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Mikal Bridges spills what Suns fans don’t want to hear about 2021 NBA Finals

Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) celebrates with center Deandre Ayton (22) against the Milwaukee Bucks in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

During his appearance on the “Roommates Show” with Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart, former Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges went in depth about the Suns’ 2021 NBA Finals appearance.

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The Suns, as the No. 2 seed, beat the Los Angles Lakers 4-2 in the first round. Then, in the second round, they swept the Jamal Murray-less Denver Nuggets, and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals.

In the Finals, Suns blew a 2-0 series lead to the Milwaukee Bucks, losing four straight games. Bridges had 14 points in Game 1 and 27 points in Game 2, but only averaged 7.8 points in the four losses.

“I remember going up 2-0, I thought we was good,” Bridges said. “I was like, ‘Oh, we ’bout win the chip.’ Especially in the West, the West all had tough teams. East, we were like, ‘East, really like whatever.’ We go see Milwaukee, we over here like, ‘Man it’s light. It’s the East.’ It’s Milwaukee, I know they got Giannis (Antetokounmpo), obviously they got hoopers, but I’m like, ‘The West is tougher than the East.’ We’re like, ‘We good.’ Go up 2-0, we’re like, ‘Exactly, this is what we’ve been talking about, like it’s the East, bro, we’re about to win this.’ Then, they ran up four straight, I just couldn’t believe it. I actually couldn’t believe it.”

Bridges was a fan a fan favorite in Phoenix, but fans have not been happy to hear these comments.

Bridges also discussed getting traded to the Suns on draft night, Brunson and the Mavericks blowing out the Suns in Game 7 of the 2022 NBA playoffs, the Kevin Durant trade and much more in the episode. He rubbed Nets’ fans the wrong way as well when Brunson and Hart got him to pretty much say that the Knicks were New York’s team.

Most Suns’ fans have a lot of love for Bridges still, so some of these comments are surprising to hear.

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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