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“We didn’t think that would happen, especially with Dallas” - Mikal Bridges on the Phoenix Suns Game 7 loss against the Dallas Mavericks

Bridges' comments show the Phoenix's team culture is not in a good place, and it could have huge repurcussions come this offseason.
“We didn’t think that would happen, especially with Dallas” - Mikal Bridges on the Phoenix Suns Game 7 loss against the Dallas Mavericks

Mikal Bridges recently discussed the Suns’ catastrophic loss on the Old Man and the Three podcast, providing some insight on what happened

The Phoenix Suns Game 7 loss in the Western Conference semifinals at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks was one of the most surprising losses in NBA history. The Suns were the best team in the entire league this season, and considering Game 7 was on their home court against the Mavs, it seemed like they were in a prime position to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

Instead, they lost to Dallas by 33 points in one of the biggest margins of victory in a Game 7 in NBA history. The Suns failed to show up for the game both physically and mentally, resulting in them getting sent into the offseason much sooner than they anticipated. It left fans all around the NBA wondering what happened to Phoenix that resulted in them turning in such a horrible effort with their season on the line.

Bridges discussed Phoenix’s mindset heading into their eventual Game 7 loss

There appeared to be some turmoil in Phoenix’s locker room throughout their series against the Mavericks, which may have led to their collapse in Game 7. Mikal Bridges recently discussed the Suns’ catastrophic loss on the Old Man and the Three podcast, providing some insight on what happened and how the Suns ultimately didn’t take Dallas seriously despite their season depending on it:

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“We didn’t think that would happen, especially with Dallas. Dallas is good, but like besides these playoffs, I don’t think I had lost to them, the Suns hadn’t lost to them in years, so it’s just like every time we play them we were like ‘we have their number, we have their number’, then the motherf-----s got us.” - Mikal Bridges, The Old Man and the Three.

Bridges shows why the Suns could be in serious trouble

Bridges’ insights are intriguing because you rarely hear players admit that they thought they would win a game before it had even been played. But Bridges was forthcoming in saying the Suns didn’t think the Mavs had a shot at beating them on their home court in Game 7. With that in mind, it’s not necessarily surprising they get destroyed when it came time to play.

This raises many questions as to what is going on behind closed doors in Phoenix. There have already been reports that Deandre Ayton will try to force his way out of Phoenix this offseason, as he and head coach Monty Williams have a bit of a rocky relationship.

But we already knew that; now we are finding out that the Suns thought Game 7 would be a cakewalk against Dallas. They didn’t take their opponent seriously, and it’s a big reason they went on vacation earlier than expected.

Maybe it was just limited to this series, and basketball karma was doing its due diligence, but this feels like an eye-opening analysis from Bridges. You can never underestimate your opponent in the NBA; there are too many variables that you cannot account for in the game of basketball, and bad teams could suddenly get hot at any given moment.

Phoenix’s mentality that they would win no matter what probably cost them their season. They played like a team that thought they had already won. So what is that going to say to potential free agents who may be looking to join the team?

For all the sunshine and roses that have popped up in Phoenix over the past few seasons, it could come crashing down before they know it. Bridges’ pulled the curtain back on who the Suns think they are, and it’s clear their team culture needs some work. Despite all their winning over the past two seasons, the Suns could be set for a busy offseason if this keeps up. 

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