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Cardinals Catching Suns Fever With Rest Of Valley

Kingsbury, players excited to root on NBA brethren

DE J.J. Watt, center, cheers on the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 5 on Tuesday.
DE J.J. Watt, center, cheers on the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Suns are making a serious playoff push, and the Cardinals are taking notice.

Quarterback Kyler Murray, defensive end J.J. Watt and coach Kliff Kingsbury were all on hand for the Game 5 throttling of the Lakers on Tuesday and are excited to see how far Phoenix can go.

"The Purple Palace was electric," Watt said. "I said it in my first press conference down here – there is an energy to the Valley. If you were in that arena (Tuesday) night, there was a legitimate energy."

Kingsbury gave props to coach Monty Williams for the culture he's built and the Cardinals' coach said he has a "man-crush" on Chris Paul for the way he plays the game and leads his teammates.

The Suns struggled the past few years but everything has come together in the 2020-2021 season as they try to dispatch the defending champion Lakers in Game 6 and move on to the Western Conference Semifinals.

"It's so cool to see what they've developed," Kingsbury said.

Running back Chase Edmonds broke down the series during a press conference on Wednesday.

"Shout-out to the Suns, first and foremost," Edmonds said. "What they're doing for the city of Phoenix is awesome. My analysis? I think it's going seven. I think LeBron will get one more win. I don't see how they can beat Phoenix, though, without (Anthony Davis). It's too much of a mismatch right now.

"I'm a LeBron guy, but I'm rooting for the Suns. That's something those boys earned. They really worked hard. They got it out of the mud and kept improving year by year. That's something we're trying to do right here as an organization, so I can relate to that."

Suffice to say, plenty of Cardinals will be tuned in to see the results of Thursday night's game in Los Angeles.

"I can't wait to see what happens in Game 6," Watt said.