The Phoenix Suns(12-23) fell short against the Memphis Grizzlies(21-10) last night in Phoenix by the final score of 92-81. Falling “Short” Seems like the appropriate term to describe the Suns night as it seemed like every jump shot they took just fell short of rim, and ultimately, so did they; Luis Scola began the game by air balling a wide-open jumper.
The Suns had an absolutely miserable time shooting the ball last night throughout the entire game as they shot only 39% from the field and began the game by missing their first 7 shot attempts. The Suns were led last night offensively by ironically enough P.J Tucker who put up a career high 17 points and also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
“He played typical P.J. He played his butt off” Said Suns head coach Alvin Gentry regarding the performance of P.J Tucker who has now started the last 4 games for the Suns replacing Shannon Brown in the starting line-up.
Tucker hit a big time 3-pointer which tighten the game as Memphis led 71-62 heading into the fourth quarter. Markieff Morris then opened the quarter by converting on a 3-point play after getting fouled as he hit a baseline 17-foot jumper then after the made free throw by Morris the one time 14-point Memphis lead was now merely 71-65.
Unfortunately the Grizzlies would go on a 15-5 run which was capped off by a Zach Randolph 20-footer with 2:58 left which gave the Memphis Grizzlies a 86-70 lead and that was just about all she wrote.
The Grizzlies were led by none other than Zach Randolph who scored 21 points and added 8 rebounds. Randolph who was very questionable prior to the game after dealing with a flu ultimately wounded up playing and was obviously very effective. Rudy Gay added 20 points for Memphis and Marc Gasol also added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis.
Last night was an extremely tough night for the Suns shooting the ball as only 2 players reached double digit scoring(Tucker & Gortat).
The Suns bench was once again awful as they scored 29 points on 11 of 30 shooting as a unit. Luis Scola who’s been on a tear as of late cooled down and shot only 3 of 12 from the field scoring 7 points on the game.
“We’re in a bad spot right now,” said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. “Number one, we’ve got to stay together. We can’t fragment right now. That’s the easiest thing to do. Number two, we’ve got to play better. And number three, we’ve got to believe in ourselves. We’re not going to play out the season or anything like that.” Jared Dudley added a statement after the game stating that it was up to him and Jermaine O’Neal to keep the team from fragmenting.
This is an extremely tough loss for the Suns as now they are set to embark on a 4-game road trip to the east which begins in Milwaukee on Tuesday and will end next Monday when the Suns will play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the U.S Airways center in downtown Phoenix.