With an opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 sequence lead within the NBA Finals, the Suns noticed their fourth-quarter edge evaporate in Wednesday’s Recreation 4 loss to the Bucks.
Devin Booker battled foul hassle (even with help from the officials). Chris Paul struggled with 10 factors and 5 turnovers — he’s dedicated 15 turnovers previously three video games. And Giannis is, well, Giannis. That each one led to the Bucks outscoring Phoenix by 12 within the fourth quarter to even up the sequence at 2-2.
However regardless of dropping two straight video games on the street, head coach Monty Williams’ message to his gamers was overwhelmingly constructive and that the errors in Recreation 4 had been self-inflicted.
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After the sport, ESPN aired a clip of that postgame speech from the locker room the place Williams took a take a look at the field rating and emphasised the correctable errors together with phrases of encouragement.
“Let me inform you one thing: All of that is correctable. We’re on this scenario proper now as a result of we put ourselves on this scenario. And I imply it in a great way. We acquired three video games to win two. That’s the way you gotta take a look at it — you’ll be able to’t have your heads down proper now. You gotta keep collectively. That’s the deal.
“What occurred tonight is correctable. Seventeen offensive rebounds they acquired, 17 turnovers we had. Take into consideration that, guys. We had a 21-point fourth quarter. We’re making it onerous on ourselves. However we are able to’t have our heads down. It’s emotional and hard. However we gotta know we put ourselves on this place. We acquired homecourt benefit. We gotta maintain our spirit excessive. That’s the deal. Ever since I’ve been right here, we talked about every thing you need is on the opposite aspect of onerous. That is onerous. That is freaking onerous. So, you gotta stick collectively. That’s the deal.”
After a speech like that, it’s straightforward to see why the Suns went from lacking the playoffs to the NBA Finals in a 12 months. The staff believes in Williams — simply as Williams believes in his gamers.
That’s the sort of speech that may flip a sequence round.