Thursday, January 23, 2014

Phoenix Suns: OUTPACED THE PACERS


I knew that the Phoenix Suns vs. the Indiana Pacers was going to be something special. It did not disappoint. The number one team in fast break defense (Pacers) faced off against the number one team in fast break points (Suns) on live television. The Suns continue to prove skeptics wrong as they were going up against the number one team in the league without Bledsoe. This was a very important game for the Suns; even more so to both Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green who was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Suns during the offseason for Luisa Scola. The duo combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds while Scola put up 5 points and 5 rebounds. As a Suns fan, thank you very much, Indiana Pacers!
The game was very fast paced from the beginning. The Suns were running hard on both ends of the floor and attacking the basket whenever they touched the ball. This is what I love to see from the Phoenix Suns! They are a very quick team and need to use that more to their advantage. The Suns do have some shooters, but I do not want them to try to win games by making threes alone. Attacking the basket hard gets opponents in foul trouble and gives teammates open looks at the basket. Suns did this very successfully earning themselves 44 points in the paint, 28 fast break points and 32 free throw opportunities. Unfortunately they missed 9 of those. They also got good looks from distance, connecting on 11 of 16 shots.
Suns never stopped hustling and only turned the ball over 9 times. No Suns player played more than 31 minutes against the Pacers. Plumlee played 30 minutes and put up 11 points and 7 rebounds; compared to last season with the Pacers where he played 55 minutes total. Green put up 23 points and 6 rebound and had some very flashy dunks in the process. Roy Hibbert was neutralized due to the Suns fast pace. He was limited to only 6 points and fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Pacers completely emptied their bench with about 6 minutes left in the game.
The Suns were up by 20 points in the fourth quarter with about 7 minutes left and half the fans left. I understand that it was a late game but hope that this changes in the future. They are playing hard every night and are up by 20 to the best team in the league. What more do you want?! It was an amazing game…stay and finish it. The Suns will once again play the Pacers on January 30th, but they won’t have their home court to their advantage. On Friday, they will face Gortat and the Wizards. I expect Plumlee to have another great game.

John Richard, senior staff writer 

3 comments:

  1. another awesome write by John Richard. He pegged this game digitally.
    Kudos to the Suns and Mr Richard. Chastizing the fans was awesome.

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  2. Great write-up, and great game. Go Suns!!

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  3. Still enjoying that victory, two days later! Great season! SL in LR

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