Suns bounce back, beat Clippers 118-104

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This was a strange game.  The Clippers were missing starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick due to injury.  Despite missing these starters, the game was close for most of the first half.

Blake Griffin was ejected for two technical fouls.  I’m not quite sure why exactly Griffin was given these technicals.  He must have just said the wrong thing to the refs, but there weren’t really any obvious events that would call for a technical foul to be called.  The Suns were happy to capitalize on Griffin’s absence.

The Clippers weren’t the only team with injuries.  Markieff Morris suffered a knee sprain in the first half.  He tried to return to the game in the second half, but he was unable to.  Ronnie Price also suffered a concussion.

Phoenix’s backcourt was strong as usual.  Brandon Knight had 37 points, two rebounds, and four assists.  Eric Bledsoe finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.  He was so close to a triple-double, but he’ll get plenty of other chances to get one.  Knight was hot all night long.  He was 6/10 from three point range.  This outing tied Knight’s career high for points.  Hopefully he is fueled by that fact and tries to break his record next time out.

There are two stats that really stand out for each team.  For the Clippers it was poor free throw shooting.  They were 15/28 from the charity stripe.  The Suns were able to successfully employ the hack-a-Jordan tactic early on.  For Phoenix the lingering problem is turnovers.  They had 19.  The Suns are a team that loves to run and score fast break points, but they often try to force the fast break and get out of control.

Okay now it’s time for my usual segment “Which Suns Shone the Brightest?”

  • Brandon Knight – Knight looked like a real leader out there.  He capitalized on the injured Clippers.  It seemed like he couldn’t miss.  Get used to seeing this guy on these lists.  He is looking like he is comfortable.  He’s returning to his previous all-star form and Suns fans should be pumped.
  • Eric Bledsoe – Another great game for the other piece of the backcourt.  Bledsoe’s decision making is getting better.  The better it gets, the less turnovers he has.  He’s working very well with Knight.  They are becoming a duo to be reckoned with.
  • T.J. Warren – The Suns’ bench needs someone to step up.  I think that Warren is that guy.  In this game he had 18 points and he added a rebound and a block to that stat line.  I think that Suns fans can get ready to see Warren get some more minutes.

In their next game, the Suns will face the Nuggets in Denver starting at 7:00 pm MST.  The game will be broadcasted on NBATV.

Mitch Krmpotich

Gonzaga University class of 2016. I'm a longtime college basketball writer and a big NBA fan. I'm also a die hard Broncos, Avalanche, Zags, and Suns fan.

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