Only Dario Saric has been sidelined for the Suns this season due to an ACL tear. As a result, there will be no players on the Suns’ injury report for the second game. A 121-114 victory by the Suns on Monday night gave them a 1-0 lead in the series.
First NBA Finals Appearance For Chris Paul After The Suns Signed
The Phoenix Suns ended a ten-year postseason drought by reaching the NBA Finals last year. For Chris Paul, this was his first NBA Finals appearance after the Suns signed him in 2020. (and the first time Devin Booker reached the NBA playoffs). Suns finished first in Western Conference and with the greatest record in NBA this season.
The Dallas Mavericks are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since winning the NBA Championship against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2011. Phoenix defeated New Orleans while Mavericks beat Utah.
The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks will square off at the Footprint Center in Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference Semifinals. The Suns defeated the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in six games, thanks in large part to an outstanding final performance from Chris Paul. Because of Doncic’s absence, the Mavericks were able to defeat the Jazz.
Suns and Mavericks are led by two point guards who play a lot of minutes. It’s no secret that Paul and Doncic are two of the best playmakers in basketball.
To begin their Western Conference semifinal series, the Phoenix Suns will travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks in Game 1 at the Footprint Center. Chris Paul led the Suns to a six-game victory over the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans. Despite Luka Doncic’s absence for a significant portion of the series, the Mavericks prevailed over the Jazz.
The point guards for the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks are among the best in the NBA. Two of the best playmakers in basketball, Paul and Doncic are the backbones of their respective teams’ offenses.
Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. is still on the team’s injured reserve list. Having undergone foot surgery, he will be unable to play in the current playoffs after missing the entire second half of the season.
The Suns are still without Dario Saric, who tore his ACL in the NBA Finals in 2021 and hasn’t played since. He missed the entire season due to injury. The team was penalized for not informing the league of Devin Booker’s return in a timely manner when he appeared in Game 6.
The Suns are heavy favorites to win this game and the series due to their dominance throughout the season. Most experts believe that the Suns, who swept the Mavericks in their season series, will win the NBA Finals. On top of that, this game will be held in Phoenix, where the Suns have been nearly unstoppable this season.
They should put their best team out there for this matchup. As expected, Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson are expected to start in the backcourt with Spencer Dinwiddie coming off the bench.
Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith are expected to start at power forward and small forward, respectively. In the middle, Dwight Powell is expected to keep his starting job.