The Phoenix Suns made one of the greatest last-second in-bounds plays in NBA postseason history on Tuesday. Now Suns coach Monty Williams is showing some love for an unlikely source to help make this happen.
After Phoenix’s incredible Game 2 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in a balloon from Jae Crowder to Deandre Ayton with less than a second left on the clock, Williams credited former Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown for the play. Williams also yelled at former Suns assistant Joe Prunty, who made a similar play to win a game in 2017.
“We run it more when it is a typical [baseline out-of-bounds play], ”Williams said, according to Noah Levick of Yahoo! sports. “It’s kind of a combination of something Brett Brown used to do, and Joe Prunty made a play when he was here with the Suns: Tyson Chandler got spanked. But I wish I was so bright, because I’m not. Jae just made a great pass. That is the deal. He put it where only DA could get it. That’s a great conscience on your part. “
Williams was Brown’s assistant in Philadelphia during the 2018-19 season, immediately prior to becoming the Suns head coach. As for the play that Prunty directed in 2017, there were a good story behind that too.