How and where to watch the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers Game 6 live on TV
Nervously, if you’re a Suns fan.
But of course you have to watch, even if it’s between your fingers like a late-night screening of “The Exorcist.” That’s a given. The Suns could clinch their trip to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
Or they could play like they did on Monday — poorly — and wind up tied 3-3 in a best-of-seven series.
Either way, no self-respecting basketball fan could think of missing this.
Remember, it can be agony to watch a great drama, whether it’s a movie or TV. The hero has to get into some trouble, face a little danger and then overcome it for a truly satisfying experience.
Devin Booker, it’s time to be a hero. And you’ve already got a villain — the Clippers' Patrick Beverley, last seen dancing like a marionette whose strings were cut after a foul on Chris Paul and practically begging for boos. (Suns fans obliged.)
How this plays out is going to be thrilling. Just hope, if you’re a Suns fan, that it’s not heartbreaking.
What channel and time to watch Suns vs. Clippers Game 6
Game 6 tips off on Wednesdayat 6 p.m. Arizona time on ESPN. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will call the game; Rachel Nichols will report.
Momentum may be swinging toward the Clippers. Still,the Suns have history to conquer. But they've been good in a pinch.They finished off the Utah Jazz, the top seed in the Western Conference, by winning the last two games of their seven-game series without their best player, Kawhi Leonard, who injured his knee.
Then he missed Sunday's game. Then Tuesday's. Then Thursday's. Then Monday's. Now Wednesday's as well.
The Suns missed Paul for the first two games of the series, as he was placed in the NBA's COVID-19 protocol. And make no mistake, to that point,Paul had been great in the playoffs this season. But before that, he was known as a chronic playoff underachiever. It looked as if, health status notwithstanding, he was shaking that reputation.
Leonard, though, is one of the all-time great playoff performers. His last-second buzzer-beater to win Game 7 over the Philadelphia 76ers when he played for the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019 was one of the best things on TV that year, and surely one of the great shots of all time.
And the Clippers got it done against the Jazz without him. Getting past the Suns without him may prove tougher, though the Clippers have been in an 0-2 hole before.
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No Kawhi Leonard? No problem. This is still can't-miss TV
So wait a second. One of the sport's greatest players missing another game? Doesn’t that take this series down a few notches on the must-see-TV list?
The NBA is a star-driven league. We watch for much the same reason we watch blockbuster movies — to see famous people do the thing they’re good at (and get paid astronomical amounts of money for doing it). Take out the major stars, you’d think, and the show would suffer.
But it doesn’t really happen that way in sports. Not always.
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For one thing, there are other players to watch. There’s Booker, of course — he can score from anywhere, and always seems to be around the ball, which is a mark of a great player. And he can come back from a smashed-up nose.
Ayton has improved a lot, and he took a huge step forward with that game-winning dunk Tuesday, It was the cap on a great overall game.
For the Clippers, Paul George is not Kawhi-level great. Who is? But he is really good and on a tear of late. A notch below are Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris.
Someone is going to step up, again. It may be someone we don’t expect,like Cam Payne for the Suns in Game 2. Or someone else. After all, Terance Mann playing greatlike he did for the Clippers to close out the Jazz is sort of like Ant-Man saving all the other Avengers and the world while he's at it. Not how you thought things would play out, maybe, but sometimes the unexpected is the best reason to watch.
This is one of those times.
Suns-Clippers NBA Western Conference Finals complete schedule
- Game 1: Sunday, June 20, Clippers at Suns, 12:30 p.m., Channel 15 (ABC).
- Game 2: Tuesday, June 22, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 3: Thursday, June 24, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 4: Saturday, June 26, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 5: Monday, June 28, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 6 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 30, Suns at Clippers, 6 p.m., ESPN.
- Game 7 (if necessary): Friday, July 2, Clippers at Suns, 6 p.m., ESPN.
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