You know what? There’s disappointment and then there’s whatever kind of sick feeling that Suns fans are feeling right now. The Phoenix Suns(12-22) lost to the Utah Jazz(17-17) last night at the U.S Airways center in downtown Phoenix by the final score of 87-80.
The Jazz were led by their front court duo Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. The two big guys combined for 40 points, 18 rebounds, 6 steals and shot over 50% from the field, however the story of the game wasn’t or at least SHOULDN’T be how good the Jazz were but rather how god awful the Suns were.
Energy? Awful! Discipline? Awful! Bench play? Awful! Defense? AWFUL! The Suns allowed the Jazz to score 60 of their 87 points in the paint, and turned the ball over 21 times which led to 25 point for Utah.
“Almost everything they did was in the paint except a couple of jump shots,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “That’s the toughest thing.”
The Suns shot 4 of 19 in the 2nd quarter and scored a total of 9 points in a 12 minute quarter, that stat right there pretty much sums up what last night was like for the Suns.
“I thought the first quarter was the best we’ve played all season,” Gentry said. “But the last three quarters were as bad as possibly could have played.”
In reality, the Suns actually fared quite well in the 1st quarter outscoring Utah 31-25 on 78% shooting from the floor, had 10 assists on 14 made baskets, Goran Dragic led the way with 11 points and 3 assists in the opening quarter, but like Alvin Gentry said, the final 3 quarters was about as bad as we’ve ever seen.
The Suns bench also got outplayed by the Utah bench as the Jazz reserves outscored the Suns reserves 32-14. The Suns bench as a unit shot 6 of 22 and if you take away Telfair’s 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, the bench would have totaled 4 points on 2 of 15 shooting. In the 2nd quarter the Suns went nearly 9 minutes without scoring a point. Markieff Morris hit a 16-footer with 9:59 left in the 2nd quarter as the Suns led 36-25 and they wouldn’t score again until Luis Scola nailed a 19-footer with 1:31 remaining in the 2nd to tie the game at 38.
Marcin Gortat recorded his 3rd straight double-double for the 2nd time this season as he put up 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks on 7 of 9 shooting from the field.
This was the Suns game to lose, in all my years of watching the Suns I can’t recall the last time they were this awful. What really stings at this point is the fact that the Jazz didn’t play well last night, in the 2nd and 4th quarter the Jazz scored a combined total of 33 points in those 2 quarters, the Jazz also shot only 1 of 9 from downtown, and actually shot worse than the Suns from the field.
After a game like this, there’s just really not that much to say….Although I was able to spew out 562 words…