The Suns were faced with a fierce Pacific Division foe Monday night when they visited the Clippers in Staple Center. The Suns fell apart early, going into halftime trailing by 17 at halftime. The ever resolute Suns stayed in it, cutting the lead to four at one point. However, the deficit would prove just too much, as the Suns lost 112-105.
The Suns allowed defense allowed an opponent to shoot 50+ percent for the seventh straight game. That’s part of the reason they are currently out of the playoff picture. The Clippers shot 55 percent for the game, and 65 percent in the first half.
Blake Griffin was the bane of the Suns’ existence tonight. He had 37 points, 22 in the first quarter. He would have had more, but his own teammates seemed shut him out in the second half. He only took four shots after halftime. He was also involved in a rough altercation with P.J. Tucker, who was ejected and may potentially be suspended for punching Griffin.
Goran Dragic led the Suns with 23 points, 20 of them in the second half. Two fastbreaks he single-handedly orchestrated cut the lead to single digits in the fourth. Miles Plumlee had a great game coming back from a short injury hiatus. He had 12 points, nine boards two blocks. Markieff Morris added a nice 16 points and six boards off the bench, though he struggled with his jump shooting.
While this was definitely a tough loss, and a performance the Suns would not like to repeat, you have to admire the fact that they didn’t quit. They played hard for 48 minutes, and the Clippers only won because they did the same. That kind of resilient attitude will hopefully help the Suns make and make noise in the playoffs.
The Suns sit at 35-27 after this loss. They are currently sitting in the 9th seed. Hopefully they can get back in now that this tough stretch is over. They return to action Wednesday night when the host Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Caviliers. Eric Bledsoe is scheduled to play his first game since January 30th that night.