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: Greater concentration on defense

Even as one of the best defensive teams in the playoffs, the Suns looked lost in Game 3. Rotations and defensive communications were all over the place, as the Suns conceded high quality 3-pointers and layups to the Clippers at a very frequent rate.

Their 115.0 defensive rating in this game was seven points lower than Phoenix’s average for the playoffs, clearly illustrating a poor performance. Even the usually disciplined Ayton had some bad mistakes as a defender, primarily struggling to box out against Zubac and company.

The Suns were also reckless, getting themselves into foul trouble during Game 3. Jae Crowder even fouled out with 5 minutes left in the contest. At a crucial juncture of the third quarter, Booker too needed to hit the bench after picking up three fouls in two minutes!

The Suns need to make improvements from Game 3 on the defensive end, and play like the disciplined team they have been for the majority of the 2021 playoffs, that is, if they hope to win Game 4. This starts with head coach Monty Williams, who needs to address this point of emphasis as much as he can before tipoff.

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If the Suns can set the defensive tone for the game tonight, one can expect them to hold onto it as the game progresses considering their ability to do so all season. Watching how they attack should be fun, as defending fiercely while avoiding foul trouble really is one of the hardest things to do in the NBA>