Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams insists his team has regrouped from a Game 5 loss and they will be ready for Game 6 in Milwaukee. In Game 5, the Suns suffered a 123-119 loss on their home floor as the Milwaukee Bucks took a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.
"When we got on the plane, the guys had the same look in their eyes," Williams said, per ESPN. "When I came down this morning for meetings, guys were down there talking, having breakfast. It was pretty cool to watch.
"So those kinds of losses are hard, but if you're going to do anything big, you have to overcome those kinds of hards." The Suns led 2-0 in the NBA Finals but then dropped three consecutive games. "Throughout this whole playoff run, this is our first elimination game," Chris Paul said.
"So it's for real. It's no looking back now. We got to come out, be ready to play and it's either win or go home."
Coach Williams, Paul on the same page
"It's definitely exciting," Paul said.
"Something that Coach and everybody has been saying: If you went to the beginning of the season and said we had a chance to be where we are right now, would you take it? Absolutely. Absolutely. And we get a chance to determine the outcome.
"It's not like the game is going to be simulated or somebody else got to play. We get a chance. We control our own destiny. So I think that's the exciting part about it." Three teams in the past recovered from a 3-2 deficit in the NBA Finals.
"It's kind of hard to compare and contrast what LeBron [James] did in the Finals in whatever year, you know what I'm saying?" Devin Booker quipped. "We have a group that's us, and that's how we keep it.
We're trying to figure it out right now, how we're going to go out there and do it. We know it's possible with the group that we have and what we have leaned on for most of the season." The Suns went on a 12-3 run late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 to reduce the deficit to only one but fell short in their attempt to compete a comeback win.
"Saw a lot of resilience and a no-quit attitude," Williams said. "For us to be able to cut it to one point, you know, that was the thing that stuck out to me and gives our staff and team a lot of confidence as we go into this Game 6."