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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 2

Postby Phil89 on Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:11 pm

6/6/19

Chicago Bulls [12-7] vs Phoenix Suns [14-1]

LaVine inspires Bulls to thrilling win in game 3

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CHI - 31 25 27 20 103
PHX - 25 26 25 25 101

Full Statistics
Bulls - Comparison - Suns

Player of the Game: Zach LaVine
(30pts, 2reb, 6ast, 1stl)

(10-17 FG, 4-7 3PT, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Zach LaVine - 30
Devin Booker - 22
Kris Dunn - 20
Alex Len - 20
Marquese Chriss - 13
Lauri Markkanen - 13
Terrence Ross - 12
Dragan Bender - 11
Denzel Valentine - 10
Mohamed Bamba - 10
Kevin Knox - 8

Rebounds
Mohamed Bamba - 13
Alex Len - 7
Bobby Portis - 6
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Marcus Smart - 8
Cameron Payne - 7
Michael Carter-Williams - 7
Zach LaVine - 6

Steals
Thomas Bryant - 4
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Marcus Smart - 2
Mohamed Bamba - 2
Denzel Valentine - 2

Blocks
Marquese Chriss - 2
Michael Carter-Williams - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Bobby Portis - 2





Game Highlights

First half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhcUBWTfoII
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Second half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsKDOi6FQuE
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We did really well to fight back in the last quarter and be in the contest up until the last possession, but I just couldn't get a stop at the other end.

Booker missed a couple of three pointers in the final minute which could have leveled the scores. It was a disappointing loss.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby Breems on Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:32 pm

Tough loss. Came pretty close to pulling it off. If it's any consolation, it makes things a little more interesting as a reader compared to an easy sweep. (Y)
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby Andrew on Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:40 pm

I was expecting a sweep, but looks like it was quite a battle with LaVine doing his best to keep the Bulls' hopes alive.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby Lamrock on Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:17 am

Nice job getting to the Finals! Can't believe that sorry ass Bulls team made it though :lol:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby cavs4872 on Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:11 pm

Tough L. (N) As Breems said, it does make things a bit more interesting though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby Phil89 on Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:52 pm

Breems wrote:Tough loss. Came pretty close to pulling it off. If it's any consolation, it makes things a little more interesting as a reader compared to an easy sweep. (Y)

cavs4872 wrote:Tough L. (N) As Breems said, it does make things a bit more interesting though.

Yeah, I get that. I always feel a little bit guilty when I sweep teams, like people will think I'm playing on easy difficulty or something :lol:


Andrew wrote:I was expecting a sweep, but looks like it was quite a battle with LaVine doing his best to keep the Bulls' hopes alive.

Apparently he can shoot :x I always just thought of him as the great athlete from the dunk contests.

I may need to switch Iguodala onto him on defense to try and slow him down. I can't afford to risk Booker getting into foul trouble.


Lamrock wrote:Nice job getting to the Finals! Can't believe that sorry ass Bulls team made it though :lol:

To be fair, they did beat LeBron's Cavs and the top seeded Sixers to get there. It definitely isn't the "best" team from each conference though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby cavs4872 on Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:22 pm

Yeah, in 2K18 LaVine has this weird, long, borderline hitch in his release that is money.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 3

Postby Phil89 on Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:57 pm

8/6/19

Chicago Bulls [13-7] vs Phoenix Suns [14-2]

Suns on the brink of first NBA title after late fightback win in game 4

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CHI - 31 19 27 18 195
PHX - 26 26 22 30 104

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Bulls - Comparison - Suns

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(26pts, 8reb, 1ast, 2stl, 1blk)

(9-9 FG, 8-8 FT)


Top Scorers
Devin Booker - 26
Alex Len - 26
Terrence Ross - 20
Kris Dunn - 16
Marquese Chriss - 13
Zach LaVine - 13
Cameron Payne - 12
Marcus Smart - 11
Bobby Portis - 10
Denzel Valentine - 10
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Dragan Bender - 10

Rebounds
Lauri Markkanen - 9
Alex Len - 8
Bobby Portis - 7
Mohamed Bamba - 7
Marquese Chriss - 5

Assists
Cameron Payne - 9
Kris Dunn - 7
Marcus Smart - 5
Andre Iguodala - 5
Zach LaVine - 5

Steals
Zach LaVine - 3
Mohamed Bamba - 3
Kris Dunn - 3
Lauri Markkanen - 3
Jerryd Bayless - 2
Devin Booker - 2
Alex Len - 2
Thomas Bryant - 2
Cameron Payne - 2

Blocks
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Dragan Bender - 2
Lauri Markkanen - 2





Game Highlights

First half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xa3wLnydJg
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Second half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPk3MDrxJQo
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Bamba fouled out with over six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Len and Booker combined for 22 points in the fourth. Len in particular was a hero for us. He kick-started the last quarter fightback.

