Phoenix Suns: 4 Things that Need to be Improved For Game 4

Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Suns Game 4 Key: Go to Ayton if others are struggling

While Phoenix’s All-Star guard backcourt played an ugly Game 3, Ayton continued his efficient playoff run with 18 points, shooting 69 percent from the field during the contest. But after going 5-6 in the first quarter, Ayton only took three field goal attempts in the next two quarters.

While some of this was due to excellent paint defense from the Clippers and the Suns getting great looks from the perimeter, Phoenix still needs to ensure that their in-form center gets the ball, especially when their backcourt is struggling from the field.

The game’s turning point came when the Clippers went on a seven minute, 21-3 run, where Ayton only took two field goal attempts. That run essentially ended the game, sticking a fork in any comeback efforts rallied up by Phoenix.

It too helped fuel the raging crowd surrounding the game, making it that much harder to slow down the contest and allow the Suns to build some momentum. Entering the same arena tonight, it is incredible crucial that Phoenix avoids any similar crowd-igniting incidents.

While Phoenix’s offense usually refrains from going cold along the perimeter with great creation and shooting, they have a good “Plan B,” in going to Ayton from the post. If the Suns struggle to hit efficiently from outside again, they need to run with it, and feed their big man rather than continue lofting up shots.