The Phoenix Suns played disinterested and lackadaisical in their 88-62 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their Summer League finale. With the loss, the Suns leave Las Vegas with a 2-3 record.
Though the loss was ugly, the Suns started off on a good note. They ran out to a 11-1 lead and led for most of the first half, but a shooting slump to start the second half ultimately doomed them in. The Suns finished the day shooting 30% from the field and 5-22 from three point land.
Another factor in the loss was the team played without a center for all but 55 seconds. Miles Plumlee sat out today’s game, which left Alec Brown as the lone center on the roster. The second round pick was off to a good start, knocking down a three pointer on his first shot attempt before dislocating his left shoulder within the first minute that kept him out the rest of the day.
Dallas big men took advantage of the Suns lack of size dominated in the paint all day. Eric Griffin led the way for the Mavericks with 20 points.
TJ Warren had his first off day of the week, scoring nine points on 3-11 shooting. Even with one quiet game, Warren still scored 89 points in 124 minutes and showed he was worthy of being a lottery pick for the Suns.. Archie Goodwin had trouble from the field going 3-12, but knocked down seven free throws for 13 points in the loss.
Elias Harris was one of a couple players that turned in a nice performance. The big man from Gonzaga led the way with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Harris had an up and down Summer League with his highlight game coming against the Milwaukee Bucks when he shut down second overall pick Jabari Parker.
Taylor Braun gave himself some plays to put on a highlight reel for teams today. Braun scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, while playing with a bit of confidence and decisiveness on offense that hadn’t been seen prior to today.It is doubtful that he will make the Suns training camp roster, but he may have given himself a chance elsewhere.
Tyler Ennis had no points and just one assist in 19 minutes of play. A very quiet night that is made even more disappointing due to playing a Mavericks team with no NBA talent at the guard spot. Ennis had some moments this week, but not much for Suns fans to be excited about. He is going to be a project and patience will be important for the Syracuse point guard.
Seth Curry also put up a goose egg in the scorebook today. Curry went 0-7 with only two assists in 18 minutes. It seemed like he was trying to show that he can run an offense more than showing off his shooting game, which he had done plenty already this week. I am sure he will get a training camp invite somewhere this fall, but it will be tough for the Suns to keep him with their guard heavy team.