Phoenix Suns Throttle Trail Blazers: 3 Positive Takeaways From The Victory

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Phoenix Suns, Cameron Johnson
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Takeaways From Suns-Trail Blazers: Booker-less Suns Shot the Ball Better than Expected

Even without leading scorer Devin Booker, who entered the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols just hours before last night’s game, Phoenix still managed to find that spark offensively that’s normally provided by him and point guard savant, Chris Paul, who’s been out since Feb. 16 with a broken thumb and could very well miss the rest of the regular season.

The Suns shot an even 50% from the field — making 40-80 shots. Standout performances from Cameron Johnson, who posted a team-high 20 points, helped elevate the Suns in the scoring department.

Other contributions would be Deandre Ayton scoring 18 points, making 9 of 12 shots from the field along with Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges, who finished with 15 points apiece — to name a few.

There was also some success shooting the three-ball. Phoenix posted 38.9% from the three, hitting 13-41 from behind the arc, edging by the Trail Blazers who made 11-31 leading them to a 35.5% from three-point land.

In many ways, this is a positive sign for Monty Williams and the Phoenix Suns. It shows the organization that efficiency can be upheld even without two key offensive players. It also proves that the Suns haven’t broken stride. Even after suffering two losses at home, they retain the league’s best record and boast an impressive 27-7 record at home, the best in the league as well.

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