Seven Celtics score in double figures in win over Suns
The Boston Celtics dominated the Phoenix Suns like most people expected. The final score of the game was 117-103, which was pretty close to the score I predicted on our most recent podcast.
I also mentioned that I would be watching for former Gonzaga star, Kelly Olynyk. He had a great game for the Celtics putting up a team high 21 points, nine rebounds, an assist, three steals, and a block. He also went 4-6 from three point range and created a nice little 9-0 run for himself after coming off the bench. His game is maturing nicely.
The obvious player to watch was Isaiah Thomas. He finished the game with 19 points and five assists. His impact was not felt as strongly until the second half. It did not seem like there was much bad blood between Thomas and the Suns.
Marcus Smart had a very nice game with a triple-double off the bench. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is developing into a solid point guard.
Phoenix was in trouble from the start as Devin “the Librarian” Booker had two fouls in the first two minutes of the game. He finished the game with nine points and five rebounds.
It was recently announced that Ronnie Price will have surgery on his toe and he will be sidelined from three weeks. This game Archie Goodwin and Sonny Weems more minutes. Weems had 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Goodwin did not play as well, finishing with two points on 1-8 shooting.
Which Suns Shone the Brightest?
1. Mirza Teletovic – Teletovic had a great game with a game high 22 points along with two rebounds and a steal. He shot 4-7 from three point range and continues to be very solid for the Suns. He’s a guy who I really enjoy watching. He is working hard despite a lackluster season and his effort is extremely valuable.
2. T.J. Warren – Warren did not have a stellar night, but he had a night that will hopefully get him back on track. He finished with 13 points on 5-9 shooting along with three rebounds and an assist. He has been cold from the field lately and this game could be the jump start that he desperately needs.
The Suns will head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Sunday, January 17 at 1:30 pm local time.