MILWAUKEE — With the visiting locker room off-limits to the media due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the press conference following the Phoenix Suns’ Game 6 loss was in an auxiliary room in the bowels of Fiserv Forum, a few feet away from the Milwaukee Bucks’ locker room and friends and family section.

The first Sun to address the media was Chris Paul. As he sat at the dais, “We Are The Champions” blared through the walls. So, too, did the cheers of thousands of Bucks fans. Bucks players’ children ran through the outside hallway, screaming and celebrating.

For the Suns, there was no escaping the painful reality of the moment. Paul’s bleary-eyed look said more than he could.



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