NBA’s ‘superteams’ depressing even when ‘big three’ play well—Phoenix, Minnesota lose by 17, need one more loss to be ‘out of PO’

In the KBL, where the championship is currently underway, Busan KCC is the talk of the town as they have finally found their ‘super team’ status in the playoffs after a disgraceful regular season.

In the NBA, where the playoffs are currently underway, the Phoenix Suns are also a super team. Phoenix, which has built the ‘Big 3’ of Kevin Durant, Kevin Booker, and Bradley Beal, is definitely better than after the championship.

However, Phoenix finished the regular season with a 49-33 record, good for sixth place in the Western Conference, and just barely punched their ticket to the playoffs. And in the playoffs, 먹튀검증 a lethargic three-game losing streak sent them to the brink of elimination.

Phoenix fell 109-126 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 2023-2024 NBA Western Conference Playoffs on Feb. 27 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Desperate to bounce back after dropping Games 1 and 2 on the road, Phoenix found themselves one loss away from elimination with a blowout loss in Game 3.

Minnesota led 59-53 at halftime, but the margin wasn’t huge, and it looked like a game worth playing. But in the third quarter, the momentum quickly shifted in Minnesota’s favor. After back-to-back baskets by Karl-Anthony Towns to open the quarter to make it 63-53, Minnesota cut the deficit to 63-58 on a Mike Conley three-pointer with 8:35 left in the quarter, followed by a Towns three-pointer 26 seconds later, and then a Nikale Alexander-Walker three-pointer with just over a minute left in the quarter and a Nazr Reed three-pointer to close out the quarter at 95-73, effectively sealing the game.

Phoenix’s big three – Durant with 25 points, Beal with 28 points and Booker with 23 points and eight assists – did their part, combining for 76 points. But outside of those three, no other player scored in double figures. Minnesota, on the other hand, was led by Anthony Edwards with a game-high 36 points, while Rudy Gobert (19 points, 14 rebounds), Towns (18 points, 13 rebounds), Conley (15 points, 7 assists), Alexander-Walker (16 points, 4 3-pointers), and Reed (13 points) all had solid all-around performances, especially in the rebounding battle, where they won 50-28.

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