This was probably the most intense game that I've ever played. For the first three and a half quarters the lead changed hands on every other possession and never really went beyond 5 points for either team.

So happy to win this game because obviously having a 3-1 lead is a lot better than sitting at 2-2 and Chicago having the momentum.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 4

Postby Andrew on Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:00 pm

Hearts of champions in that fourth quarter. One more win, and the Cinderella story is complete. Well, for you. The clock is about to strike midnight on the Bulls, unfortunately for them. ;)
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 4

Postby Breems on Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:27 pm

Uno mas. 2 years in the making. Love the longevity.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 4

Postby cavs4872 on Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:26 am

Yeah, I reread the thread and didn't realize you were Golden State's bitch for two years; I think Westbrook deserves co-Finals MVP in that regard if you win. :lol:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 4

Postby Phil89 on Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:07 pm

Andrew wrote:Hearts of champions in that fourth quarter. One more win, and the Cinderella story is complete. Well, for you. The clock is about to strike midnight on the Bulls, unfortunately for them. ;)

Everything seemed to come together for me in that last quarter. Very happy to grab a road win.

A 3-1 lead is great, but the Bulls have become tougher with each game since that opening game blowout. Fingers crossed though (Y)

Breems wrote:Uno mas. 2 years in the making. Love the longevity.
cavs4872 wrote:Yeah, I reread the thread and didn't realize you were Golden State's bitch for two years; I think Westbrook deserves co-Finals MVP in that regard if you win. :lol:

It has been a rapid rise by this team. But it also hasn't happened overnight, for sure.

I definitely owe Westbrook a ring if we win. I'm pretty sure that we would not have beaten the Warriors in a seven game series :oops:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 4

Postby Phil89 on Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:14 pm

11/6/19

Phoenix Suns [15-2] vs Chicago Bulls [13-8]

Bulls mount stunning last quarter comeback to keep slim championship hopes alive

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PHX - 18 28 29 21 196
CHI - 22 18 26 36 102

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Suns - Comparison - Bulls

Player of the Game: Kris Dunn
(21pts, 5reb, 7ast)

(9-16 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Devin Booker - 23
Kris Dunn - 21
Terrence Ross - 15
Alex Len - 15
Zach LaVine - 14
Mohamed Bamba - 14
Marquese Chriss - 14
Cameron Payne - 13
Dragan Bender - 13
Lauri Markkanen - 11
Jonathan Jeanne - 10
Denzel Valentine - 8
Andre Iguodala - 8

Rebounds
Mohamed Bamba - 10
Lauri Markkanen - 9
Alex Len - 7
Marquese Chriss - 6
Kris Dunn - 5
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Zach LaVine - 11
Kris Dunn - 7
Marcus Smart - 6
Cameron Payne - 5

Steals
Kevin Knox - 3
Zach LaVine - 3
Mohamed Bamba - 3

Blocks
Mohamed Bamba - 5
Kevin Knox - 3
Thomas Bryant - 2
Andre Iguodala - 2





Game Highlights

First half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-msn9Valg
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Second half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWBS6hDm5E0
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We led by 11 with five minutes left and seemingly had one hand on the trophy.

Then they finished the game on a 27-10 run out of nowhere :cry: :x
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 5

Postby Andrew on Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:08 pm

Sounds like the CPU got cheesy. Good for dramatic effect I suppose, you can still win it in the House That MJ Built.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 5

Postby wdt92 on Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:54 am

"I can only tell you what I saw. What I saw was the biggest heroism case since Ray Allen saved LeBron James' legacy in 2013! Kris Dunn not only just SAVED the Chicago Bulls hopes and dreams last night, but made my prediction of Phoenix winning it all questionable! I told you a few weeks ago I believed this Playoff run by Devin Booker has been only a hair's breadth away from his idol, Kobe Bryant's, status of Michael Jordan-esque levels, but last night's performance by Kris Dunn? Man! That fadeaway three-point shot that just dropped through the net like it was destiny? I had doubt these last few days if Chicago could pull out a punch to equal these Suns output, but they did it! So Shannon Sharpe, let me say, after last night, Chicago really made me have a few doubts on the Suns' lasting power through the rest of the Finals. Booker is still, to me, better this playoff run than any other player I've seen, but can he last? Len had a good game, but LaVine just had a double-double night dishing the ball marvelously! I think he had 12 assists? 11? This team isn't a joke, and like I said, can the Suns maintain their push in game 6? After last night, I am not as confident that they can."
- Excerpt of how I imagine Skip Bayless would react, 2019


