4 takeaways from Phoenix Suns loss in revenge game

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Phoenix Suns, Dario Saric (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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Super Dario’s Big Night

Evidently, the true key to Saric transforming into Super Dario is losing weight. According to Eddie Johnson during the telecast, Saric lost six for seven pounds recently and is thus much lighter on his feet and moving around much better.

Dario tied with his season-high with 24 points (also set against Portland just last Friday) and grabbed 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double since mid-January and his sixth game in a row scoring double figures.

His rebounding is really where you could tell his weight loss improved his game. He was jumping and hustling after balls he would not have gotten to a month or two ago.

However, I’ll tell you where Dario was not super: defense. Then again, it may have just been Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony was having his way with him in a vintage Melo type of night. He finished with 21 points, of which 20 felt like came from pull up jumpers in Saric’s face.

Another downside for the Suns, they had to play against their own Nintendo-themed player, and this guy didn’t even have to rhyme the name to get there. Mario Hezjona led the Blazers bench scoring with eight and not missing a single shot from the field, including 2-2 from deep.

Super, Mario.