With the amount of regular season games now in single digits and the playoffs within reach, the Suns needed a win in LA Sunday night. WHile it seemed like the Suns would be able to win on paper, nothing went according to plan, and the Suns lost 115-99.
Normally when the Suns lose, they do it respectably. They keep the game competitive until the bitter end and rarely are totally dominated. This was not one of those nights. It was ugly. Really ugly.
The Suns shot 7-28 n the first quarter. While that looks bad, it wasn’t much of a reason to be concerned. It wasn’t like the Suns were jacking up shots that they had no business taking. The Suns wre running their offense by the book and playing smart, but nothing was falling. The Suns came out in the second quarter looking better. Then everything just fell apart. The Suns couldn’t generate any offense and couldn’t play much defense. It’s a rare occasion when the Suns look confused, beaten, and tired, but that’s what happened tonight.
The Suns shot 38.5 percent to the Lakers 53 percent. Worse yet, they shot a terrible 8-36 from behind the arc. Honestly, they were hopelessly launching threes in the way people may have expected the Lakers to end up doing. Even when the Suns had chances to initiate a miraculous rival, they made silly mistakes.
Chris Kaman torched the Suns with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Former Sun Kendall Marshall had 13 points and 11 assists. On the Suns end, Gerald Green had 22 points and Markieff Morris had 16 points and 12 boards off the bench. The Suns bench scored 58 points total. It was the starters who didn’t step up. Goran Dragic was decent with 17 points, but Eric Bledsoe had 10 on 1-9 shooting, and the other three starters had 10 points combined. That just isn’t going to cut it on this home stretch and in the playoffs.
The Suns now sit at 44-30. They failed to take advantage of losses by the Warriors and Grizzlies, yet still hold the 7th seed. This loss may come back to bite them, as the schedule only gets tougher from here, starting on Wednesday night when the other half of LA, the Clippers, travel to Phoenix.
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