Focus should be on Chris Paul after Suns’ unexplained collapse

The Suns were supposed to be like the 2004 Red Sox and the 2016 Cubs.

They were our deliverance. Our ghostbusters. Our roundball saviors.

They were destined to the break the curse in the Valley following a decade of competitive dysfunction, which followed a decade of playoff torment and heartbreak. They had a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals, an opponent they had beaten 11 consecutive times.

Somehow, the Suns lost their grip, their composure and four of the next five games. The last two outcomes were thoroughly embarrassing and emasculating, derailing the individual legacies of every notable performer in the group. They were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage on the biggest stage in basketball and trailed by 46 points in the second half of Game 7.

We have been given no explanations. Invested fans remain deeply traumatized. We’re all searching for answers and alibis. Just like the Cardinals’ shocking collapse in 2021, the bottom simply fell out of the bathtub. The mess is profound.

Yet the Suns seem to be taking the shocking elimination in stride, taking solace and pride in their regular-season feats. Their acceptance is both suspicious and unnerving. Especially when a team with elite chemistry and depth had very little of either at the bitter end, a team where a genteel servant-leader, Monty Williams, engaged in a very public display of mutual dissatisfaction with Deandre Ayton, and according…

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