Phoenix hosts Los Angeles to start Western Conference Finals | World sports
Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in Western Conference regular season) vs. Phoenix Suns (51-21, second in Western Conference regular season)
Phoenix; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Suns host game opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Phoenix Suns host the Los Angeles Clippers to start the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles went 2-1 against Phoenix in the regular season. The Suns won the last regular season game 109-101 on April 28. Chris Paul scored 28 points to lead Phoenix to victory and Paul George recorded 25 points in the loss for LA.
The Suns are 30-12 in conference games. Phoenix ranks fourth in the Western Conference for limiting their opponents’ scoring, allowing just 109.5 points while keeping their opponents 46.7% from shots.
The Clippers are 9-3 against opponents in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles is 32-8 in the rebound battle win and is averaging 44.2 rebounds per game.
BEST PERFORMERS: Devin Booker shoots 48.4% and is averaging 25.6 points. Deandre Ayton is averaging 15.2 points and 10.6 rebounds in the last 10 games for Phoenix.
Rajon Rondo leads the Clippers with an average of 5.8 assists while scoring 7.6 points per game. George is averaging 25.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Suns averaged 111 points, 43.3 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 7.0 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents average 100.8 points out of 42.3% shooting.
Clippers: Average 115.2 points, 40.8 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents average 108.5 points on 45.7% shots.
INJURIES: Suns: Chris Paul: out (covid protocol), Abdel Nader: out (knee).
Clippers: Serge Ibaka: absent for the season (back), Kawhi Leonard: absent (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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