Steph Curry is pretty good. Suns fall to Warriors 135-116
The Suns played solid basketball tonight but were outclassed by the Golden State Warriors, falling 135-116 tonight in Phoenix. The Suns shot the ball well from the field and forced 24 Golden State turnovers while only turning the ball over 14 times themselves, but the Suns were down by double digits for the majority of the game.
T.J. Warren had a career night filling up the stat sheet with 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined for 42 points and 12 assists, doing all they could to keep up with the dynamic Splash Brothers. Speaking of the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry stole the show tonight scoring 41 points, hitting 9/16 from three point land. Two-time ex-Sun Leandro Barbosa kept the pressure on while Curry was on the bench, scoring 21 and hitting all five of his three point attempts.
The Warriors got off to a quick 8-0 lead to start the game, and kept that advantage throughout the whole game. Rim-protector Tyson Chandler started tonight despite feeling under the weather, but unfortunately strained his hamstring just four minutes into the game, causing Coach Jeff Hornacek to turn to his bench early. Curry and Klay Thompson had strong shooting first quarters, outscoring the Suns by themselves 29-27. The quarter ended with the Suns trailing by 18, 44-27.
The Suns did make a few runs throughout the game, primarily while Curry was on the bench. After getting blown out in the first quarter, Phoenix did a good job of keeping the game respectable; only being outscored by two points in the last three quarters.
The Suns need to improve their defense if they hope to contend for a playoff spot this season. Defensive rotations seem to be a thorn in Phoenix’s side this year, letting the guards get too deep in the paint and allowing open passing lanes for passes out. Golden State did an excellent job of crisply moving the ball around to the open shooter which was very evident tonight as they shot almost 58% from the field. Without Chandler clogging up the lane and deterring ball handlers from driving, the Suns looked outmatched tonight.
Bledsoe and Warren play well together. Warren’s big game was definitely tonight’s bright spot, with a few of his buckets coming off Bledsoe assists. Warren is one of the best cutters in the league and Bledsoe has been doing an excellent job finding him on those cuts. He has also been improving his outside game which really goes hand-in-hand with Bledsoe’s ability to drive and dish. Suns fans should look forward to seeing these two sharing the court for many years to come.
The Suns close out the month of November in Toronto where they will face the Raptors on Sunday the 29th at 4:00 pm MST.