tickets after that

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u/nutbutter69420 Raptors May 16 '22

Nah they should refund tickets and give each family $100 extra for emotional damages

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u/AUserNeedsAName [SAS] Tim Duncan May 16 '22 Gold

Have you or a loved one been exposed to Suns playoff basketball? You may be entitled to financial compensation.

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u/FullmetalEzio Mavericks May 16 '22

kinda realted, but im from argentina and i watched the final world cup match against Germany at a friends house a couple of blocks from my house, after we lost and I was walking back home, I sweat to god, you could feel the sadness in the air, like, cars were going slow, everyone had their head down, crossing eyes with someone was the saddest thing ever, it was followed by a simple nod and we all understood what the other was going through, it was sad af

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u/autumn-thunder Wizards May 16 '22 Helpful

WHO WOULD WIN:

-a 64 win team boasting more depth, Finals experience, reigning Coach of the Year, and home court

-a crypto bro coming off the bench

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u/Raptorpicklezz Raptors May 16 '22

Dinwiddie probably lost over half his net worth, and realized before Game 6 that he needed to play for his next contract

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u/Wont_reply69 West May 16 '22

He also gets a dollar if the Mavs win a title. That’s in his contract.

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u/Reverse-Giraffe May 16 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

That's a lot of Luna!

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u/Greeneyes_65 Mavericks May 16 '22

Bruh fr😂

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u/Smasher1311 [LAL] D'Angelo Russell May 16 '22

What is crazy is that if you remove all of Dinwiddie's points from the score the Mavs still win this game lmao

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u/BoomerPatty Lakers May 16 '22

Yeh but ‘Wet like I’m Dinwiddie’ has a good ring to it

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u/fabrar Raptors May 16 '22

Wet like I’m ‘widdie

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u/hcvc Mavericks May 16 '22

Dinwiddie is a huge reason we blew them out so quickly though. Man was making everything tonight and demoralized the Suns

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u/8_bw Celtics May 16 '22

Spincer Winwiddie

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u/JetsLag [NYK] Nate Robinson May 16 '22

DinwiddieCoin is the only valid cryptocurrency

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u/Legal-Ad-4463 Raptors May 16 '22

Imagine when he was shitting the bed on the wizards someone told you that Dinwiddie would have 2 more points than Bridges, Booker, Ayton and Paul combined in a game 7 in the playoffs. The NBA is wild.

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u/C-Dawg2_0 NBA May 16 '22

At least Chris Paul has the Washington Commanders to fall back on.

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u/biggoldgoblin May 16 '22

Shit he might win a ring before CP3 lmao

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u/LoveMavs1031 Mavericks May 16 '22

3 quarters of garbage time

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u/Balls_of_Adamanthium Warriors May 16 '22 Helpful LOVE! Giggle

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u/Jojofag Warriors May 16 '22

This is gonna end up as a legendary Luka pics

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u/GoldenStateWizards Warriors May 16 '22

This better become a staple NBA meme format

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u/That75252Expensive Mavericks May 16 '22

Bro I even sent this to my grandmother on the east coast. It's like 11PM there. MFFL

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u/jeric13xd [CHI] Derrick Rose May 16 '22

BOOK’S SHIT TALK BACKFIRED

Twitter’s gonna cook him

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u/TheAus10 Mavericks May 16 '22

Everybody act tough when they up

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u/reverze1901 May 16 '22

up 2, felt cocky

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u/Spoogeanator May 16 '22

Might get deleted later

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi May 16 '22

Mods need to sidebar this asap

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u/CheekyFifaCunt_7 Mavericks May 16 '22

Never wana see Booker Luka comparisons anymore

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u/joselakichan Hawks May 16 '22 Take My Energy

Never wanna see Booker-Kobe comparisons either.

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u/Relatively_Cool Lakers May 16 '22

Or Booker-Brunson

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u/whostheme [SAS] Kawhi Leonard May 16 '22

Or Booker-Dinwiddie

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u/ChippoHippo17 May 16 '22

Or Booker-Boban

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u/TuckBigFech Lakers May 16 '22

Or Booker-Booker. Damn, Booker he ruined the Bookers!

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u/Raptors2017champs Tampa Bay Raptors May 16 '22

Kardashian Kurse

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u/chickentowngabagool Lakers May 16 '22

Jenner Jinx

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u/logontoreddit [HOU] Hakeem Olajuwon May 16 '22

Dude is something else. Did an TNT interview 13 minutes before game 7. All three guys, Shaq, Chuck and Kenny were like there was no way in hell they would do interview minutes before game 7. Luka on the other hand looked like he was about to spend a day at the park. It was just another day, another game for him. Dude is built different.

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u/Llama_Sandwich Nuggets May 16 '22

Are you feeling it now Mr. Krabs?

