The Suns are now trailing 2-1 in their first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers following Thursday night’s defeat. Phoenix will need a much stronger showing if they want a chance to come back in the series.
Game four on Sunday will be crucial. With the pressure turned on Phoenix, the Suns will need a response. There were many thoughts on officiating, the Lakers inside presence, Deandre Ayton being the lone bright spot, and Devin Booker’s ejection in the second half. Here was some of the reaction on social media following LA’s game three victory:
The Best Duo in the game flat out DOMINATED the Suns tonight in the paint! The Lakers scored 58 points in the Damn paint and the crazy thing is that they shot 7-28 from 3 and still won in great fashion. Btw I’m talking about AD and Bron. Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 28, 2021
King is back!!!!!!!!!!!
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 28, 2021
The Suns had better regular-season health than any team you'd call a contender. So naturally Chris Paul sustains a Game 1 shoulder injury and proves unable to play through it in 2 or 3. Can two days off before Game 4 make any difference with the Lakers rolling now? #thisseason
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 28, 2021
“Can’t happen… that’s a dirty play”
Anthony Davis on Devin Booker getting ejected for pushing Dennis Schroder pic.twitter.com/daRLhLD91Q
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 28, 2021
Deandre Ayton in his first 3 playoff games:
82% FG pic.twitter.com/D01nfXiSQi
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 28, 2021
The only players averaging 20+ pts and 10+ reb in the playoffs so far are:
— The Valley Stats ☀️ (@TheValleyStats) May 27, 2021
Chris Paul alluded to his 11 straight losses in Scott Foster-refereed playoff games a few times just now:
“If I were a betting man, 11 games in a row. 11 games in a row.”
— katherine fitzgerald 🌵🗞 (@kfitz134) May 28, 2021
Game four is set for Sunday, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. local time.