I have to say I enjoyed the game, and terrible luck with Dunn and LaVine going off. I think Markannen getting the offensive rebound and foul really put the dagger in the game. Overall a big fan of the story though and caught up these last few days as I've been sick, rooting for the Suns to pick it up and close the door on these Bulls!
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 5

Postby Phil89 on Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:41 pm

14/6/19

Chicago Bulls [14-8] vs Phoenix Suns [15-3]

Resilient Bulls force game seven thanks to incredible overtime win

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CHI - 27 26 29 29 12 123
PHX - 30 32 23 26 11 122

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Bulls - Comparison - Suns

Player of the Game: Kris Dunn
(28pts, 2reb, 9ast, 1stl)

(11-30 FG, 2-8 3PT, 4-4 FT)


Top Scorers
Marquese Chriss - 32
Devin Booker - 30
Kris Dunn - 28
Mohamed Bamba - 22
Zach LaVine - 20
Denzel Valentine - 19
Jonathan Jeanne - 18
Terrence Ross - 11
Kevin Knox - 9
Alex Len - 9
Lauri Markkanen - 9
Dragan Bender - 8

Rebounds
Mohamed Bamba - 15
Alex Len - 8
Jonathan Jeanne - 5
Andre Iguodala - 5
Marcus Smart - 5

Assists
Kris Dunn - 9
Devin Booker - 8
Cameron Payne - 7
Marcus Smart - 6
Michael Carter-Williams - 6
Zach LaVine - 5

Steals
Thomas Bryant - 2
Alex Len - 2

Blocks
Jonathan Jeanne - 5
Marcus Smart - 2
Thomas Bryant - 2





Game Highlights

First half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7AKeJ-_asY
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Second half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqpZYRPhAQY
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I don't know who I played against in the first two games of this series, because from game three on it has felt like playing against the Warriors.

We had so many chances to win this game and seal the championship.

Chicago always seemed to conveniently score a three pointer whenever I got a little bit of momentum going. Then they would close the gap again.

So many little errors cost us. Stepping out of bounds randomly, not grabbing a rebound when we outnumbered them 3-1 in the paint and falling over for no reason and allowing them an open three pointer :wink:

Just another frustrating game. Having a game seven is fitting for this series though. These teams are so evenly matched.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Andrew on Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:28 am

This has turned into an epic, nail-biter of a series! I still feel you can pull off the win at home, though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby cavs4872 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:48 am

Surprised you got that final possession with the way Len pursued the ball.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Breems on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:10 am

So close. Booker had a solid look. Would've been nifty to win the championship on a buzzer-beater.

Game 7, though, doesn't get any better than that. Can't wait!
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby wdt92 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:14 am

Tough game. These guys are obviously rather tough and seemed to pick up the intensity as you mentioned around game 2 or 3 from your posts. You have said it is frustrating, but I think thematically going to game 7 is only fitting. The teams are evenly matched and both Cinderella stories have to have a fitting end I think.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Phil89 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:39 pm

Andrew wrote:This has turned into an epic, nail-biter of a series! I still feel you can pull off the win at home, though.

I was a bit worried when the Bulls beat the Sixers because I figured that it may result in a lopsided finals series. But they have really exceeded my expectations of them.

I'm glad that game seven is in Phoenix :bday:

cavs4872 wrote:Surprised you got that final possession with the way Len pursued the ball.

I had the exact same thought when it initially happened. But I forgot about it until I was going through the highlights later.

It definitely looks like the ball comes off of Len. Luckily for Chicago I missed the shot :lol:

Breems wrote:So close. Booker had a solid look. Would've been nifty to win the championship on a buzzer-beater.

Game 7, though, doesn't get any better than that. Can't wait!

I probably should have made that shot. It was one of the most open shots I got all game :oops:

At least I get to try and lift the trophy in our home arena.

wdt92 wrote:Tough game. These guys are obviously rather tough and seemed to pick up the intensity as you mentioned around game 2 or 3 from your posts. You have said it is frustrating, but I think thematically going to game 7 is only fitting. The teams are evenly matched and both Cinderella stories have to have a fitting end I think.

It's actually a shame that one of these teams has to lose this series. Although that sentiment probably won't cross my mind once game seven starts :wink:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Andrew on Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:52 am

See, I'm in a tough spot. Obviously it's hard for me to cheer against the Bulls, but I always have to go with the person on the sticks in these stories.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Phil89 on Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:03 pm

17/6/19

Phoenix Suns [15-4] vs Chicago Bulls [15-8]

Phoenix hold off late push by relentless Bulls to win game seven and claim first ever NBA championship!