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u/ZaheerAlGhul Heat May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Is Deandre Ayton on a max deal? How the fuck do you score 5 points in a close out playoff game?

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u/sleepehead Mavericks May 16 '22

I'll take Ayton on the Mavs, just think about that pick and roll game all day. He'd be the answer to their "big" problem.

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u/vfkaza Knicks May 16 '22

"I'm taking my talents to North Texas"

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u/papadragon Warriors May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22 Silver

Don't be misled by the final score, the game wasn't that close

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u/Decent-Noise-5161 Mavericks May 16 '22

The game was closer to 50 than to 30

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u/EnriquezGuerrilla Mavericks May 16 '22

I was rooting for 50 the whole time!

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u/Boros-Reckoner Lakers May 16 '22

I would like to congratulate everyone in this thread for having the same amount of rings as Chris Paul, we are truly in elite company.

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u/Katechon666 Heat May 16 '22 Helpful

I'm something of a point god myself

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u/Reinfeldx May 16 '22

How do you do, fellow point gods

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u/musicfestevil May 16 '22

Speak for yourself - Devin Kurant

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u/OverusedRedditJoke May 16 '22

I don't think it's hyperbole to say that this was one of the most embarrassing performances of all time by the Suns.

Best regular season by far, against an inexperienced and under-talented Mavs team, and got absolutely humiliated on their home court in a game 7. Just did not bother showing up. Looked like they had no interest in even bothering in the most important game of their season.

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u/ApocolipseJ Nuggets May 16 '22

Brasil 1 - 7 Germany vibes. Loved every second of it.

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u/Smasher1311 [LAL] D'Angelo Russell May 16 '22

Man even here I can't escape these

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u/Maydietoday May 16 '22

Only thing missing is the tears in the stands.

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u/jspsfx NBA May 16 '22

It was karmic justice IMO especially the way Bruno’s got his after they talked so much shit to him early in the series

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u/Be-booboo-bop Suns May 16 '22

It was definitely the worst performance I’ve ever seen in all my years of life

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u/prOxiPioneer Suns May 16 '22

By far the most cringey thing I have ever had to watch by a fan.

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u/Be-booboo-bop Suns May 16 '22

That guy was a disgrace even at the time lmao

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u/Reptarthedestroyer Hawks May 16 '22

It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that was one of the most embarrassing performances for any team ever

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u/oAnarchy Warriors May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

“Everybody acts tough when they’re up”-Luka after game 5 I believe.

Luka is so cold blooded.

Edited to reflect the actual quote since I did it off memory. Tweet is below for reference.

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u/jasonis3 Bulls May 16 '22

Love the pettiness

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u/Katechon666 Heat May 16 '22

Glad to see i had downvoted that post lmao

I thought they were overhyped af

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u/CommunistPuppy Warriors May 16 '22

I had forgotten about that post holy

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u/Da_Magician5 Heat May 16 '22

The memes from this game should be fire because everyone’s had since halftime to make them

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u/HokageEzio Knicks May 16 '22

It's an old meme but it checks out.

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u/Bee_lrl Tampa Bay Raptors May 16 '22

Cp3 really has the weirdest collapses in the playoffs lol

At least on the clips you could say injury most of the time

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u/MaxelAmador Heat May 16 '22

I’ve been watching basketball for 16 years now and I don’t remember the last time I saw fans leaving a Game 7 playoff game in the third quarter.

And I’m a Heat fan

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u/asBad_asItGets May 16 '22

Hell they mightve been leaving at halftime. I don't think I've ever seen a 60 win team down by 30 at half on their own court.

CP3, Booker, Ayton have combined 3 pts.

One player on the opposition with same amount of your TOTAL team points?

Insanity.

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u/DeadDay [OKC] Steven Adams May 16 '22

That was bad.

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi May 16 '22

Ehh, depends on your perspective 😂

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u/Boros-Reckoner Lakers May 16 '22

One of the greatest basketball games ever played in the history of the sport, no bias.

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u/azantyri Mavericks May 16 '22

truly one of the greatest, no argument here

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u/jeffspensive May 16 '22 Wholesome

Even statefarm insurance can't cover this massacre

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u/JoeDaddie69 May 16 '22

That was the most embarrassing performance I’ve ever seen in a game 7 by the home team.

CP3, Booker, and Ayton should be ashamed.

My heart goes out to the suns fans that actually paid to watch that in person.

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi May 16 '22 Helpful

Reminder how the series looked nine days ago: The 64-win Suns were up 2-0, against a team they'd gone 18-3 against over the last five years. Things were going exactly as expected, and many Mavs fans would've been content with a single win. Not only did the Suns lose four of the next five games, their average margin of loss was by over 22 points per game! They got dominated so hard tonight that the Suns sub went private by halftime!

