After a tough loss Tuesday night, the Suns needed a win to stay in the playoff race. While the Jazz seemed like a beatable opponent, the Suns could not manage to get anything going, as they lost in Utah 109-86.
The Suns were without Goran Dragic, who sat with an ankle sprain he picked up on Tuesday. With nither of their leaders able to play, the Suns were dominated. The Jazz shot 57.5 % from the floor, the highest of any Suns opponent this season. The Suns shot 38%, and also shot 18-29 from the foul line. Obviously, that isn’t just not going to cut it. It’s downright awful.
Ish Smith started at point. He did have an impressive night, putting up 15 points, eight boards, and five assists. However, he shot 5-15 from the floor. The Jazz didn’t fear Smith’s ability from outside the paint like they would have if it were Dragic, which only made things tougher on the Suns. Gerald Green added 17 points, but on 6-15 shooting. The one bright spot of the night was Archie Goodwin, who put up 16 points on 6-10 shooting and seven rebounds. He’s making a strong case for more playing time, and when the Suns backcourt returns to full strength, it will be hard to choose who gets time off the bench.
The Suns fall to 33-24 with this loss. Memphis won, so they are out of the playoff picture at the present time. They have lost three straight. That said, this team has proven that it can recover, and hopefully it can when the Suns host Atlanta on Friday.