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PHX - 31 35 24 24 114
CHI - 29 25 27 26 107

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Suns - Comparison - Bulls

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(25pts, 7reb, 3ast)

(11-17 FG, 3-5 FT)


Top Scorers
Zach LaVine - 28
Alex Len - 25
Devin Booker - 24
Kris Dunn - 24
Jonathan Jeanne - 17
Bobby Portis - 14
Mohamed Bamba - 14
Marquese Chriss - 13
Kevin Knox - 10
Andre Iguodala - 9
Lauri Markkanen - 9
Terrence Ross - 8

Rebounds
Bobby Portis - 12
Alex Len - 7
Kris Dunn - 6
Kevin Knox - 5
Jonathan Jeanne - 5

Assists
Michael Carter-Williams - 8
Kris Dunn - 7
Zach LaVine - 6
Cameron Payne - 6

Steals
Marcus Smart - 3
Denzel Valentine - 2
Jerryd Bayless - 2

Blocks
Bobby Portis - 2
Lauri Markkanen - 2
Jonathan Jeanne - 2
Kevin Knox - 2





Game Highlights

First half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2qKjzJpLiA
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Second half
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mriujuVO_E
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What a series!

I got major game five deja vu halfway through the last quarter after they erased my nine point lead and took the lead for themselves. We rallied this time though and held on to win the title :bday:

Neither of us were the favourites to get here, but we were so well matched and put on a great contest. Hopefully this turns into a good rivalry.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 6

Postby Phil89 on Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:07 pm

17/6/19

Devin Booker becomes the second youngest Finals MVP ever as he leads Phoenix to their first championship

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2. Phoenix Suns [56-26] vs 2. Chicago Bulls [50-32]

Results
Bulls @ Suns - 85-111
Devin Booker (28pts, 4ast, 1blk)

Bulls @ Suns - 90-100
Devin Booker (28pts, 1reb, 4ast)

Suns @ Bulls - 101-103
Zach LaVine (30pts, 2reb, 6ast, 1stl)

Suns @ Bulls - 104-95
Devin Booker (26pts, 3reb, 4ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Bulls @ Suns - 102-96
Kris Dunn (21pts, 5reb, 7ast)

Suns @ Bulls - 122-123 (OT)
Kris Dunn (28pts, 2reb, 9ast, 1stl)

Bulls @ Suns - 107-114
Alex Len (25pts, 7reb, 3ast)



Phoenix won the series 4-3




2019 Finals MVP

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Devin Booker - Phoenix Suns

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Devin Booker was the favourite to win this award before the series started and he didn't disappoint. The twenty-two year old shooting guard averaged nearly twenty-six points and four assists a night in the seven games against Chicago. He did so on very high efficiency shooting.

He was pretty consistent throughout the Suns entire playoff run, only having a few off nights at the offensive end. He effectively used a combination of perimeter shooting and finishing at the rim to accumulate points.

One particular highlight came in game four of their conference semifinals series with Minnesota. He became only the second Phoenix player in franchise history to score fifty or more points in a playoff game by dropping fifty-one against the stunned Timberwolves.

His nightly scoring battles with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn were definitely the highlight of the NBA Finals. The Chicago duo finished second and third respectively in the voting after averaging just over nineteen points per game each.



Booker's agent Leon Rose will be especially happy with his accomplishment. Booker is nearing the end of his rookie contract with the Suns and will now have even more bargaining power when seeking a max contract extension.

He gave Suns fans some more positive news following game seven, saying "We've been in constant contact with Ryan [McDonough, Suns GM] throughout the playoffs. We feel confident that everything is moving in the right direction and that this will come to a happy conclusion for all involved."

Booker is expected to be offered a five-year max contract by the Suns on July 1st.



Top Five Youngest Finals MVP Winners

1980 Finals - Magic Johnson - 20 years 9 months 2 days
2019 Finals - Devin Booker - 22 years 7 months 18 days
1982 Finals - Magic Johnson - 22 years 9 months 25 days
2014 Finals - Kawhi Leonard - 22 years 11 months 17 days
1999 Finals - Tim Duncan - 23 years 2 months 0 days
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Re: Enter the Dragan - 2019 NBA Finals - Suns vs Bulls - Game 7 - Winner Takes All

Postby Andrew on Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:09 pm

Congratulations! It's been quite a journey, and the virtual Bulls made the last leg quite a challenge. It must feel incredibly satisfying, because man, it seems like they made you earn it! The good guys won in the end, though...well, the good guys from the perspective of this story, anyway. ;)
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