Tonight was a double dip of bad news for Planet Orange. The Phoenix Suns(25-57) got blown out by the Denver Nuggets(57-25) tonight by the final score of 118-98. The Nuggets raced out to a 26 point halftime lead and never looked back.
“We all have a feeling what’s a better matchup, but come on, man, realistically … with the history of my time of coaching says is just go do the right thing, go win every game you can and see where it falls,” George Karl said.
Denver dominated the Suns tonight in every sense of the word. Denver scored 80 of their 118 points in the paint, recorded 35 fastbreak points, had seven different players with double-figure scoring, out rebounded the Suns 54-47, and shot 52.7% from the field.
Denvers’ forwards Andre Iguodala, and Wilson Chandler combined for 41 points on 16 of 28 shooting from the floor, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals; Anthony Randolph 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
The Suns were without their top player Goran Dragic who missed the game due to an ankle injury. Kendall Marshall started in his place. While Marshall by no means played well, he didn’t play awful neither. Marshall finished the game with a career high 14 assists with zero turnovers; in three starts, Marshall has averaged 12.3 assists.
This was just not the Suns night, simply put. The Suns shot just 38.5% from the floor and had issues against the size of the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets as a team had eight blocks on the game, three courtesy of Anthony Randolph.
To make matters worse for the Suns, the Utah Jazz were unable to secure a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies tonight which means that the Suns double-lottery pick hopes are out the window along with their 2012-2013 season.
This season was dreadful, but fact of the matter is, it could have been worse. The Suns had one of the worst rosters going into this season, and living in the western conference certainly didn’t make life easier.
With the end to one of the worst seasons in Phoenix Suns franchise history, the days will begin to look brighter. With the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Bobcats, the Suns are now owners of the fourth worst overall record in the NBA which means the Suns have roughly a 12% chance to win the number overall pick in the upcoming draft.