Phoenix Suns Week in Review January 15-22
This week, the Suns played three games and went 2-1, bringing their record to 23-17.
Phoenix came off a brutal 1-4 road-trip, but there’s nothing to get your game back on track than playing the Kobe-less 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers at home. Although the Suns couldn’t come out with a 27-point victory like the last time LA came to Phoenix right before Christmas, the Suns squad won by seven, scoring 121 points. Gerald Green was on fire scoring 28 points from all over the court, handing the Suns the victory.
However, the game received national attention for Alex Len’s flagrant foul of Nick Young and then “Swaggy P’s” crazy reaction as he tried to take on the entire Suns’ squad on the floor by himself.
A couple days later, the Suns hosted the Dallas Mavericks, but Dallas left with the 110-107 win as P.J. Tucker’s last-second shot didn’t fall. Also, his foot was unfortunately was on the three-point line, so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. This was a winnable game despite so many of the Mavs players going off on the offensive end.
The week ended Sunday as the Suns won 117-103 over the Denver Nuggets. Channing Frye was the key, as he scored 30 points (and could have hit 35 or more had he played more in the final quarter).
Apparently anyone can pull the Suns to victory. Of course Dragic and Bledsoe have done it on multiple occasions, while Gerald Green has had his definite moments, including his game-winner in Minnesota. Markieff Morris and newcomer Leandro Barbosa have had impactful games, and now Frye joins that group.
Phoenix has four games this week, starting with Wednesday’s game against the NBA-best Indiana Pacers. The Suns then get a “break” as they only have to play three relatively bad Eastern Conference teams. They start by hosting the Washington Wizards Friday, then hit the road Sunday and Monday for a back-to-back against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers.
They should go 3-1 in this period, but the most important game to win is against the Pacers. It is the other game ESPN flexed into involving the Suns (other one was Suns buzzer-beating victory over the Timberwolves). Also, the Suns are at home and on more rest than Indiana so they have a chance. They play each other again a week from Thursday in Indiana, while at the end of the brutal four games in five nights all on the road. They probably won’t win that game, so they better take advantage of this opportunity.