Well, rebounds were abundant in the miserable game as the Suns beat Boston 87-80 victory as neither team could throw a golf ball in the ocean, hit the broadside of a barn, or whatever metaphor you’d like. It was ugly. The Suns shot 42.5 percent from the field, while the Celtics shot a wretched 30.9 percent.
In the low scoring affair, the Suns had the lead for most of the game, but got careless during stretches of the second half, letting Boston hang around. The game was much closer than it ever should have been, going into the final minute.
The game was tied up at 80, then rookie Alex Len, in place of the injured Plumlee who got hit in the face, made a contribution. Bledsoe had to throw up a shot that banged off the rim. Luckily Len had fought for position under the hoop, tipped in the basket and got the foul also. He converted the free throw.
The lead was three.
Then Jeff Green bricked a desperation three, but Rajon Rondo caught the rebound, and his teammate Chris Johnson had his pass stolen by P.J. Tucker, who threw it ahead to Markieff Morris for the fastbreak dunk.
Five point lead.
Jeff Green tried to at least make the game close with another three, but it clanged off the rim, Markieff got the rebound and passed it Dragic who laid it up, giving Keef his second steal.
Seven point lead… and game; except there was enough time for Jared Sullinger to hoist up another missed three-pointer.
The weird part was there were no stoppages in the last minute. It was basically the fastest final minute of a close pro basketball game in history.
Since it was such a low-scoring game, Dragic led all players in the game with his 20-point outing.
Bledsoe’s first game as a starter was a welcome sight as he tallied a stat line of 17 points (mostly easy layups, some in the form of putbacks and in transition). He also collected 10 rebounds and dished out four assists, while also blocking a shot. Bledsoe had a game-high +19 plus/minus. Welcome back.
In Tucker’s first game back from the one-game suspension he had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Markieff Morris had 15 points and nine boards off the bench.
On the Celtics’ side, it seemed like no one wanted to step up and take the scoring load.
The unlikely “heroes” for Boston were Kris Humphries and Chris Johnson who both led the team in points with a measly 11 apiece.
The Suns got some help in the standings as Memphis lost to the Raptors. Combined with the Suns victory, Phoenix is only one game in back of the Grizz. That’s the good news. The bad news is the Suns play those Raptors on Sunday.