A Habit To Avoid
To be clear, surrendering double-digit leads is not a habit the Suns should get into. The frustration in watching Phoenix play terrific basketball early on, only to grow complacent and allow their opponent back in the contest, is mounting with each passing game in this critical home stand.
It’s also worth noting that victories against the struggling Cavs, the Timberwolves, the Lakers and the short-handed Blazers don’t make the Suns world-beaters, especially when Phoenix keeps giving up big leads.
The Suns have 38 games left in the season, with 23 of them coming against current playoff teams — and that doesn’t include four games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans.
The Suns may have started this home stand with a perfect 4-0 record, but with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls coming to town, they can’t afford to let leads — especially double-digit ones — slip through their fingers.
"“We need to stop doing that,” Goran Dragic said after the Portland game. “Come up 20 and then they come back and take the lead, but we were focused enough in the fourth quarter to make big plays and it’s a huge win for us.”"
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