Thursday night was the 14th game of the young NBA season, and the surprising Phoenix suns have hit their first dark cloud losing streak , which is now their second waive of adversity after losing their Center to a suspension and the amazing start.
The Suns have now lost three straight games after a 124-121 thriller loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Talking Stick Arena on Thursday Night. A game that was one of the only two NBA games televised on TNT, and the Suns giving an audience a chance to see whats been going on and how they have gotten off to this great start of the 2019 season.
Unfortunately, planet Orange came in short handed for the second game playing without their rock and foundation of toughness Aaron Baynes and their floor general Ricky Rubio, whom both have been out for the last two games with nagging injuries that list them as day-to-day.
That did not stop the Suns from competing , as Head Coach Monty Williams has instilled a will to fight in every match up regardless the opponent.
This was a good game where the Suns defense hung tough even through a three point shooting exhibition by the Pelicans, hitting a total of 16 as a team.
The start was amazing for the Pelicans veteran guard the seasoned J.J Reddick, who set the tone that the Pelicans would be a hand full tonight. Reddick had a stretch where he hit four straight threes including back-to-back four point play opportunities as the suns fouled him on the attempts.
Suns were down 12 and made a run in the second quarter and pushed to a seven point lead at the half on a Kelly Oubre three at the buzzer making it 66-59.
The star of the night was not the one we expected, but the lanky and long stretched out Brandon Ingram took over the game after a slow start.
Ingram finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds and he finished off the Suns with two shots down the stretch including a strong move to the hoop getting the and-one call on a foul.
The Suns were lead by Kelly Oubre’s 25 points and 6 rebounds as he was fearless, but in crucial times as young teams do, still making the wrong plays at the wrong time by taking ill advised threes.
Devin Booker is playing a great game of team ball but in games like last night felt like he could have asserted himself a little more and take over the game.
The one thing that teams have used on Booker continues to work and that’s the double team, as Devin is still turning the ball over at a high alarming rate accounting for 6 of the teams 14 on the the night. Book needs to shake the trend that he cant handle a strong double team, because every team will bring that strategy to the table.
Now its back on the road for the Suns who are now a .500 team at 7-7, and still holding the early hold as the 7th seeded team in the Western playoff standings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves is the road opponent next and they have been playing very well of late at home, can the Suns get back to their winning ways and get the road win? that question is answered with another question, can they get Ricky Rubio and Aaron Baynes back at full stretch? we shall see.