NBA Finals 2021

NBA Finals 2021: Phoenix Suns focused on zero-zero mentality and 'desperation basketball' after Game 2 win

If Game 1 was all about Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns had multiple reasons behind their victory in Game 2.

While they celebrated and harped on all those points postgame, the Suns were quick to share their next-game mentality.

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"Got to treat it like it's Game 1. We talk about it in the locker room and our next game is the most important game," Bridges said postgame.

The 6-6 wing, played a key role in the Game 2 victory, scoring a playoff career-high 27 points while also recording seven points and going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.

"So just stay locked in and we know we did what we were supposed to do here, and it's not over and we got to just got to continue doing what we're doing and keep playing our way."

After the 118-108 victory, the Suns are halfway there. They are only two wins away from their first NBA championship in their 53-year history. However, the mindset to have a short memory and play each game as if it's a 0-0 series was something they discussed on the morning of Game 2.

"We have to approach every game with a level of desperation and we can't look at the series numbers," Monty Williams said postgame. "But human nature forces you to do that, but our mentality is to play every game as if we're coming off of a loss."

Booker, who scored 21 of his 31 in the second half hit big shot after big shot in the second half in response to every Bucks run, echoed the same thoughts in his postgame on-court interview with ESPN's Malika Andrews.

"It's a zero-zero mindset for us going into Game 3," said Booker.

Despite their impressive play through the first two games, including knocking down a playoff franchise-record 20 3-pointers in Game 2, the Suns know they will need to remain 'locked-in' because this Bucks squad has rallied back from an 2-0 series deficit earlier this postseason and are really difficult to beat home.

They came back in the Conference Semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets and hold a 7-1 record at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Both teams have a couple of days off, before taking the floor once again on Sunday (ET).

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