In the new Phoenix Suns first showing against an NBA team, they walk away with a 104-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a close win. The Suns led as many as 19 points, but Portland was able to cut the lead to four with three minutes left in the game . The Suns had a good night on offense, shooting 46% from the floor and 53% from three-point range. Goran Dragic led the team in scoring, putting up 19 points and adding five assist in only 17 minutes. In his return to action after missing last season, Channing Frye put up 14 points, including shooting 75% from deep. Marcus Morris also had a good day, adding 15 points and seven rebounds. Neither of the two rookies did as well as the Suns previous game. Archie Goodwin put up six points, and Alex Len didn’t score at all.
Eric Bledsoe had a cold night against the Trail Blazers. He put up only six points on 3-11 shooting. He was also 0-4 from three. Perimeter scoring has always been one of Bledsoe’s weaknesses, and that is something he needs to improve. The bright spot was that he tallied nine assists, showing his ability as a distributor. The Suns seem to have more of an idea of who is going to be on their final roster, as they sat four players. Viacheslav Kravtsov, Dionte Christmas, Ish Smith, and James Nunnally didn’t play.
Overall, the Suns had a good game. They held onto their lead and now have a win over an NBA team, which should be a confidence boost for the new players and management.