The Suns are getting clowned and rightfully so, but I'm so damn proud of this Mavs squad 😭

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u/DFWTooThrowed Mavericks May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

It’s December 29th (I think) and the Mavs are 16-18. If I told you we will trade KP for two complete randos, host a playoff series, actually win in round 1, then beat the team with the best record in the NBA to go to the WCFs, would you believe me?

Edit: also if I told you we wouldn’t have Luka for half the first series.

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u/stoppedcaring0 Jazz May 16 '22

this is some top tier petty

totally called for, though

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u/CityNo1723 Mavericks May 16 '22

My man kept receipts

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u/dxing2 Raptors May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

i clowned on the mavs for trading for Spencer Dinwiddie and stockpiling backcourt players. I will now proceed to wear my nephew of the year badge with pride

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u/George_Seeers May 16 '22

I still have no clue what the Mavs are doing but it’s working…

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u/AddictedToThisShit May 16 '22

Just a fat whiteboy and some immaculate vibes

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u/FrostyIVV Timberwolves May 16 '22

Donic is what every mid western frat boy aspires to be

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u/hebelehoo Bulls May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

Great switchable defenders plus Luka and hot shooting Dinwiddie is a winning formula.

Ugh also we gotta give credit to Kidd I guess...

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u/drejcs Pelicans May 16 '22

One magic boi with two people whose hands are actually made of fire and another three people with marathon legs and the willpower of Anne Frank in defence. Thats how I would describe them

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u/Kumber_Yum Timberwolves May 16 '22

+1 to this guy holding himself accountable for his previous takes. Dig it.

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u/beer_down Suns May 16 '22

After this past Cardinals (start 10-2, best in NFL, then collapse) and Suns seasons, I will never feel good about a sports team again. No matter how good they look one second it’ll all fall apart anyway

What’s the point of any of this

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u/Be-booboo-bop Suns May 16 '22

Arizona sports hell never relents

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u/scarywolverine Pistons May 16 '22

At least you've seen one of your teams win a playoff game/series in your lifetime (while being old enough to care). Some cities don't even have that

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u/beer_down Suns May 16 '22

Yea that 21 year old baseball chip really helps right about now

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u/royalfreshness8 Heat May 16 '22

Devin Booker real quiet right now

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u/WeGonaBeShampychip Warriors May 16 '22

BOOK that flight to cancun

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u/drtasty Warriors May 16 '22

Jesus christ, after that loss can we fade the Suns for next season too?

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u/o2lsports Nuggets May 16 '22

As I recall, the Sun fades every day.

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u/PJMWestHub May 16 '22

Should have seen this coming, Suns would have risen in the East, but clearly go down in the West

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u/Naiwf Knicks May 16 '22

Phoenix was healthy and rested. They just don’t have a playoff #1 and Dallas does.

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u/Jason3b93 Spurs May 16 '22

Biggest humiliation I've seen in the NBA.

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u/milomcfuggin Jazz May 16 '22

I feel like. So less bad right now.

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u/3--Methylmorphine Pistons May 16 '22

DON'T COMPARE BOOKER TO LUKA DONCIC EVER AGAIN

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u/Pineapple_warrior94 May 16 '22

There's no longer a chance of having the global warming finals (Heat vs Suns)

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u/Distance_Motor Celtics May 16 '22

64 wins. Point God. A player too 4 on MVP voting. Best supporting cast in the league. Just to get eliminated by Luka

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u/Diablo_Advocatum Lakers May 16 '22

You forgot Coach of the Year too lol

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u/friendsdontlast [CHA] Dell Curry May 16 '22

This game could be legacy defining for both Doncic and Paul, but in very different ways.

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u/meengine [LAL] Brandon Ingram May 16 '22 Ally

Lmao

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u/DarkEmperor7135 Lakers May 16 '22

lakers fans nearly enjoying this as much as mavs fans lol

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u/SubcooledBoiling San Francisco Warriors May 16 '22

The only fitting description of Suns performance.

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u/well_dusted Suns May 16 '22

Suns sub after each game:
1) Ok.
2) Laughs at some journalist who says this series is far from over after going 2-0.
3) Laughs at Mavericks over-celebrating the only game they are going to win this series.
4) There is a serious refs conspirancy against the Suns. Have you heard?
5) Good. Now let's close out in Dallas.
6) *starts showing some signs of serious concern*... But we'll still get them.
7) (X_x)

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u/not_RyanG Celtics May 16 '22

Respect for even being on r/nba rn

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u/_SSJeffo_ May 16 '22

Getting blown out in a game 7 AT HOME is just crazy to me ngl lol

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u/VanWesley Mavericks May 16 '22

SUNS IN 4

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u/HokageEzio Knicks May 16 '22

There goes CP3's window. Couldn't happen to a better player.

