Elimination games are all about mentality, and the Milwaukee Bucks are acclimatising to the demands of finishing while the Phoenix Suns attempt to embrace the underdog role.
“You have to embrace it,” Suns forward Jae Crowder said Monday after the team’s tune-up practice for Game 6 on Tuesday night. “You have to embrace where you are in the series and from there you have to focus and channel your emotions and energy towards the next game, and that’s tomorrow night. We just know it’s going to be a dogfight.
“It’s win or go home. The words speak for [themselves].”
Where the Suns are right now is one win from being dispatched from the NBA Finals after leading 2-0. Milwaukee claimed three games in a row, with late-game heroics to capture Game 4 at home and Game 5 in Phoenix on Saturday night.