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2021 NBA Final: Monty Williams: “We have something in front of us that we shouldn’t lose sight of”

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams reminded his players that they have worked hard to get where they are ahead of tonight’s clash with the series level.

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2021 NBA Final: Monty Williams: “We have something in front of us that we shouldn’t lose sight of”
JONATHAN DANIEL AFP

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams hopes his players can stay positive and remain focused going into tonight’s fifth game in the 2021 NBA finals series. The Suns surrendered their lead after going 0-2 up with the Bucks heroically levelling the series.

"We'll correct the errors from Game 4"

Williams said he hasn’t had time to reflect on what happened in Game and reminded his players that they have worked hard to get where they are ahead of tonight’s clash with the series level. “When you turn the ball over that many times, with our group, it’s not something that you typically see. They got hands on balls a few times but a lot of it was things that we can correct. The turnovers probably hurt both groups more than anything,” he told reporters. “There is trepidation from a rebounding perspective - we gotta hit bodies before they get to the paint. It’s a little bit different not having an anchor out there like DA, and not having Dario [Saric] out there. But I think Torrey, Jay, Cam Johnson… they’ve done a pretty good job of battling for boards. Torrey flies in there to get rebounds and it’s really helped us. There is some give and take with that line-up - it also allows us to spread the floor on the other end. If we can take care of the ball, which we will, I think that line-up will look even better”.

Positive psychology

The Suns coach has spent the last few days trying to rally his players, repeatedly telling them not to let their heads go down as they approach a key point in the series. “It’s just life, you know. You’re going to face stuff. The natural human tendency is to drift and not count your blessings. That’s what what I was trying to do, to remind our guys how hard they’ve worked to get to this point. And that was a tough loss - but any loss in the finals is a tough loss,” he explained. “Our guys have accomplished so much and we have something in front of us that I didn’t want them to lose sight of, even in that moment. When you’ve been kicked around as much as I have, in basketball, in life, you learn that you have to keep your head up, look for the positives and count your blessings because it’s not as bad as you think”.

Tonight’s Game 5 tips off at 21:00 hours ET at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.