By Adrian Stewart Co
Negros Occidental-based basketball coaches were split on who is the favored team among Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns in the 2020-2021 NBA Finals, which will begin today at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bacolodnon basketball coach Dexter Dy picked the Bucks taking home the chip in six games owing to its defensive crew even if Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful due to hyperextended left knee.
“Milwaukee is the better defensive team. (Jrue) Holiday can defend (Chris) Paul. (P.J.) Tucker can defend (Devin) Booker. Giannis or (Brook) Lopez can defend (DeAndre) Ayton. Defense wins championships,” Dy told Watchmen Daily Journal on Monday.
“If Giannis plays all games in the finals, the Bucks will be hard to beat since no player in the Suns roster can match up with him. The defensive match ups favor the Bucks,” he added.
Dy further noted that Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton will be the x-factor in the series, while Lopez can also cause problems to the Suns due to his inside and outside game.
“The Bucks have proven that they can closeout a series even without Giannis. Holiday, Lopez and Middleton can score. As for the Suns, they have never met a team in the playoffs that has a balance offense and defense like what the Bucks have,” he said.
Bacolod Tay Tung High School secondary basketball head coach Yong Despi, for his part, sees the Suns winning the championship especially with the system being implemented by coach Monty Williams.
“Until now medyo mahirap hanapan ng paraan ‘yung system na pick and roll ni (Paul) tsaka Ayton. Magandang example sa mga bata ‘yung system ng Suns especially ‘yung read and react ni CP3 sa kalaban,” Despi said.
Atoy Callora of Bacolod Tay Tung elementary basketball team and University of St. La Salle head coach Arland Blanco both agreed that the healthier team will win the NBA crown.
“If Phoenix manages to stay healthy the entire series and if Giannis won’t be able to return, I see the Suns winning in six games, but if Antetokounmpo can return, it will be a different story,” Callora said.
“While I personally root for Chris Paul to win his first NBA championship, the healthier team will have the edge,” Blanco said. “I see Booker and Middleton as the x-factors for Phoenix and Milwaukee, respectively.”
The Bucks reached the best-of-seven finals series by defeating Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals in six games, while the Suns ousted Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference finale in six matches./ASC, WDJ