The new Suns era got started with a bang on Wednesday night, as new coach Jeff Hornacek and the new Suns team claimed its first victory on opening night. The Suns outplayed the Portland Trail Blazers consistently, only allowing the Blazers to lead the game once by two points. Every time Portland closed the gap, the Suns sparked another run to retake control.
It was a night of impressive performances for most of the Suns players. Goran Dragic led the team with 26 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. His backcourt partner Eric Bledsoe was spectacular in his debut for the Suns, putting up 22 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. The pair connected well, and showed that they just might be able to share the backcourt for Phoenix. Perhaps more surprising was the fantastic night from Miles Plumlee, who was just recently promoted to the Suns starting center. He put up 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. P.J. Tucker also added 18 points
In his NBA debut, rookie Alex Len neither played much nor contributed. At times, it seemed like he wasn’t being aggressive in the paint, but he began to toughen up later in the game. That said, he is still recovering from an injury and adjusting to the NBA.
The Suns as a whole played run and gun ball, which is not only fun to watch but seems to be when the Suns play at their best. They had difficulty on defense, and shot only 29% from deep, but a 51% shooting night and a big win is certainly something to be pleased with.
There isn’t much that could’ve made this a better start to the Suns season, and hopefully this is a sign of what the Suns new regime has in store.