Warriors And Suns To Meet After Long-Anticipated Playoff Matchup Never Came

The NBA’s 2021-22 regular season had the two best teams, the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors, facing each other. But, because of injuries, they never got to play each other at full strength.

It felt certain that the two would meet in the Western Conference Finals, so it was important to keep an eye on things in the bay area during the last few months of the regular season, like rotation changes and players getting into shape. An epic series was about to happen.

Tuesday’s basketball game is going to be exciting because the players are trying their best.

Golden State will not have guard Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring), a key offseason signing, and Andre Iguodala (hip). Ish Wainright is still dealing with lower back pain for the Suns and Jae Crowder remains away from the team. Otherwise, both sides are ready.

The Warriors and Suns both did not make many changes to their rosters this offseason. The Warriors signed DiVincenzo on the taxpayer mid-level exception, and veteran forward JaMychal Green joined after getting bought out by Oklahoma City. The Suns have not used their taxpayer mid-level exception yet.

The only other changes are that Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II, who were both important role players during last year’s run, are no longer with the team.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, James Wiseman, is healthy and ready to play. He missed over 18 months of play due to a knee injury.

Wiseman is back and he is better than ever. He is not starting, but he is a great player to have on the team. He is a great offensive player and a great defensive player. He is a great asset to the team.

“Looney is a tall guy but he’s not that tall,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said Monday of the seven footer with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. “Wiseman is tall and athletic, so he poses a different challenge for your defense, especially in the second unit.”

Wiseman will be setting screens for players like Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole. He is quick and skilled for such a large person.

The success of his defense will depend on whether or not we see him in the playoffs. He has the potential to be great, but he still needs to work on his skills. Denver was better than him on Friday.

As a young player, it is a lot to take in learning this stuff right away on a title contender. The Suns are expected to give Wiseman his latest crash course.

We shouldn’t ignore Green just because he was picked up by the Warriors. He is playing the second-most minutes off the bench and is a trustworthy option for Steve Kerr. Golden State had to replace Porter unless second-year wing Jonathan Kuminga was ready for more minutes, but Green is a reliable veteran.

Williams was joking but also not joking about being upset that the Warriors got Green. He said that Green is seen as a tough, physical guy but he is more skilled than people give him credit for. He can shoot threes and is a really good player. There is not a single team in the league that wouldn’t want Green on their squad.

He will do well on this team. I don’t know why they got so focused on Curry but they did, which left Green open on the pass. Wiggins saw it coming the whole way.

Green is a savvy passer and, even though he is 32 years old, he is still fairly agile. He is a big body that is tough to handle on the glass.

The Warriors’ second unit, which has been inconsistent, plus the explosive shotmaking of Poole, will be an aspect of the game to watch on Tuesday.

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