Suns join Celtics among handful of NBA teams to ever accomplish this feat

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Suns join Celtics among handful of teams to ever accomplish this feat originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Phoenix Suns eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers from the playoffs Wednesday night with a Game 6 win in the Western Conference Finals to reach the 2021 NBA Finals.

Phoenix will soon make its third Finals appearance. The franchise is 0-2 after losing to the Boston Celtics in 1976 and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in 1993.

The Suns also made a bit of history with their conference championship. They became just the seventh team in league history to reach the NBA Finals one year after missing the playoffs.

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Just three of the previous six teams to accomplish this feat went on to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy. They are the 1977 Trail Blazers, 2008 Celtics and 2020 Lakers.

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The Suns still don't know which Eastern Conference team they will play in the next round.

The Bucks and Hawks are even at two wins apiece entering Thursday night's pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee. The Bucks will be without two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo because of injury.

If the Suns and Hawks meet in the NBA Finals, it will be a matchup between two cities that have never won an NBA title.