The race for the NBA finals is on and the next showdown is LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently ahead 3-1 in the Western Conference finals.
This is a must-win game for the LA-based side who have not been able to assert their dominance against the Suns yet. They need to come close to Phonex’s tally to challenge them for a spot in the next round of the playoffs.
In Game 4, they were almost home but the nail-biting thriller handed another win to the Suns with a scoreline of 84-80.
DeAndre Ayton was the star of the show as he bagged 19 points and 22 rebounds at the Staples Center.
When is LA Clippers vs Phoenix?
LA Clippers will play Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs on Monday, June 28. The game will kick off at 9 pm ET (Tuesday, June 29; 6:30 am IST).
Where is LA Clippers vs Phoenix?
Phoenix Suns Arena will host the showdown between the Clippers and Phoenix.
The hosts are likely to succeed at home and continue to dominate the Clippers until they progress to the NBA finals.
The Clippers have just not been the same in Kawhi Leonard absence. His injury has severely handicapped Los Angeles whereas Chris Paul’s comeback from the mandatory quarantine has boosted Phoenix’s hopes.
Therefore, a comfortable victory is on the cards for the Phoenix Suns.
LA Clippers probable line-up
Point Guard – Reggie Jackson l Shooting Guard – Patrick Beverley l Small Forward – Terance Mann l Power Forward – Paul George l Center – Ivica Zubac.
Phoenix probable line-up
Point Guard – Chris Paul l Shooting Guard – Devin Booker l Small Forward – Jae Crowder l Power Forward – Mikal Bridges l Center – Deandre Ayton.
Players to keep an eye on
Paul George is the man who can take the LA Clippers home with senior colleague Kawhi Leonard ruled out of action due to injury.
He possesses all the skills that are necessary to change the game in a matter of minutes. In Game 4, Leonard’s wingman delivered a stellar performance.
In the 17 postseason games, he averaged 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists. His shooting from the field has been 42.5% accurate. Talk about great stats!
George has been sublime when it comes to creating shots and amassing a lot of points in no time. In Game 2, he was under criticism from the Clippers fans for missing two clutch free-throws in the game.
However, he made amends by posting a double-double in Game 3. The way he has shrugged of his form slump has been crucial for LA Clippers in the playoffs lately.
Devin Booker has had a roller coaster ride in the playoffs. He started off extremely well, scoring a 40 point triple-double in Game 1 of the series, but hasn’t lived up to the epxectations since then.
Now, this may be due to his recent nose injury, but the Suns need him to return to his absolute best once again when they will play the Clipper in Game 5 next.