Trenchtown Sports: Different Vibes in the Valley heading into ’23 playoffs

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So apparently the 8-0 Bubble Run to end the regular 2020 season was no fluke. Since that run (3 seasons), the Suns have 160 wins with the next closest being the Milwaukee Bucks at 155. That’s a ‘Participation’ trophy. Who wants that? None of that success matters without a Larry O’brien trophy, a ring, a banner, and a parade and the all the parties that come with an NBA Championship. When news broke in the middle of the night that KD was traded to PHX most of us weren’t even aware until the next morning. It came at a hefty price having to part way with ‘the twins’, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson. A lot of Suns fans had mixed emotions at the time. Losing Bridges and Johnson definitely hurt. With that being said, it’s Kevin Durant.

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We only have a small sample size with KD in the starting lineup but it’s hard to not smile when you see how easy he is to play with. 8-0 with KD in the starting lineup is great but look at Booker and Paul’s numbers with KD in the mix. He creates space for everyone else and he doesn’t need to have the ball in his hands. We haven’t fully seen it yet with KD being on a minute’s restriction from Monty to avoid any injuries. We’re about to see KD unleashed. Monty has been very cautious with his minutes up until this moment. He’s averaging 26 points per game while shooting 57% from the field and 53% from 3-point range. To think what they would be if had more minutes.

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Two years ago, they were up 2-0 in the finals and the Bucks dominated the next 4 games to ice the series in 6. Last season, the Suns were number 1 in the league all season long and came into the playoffs without any adversity. The Pelicans took them the distance and the Mavs absolutely embarrassed them in a game 7. Monty Williams and the Suns are tired of hearing about regular season success. Legends and legacies are made in the playoffs. As the title suggests, the Vibes are different this year in the Valley.