Suns revert back to their old ways, lose to Sixers again

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The Phoenix Suns decided that one win was good enough and that they should start losing again.  They lost to the Philadelphia 113-103.

Ish Smith continues to be a thorn in the Suns’ side.  He finished the game with 20 points and nine rebounds.  He is an NBA journeyman that plays with a chip on his shoulder every game.  These qualities are always emphasized when he plays the Suns.

Robert Covington also had a good game with 19 points, five rebounds, and an assist.  Nerlens Noel played well too.  He was able to get the majority of minutes at center since Jahlil Okafor was out.  Noel finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, an assist, three steals, and three blocks.  He was excellent on defense and made the Suns uncomfortable around the rim.

The Suns defense continues to be horrible.  Six 76ers were in double figures, which is usually what happens when the Suns lose.  Turnovers were also a huge problem.  Phoenix had 17 turnovers as opposed to Philly’s 11.  Even with Brandon Knight out, the Suns continue to find creative ways to turn the ball over.

Tyson Chandler ended his streak of games with at least 20 rebounds.  He only had five boards along with five points.  Devin Booker also had some struggles of his own.  He had 12 points on 5-15 shooting, but he made up for his shooting struggles with seven assists.

Which Suns Shone the Brightest?

1. Archie Goodwin – Goodwin is having a great stretch of games.  He finished tonight with 26 points on 11-15 shooting along with six rebounds, six assists, and two steals.  He had four turnovers, which is less than desirable, but overall he is still doing a great job of filling in for an injured Brandon Knight.

2. Alex Len – Len had 16 points, 12 rebounds, a steal, and two blocks for his fifth double-double of the season.  He was making 14-footers from the elbow with ease and that gave him the ability to drive to the rim.  It’s nice to see him continue to fight hard for loose balls even with an injured hand.  He is starting to find his place in the NBA.

The Suns will make a quick trip to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, tomorrow Wednesday, January 27 at 5:00 pm MST.

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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