Despite all of the great moments and epic games of the Suns season, the adventure will sadly not extend past Wednesday night. In their home finale, where the Suns were clinging to their last playoff hopes, they failed to grab a victory, losing to Memphis 97-91/
Memphis has now swept the Suns 4-0 this season. Their rugged, slow style truly is the bane of the Suns’ existence. Memphis led by as many as thirteen, but as usual, the Suns fought to the bitter end. The Suns only managed to score 14 points in the first, but fought back to be trailing 46-42 at halftime. The game was tied at 67 apiece by the end of the third, and it was back and fourth in the final quarter until a couple of missed three’s and turnovers late in the game killed the Suns, as they have the past couple of games.
The Suns also didn’t have much of an answer for Zach Randolph. For a while he was outscoring the entire Suns team, and finished with 32 points, a season high. The Grizz defense was on their game, and held the Suns to an ugly 5-26 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies also kept consistent with their play style, grabbing 42 boards to the Suns 30 and 50 points in the paint. Basically, Memphis specializes n everything the Suns hate to deal with.
Markieff Morris ;led the Suns off the bench with 211 points, following up an ugly first quarter with a overall good scoring performance. Goran Dragic had 14 points and six boards, but sadly, his season of excellence was capped off with a crucial late game turnover and a missed corner three that would’ve made the game winnable. Eric Bledsoe had 13 points, and Miles Plumlee had 12 including a couple of clutch plays late game.
The Suns drop to 47-34 with this defeat. They are now officially out of the playoffs, which is unfortunate for a team that worked so hard. That said, this season has been a great one full of fantastic moments and stories. Hopefully that is how the Suns 2013-2014 season will be remembered when it caps off with a visit to Sacramento on Wednesday.