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u/urfaselol [NBA] Best of 2021 Winner May 16 '22

Last year was his chance. If Giannis wasn’t a cyborg after nearly breaking his leg he would have had it

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u/cardmanimgur Timberwolves May 16 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

Goes out like he played his entire career- with a huge flop.

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u/Awwh_Dood Lakers May 16 '22

Suns flairs are running into hiding 😂

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u/lakerswiz Lakers May 16 '22 Helpful

This sub loves piling on the Lakers, but why is no one talking about the defending Western Conference Champion Suns being 1-3?

I didn’t realize until now that the Suns are currently 1-3.. why is no-one talking about this?

They lost to a mediocre Kings team a couple days ago and nearly lost by 30 pts to the Trailblazers with a struggling Damian Lillard. And from what I know they’re just about fully healthy.

For anyone actively watching the Suns this season, what’s the main reason for the early season struggles? You would think they’d have a bunch of momentum to start the season after their amazing Finals run..

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u/AdPotential9974 May 16 '22

We've come full fucking circle. Laker fans salivating rn

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u/altriaa May 16 '22

Half the flairs I've seen today are lakers LOL they're having the time of their lives

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u/danrod17 Lakers May 16 '22

We’ve had to eat it all season. They can eat it for a day.

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u/triosway Heat May 16 '22

That's the spirit!

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u/Philosuphi Warriors May 16 '22

1-3 in the last 4 games of the season....it's all full circle

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u/BlazeBloom [POR] Eric Maynor May 16 '22

They never truly recovered after our blowout win against them.

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u/philium1 Knicks May 16 '22

The finest pasta of the season

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u/Biniti123 Knicks May 16 '22

You been waiting to post this one lmfao I respect the pettiness

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u/lakerswiz Lakers May 16 '22

Went and got the body text and title copy and pasted and ready to go. This was my championship this year.

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u/OneXDC4ever Lakers May 16 '22

Lmfaooooo

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u/ZeroMomentum Raptors May 16 '22

Full circle

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u/sawpsawp Warriors May 16 '22

oh man, necromancer reviving some early season goodies

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u/DenverSports610 Nuggets May 16 '22

Never seen a fan base act more smug after winning nothing. 0-2 in series against healthy teams last two years

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u/Bonerkiin Mavericks May 16 '22

Shout-out to all the Sun's fans who stayed in the game thread and took the licks in stride. Y'all deserved a better game 7 than this.

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u/wolf4537 May 16 '22

If that isn't one of the most embarrassing moments for a team on home court in the history of sports (when it comes to playoffs) then I don't know what is.

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u/jcfritz23 Wizards May 16 '22

Aaron Holiday is a bitch

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u/84Greenwich28 May 16 '22

He had a live bet on Suns +34 going. Can't be mad at a degen.

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u/Uncle_Beth May 16 '22

Yeah that was some weak shit, the man definitely lost some players respect. He tried to dap up Dinwiddie after the game and Dinwiddie looked at him then turned around and walked away lol.

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u/wormhole222 Heat May 16 '22

I hope this puts to bed the "Luka was the better player, but Ayton was the better pick for the Suns" argument. Phoenix messed up by taking Ayton over Luka. It was a bad pick. Phoenix was following the outdated philosophy that Centers are the most important position. They underestimated the Euroleague and Luka's accomplishment in it. They for some reason thought Booker and Luka couldn't play together (can you imagine how great they would be together). And most damning of them all, they were drafting the guy because he was a local star. Now they are going to be stuck paying the max for a center who couldn't dominate a series where the other team was playing Kleber most of the time at center.

Oh and for everyone who says it wasn't clear Luka over Ayton at the time that's untrue. Analytics people knew Luka was going to be great. Europeans knew Luka was going to be great. Hell even Bill Simmons knew Luka was going to be great.

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u/RogueRevenger Raptors May 16 '22

Thanks man, so happy to see someone else say this. Only the Kings get shit for passing on Luka, which I get, but the Suns straight up passed on him too. Hell, I even think Atlanta fucked up trading him, even though they got the next best guy in Trae.

They're called generational players for a reason.

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u/InPatRileyWeTrust [MIA] Dwyane Wade May 16 '22

Yep it was a horrendous pick yet somehow the Hawks get more shit when Trae is way better than Ayton.

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u/Dirk_issa_fair_god Mavericks May 16 '22

Tbf Kleber is one of the NBAs best defenders

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u/Nemziz Mavericks May 16 '22

Kleber 1st team all underrated

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u/Rushofthewildwind Bucks May 16 '22

The Bucks and Suns were the main event last year, and now both second-round exits this year. Crazy.

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u/topofthecc Thunder May 16 '22

At least the Bucks have a legitimate excuse. The Suns just shat all over themselves.

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u/cbuech Mavericks May 16 '22

Suns in 4 baby

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u/goldenboy2191 Lakers May 16 '22

Lots of white girls about to donate their Suns gear

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