Phoenix Suns Week in Review: January 8-15
While the week got off to a good start against Minnesota, the rest was basically the worst case scenario.
Wednesday, following a loss the day before to the severely depleted Chicago Bulls, the Suns went into Minnesota and pulled out a last second victory. Gerald Green’s buzzer-beater was a shot on the right baseline, just in front of the three-point line, falling away out of bounds that sealed the game for Phoenix.
This defeat put the Timberwolves locker room into a frenzy as superstar Kevin Love called out a few of his teammates for not fully having their heart in the game and not being supportive from the bench.
Unfortunately, the Suns followed up this exhilarating victory with three disappointing close losses to sub-.500 teams.
First, they lost for the third time this season to the Memphis Grizzlies by five points following a rest day. This grit-and-grind team seems to be a terrible matchup for the Suns with their athletic guards’ aggressive defense and getting in the passing lanes.
The next day they had to travel to Detroit because they had a matchup with the Pistons. The Suns held tough, but the entire Piston frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith had crazy double-doubles while point guard Brandon Jennings finished with 18 assists. Smith sealed the game with an unorthodox layup with a few seconds to go that was perfectly defended by Channing Frye. There was nothing else he could have done. Sometimes (crazy awkward) offense beats perfect defense.
A couple days later, the Suns traveled to the Big Apple to take on the blazing not New York Knicks. Even though New York has the superstar in Carmelo Anthony (and former All-Stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, but Chandler was out with the flu), the Suns’ record was much better and on a normal night Phoenix should win easily. However, this night was anything but normal.
Everything went wrong for Phoenix as they lost by two in overtime.
Melo was cooking from all over the court, scoring 29 points, while pulling down 16 boards. For the Suns, a couple sharp-shooters were totally cold as Channing Frye and Gerald Green combined for 5-28 from the floor.
This road-trip was a disaster as Phoenix went 1-4 against all sub-.500 teams, while the only bright spot was the signing of former Sun fan favorite Leandro “The Brazilian Blur” Barbosa who showed a spark off the bench.
Coming up this week is a homestead to get the Suns back on track. They play the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and finishing with the Indiana Pacers next Wednesday. The Suns should go 2-2 in that stretch.