Kings’ bigs beat up Suns
The Phoenix Suns struggled tonight in their road trip to Sacramento and fell to the Kings, 116-94. The Sacramento big men were too much for the Suns to handle, which was partially due to the absence of Tyson Chandler. Chandler continues to sit out with back problems, and Brandon Knight also missed tonight with a stomach bug. It might be worth noting that Ronnie Price also had some stomach issues, and Jon Leuer mysteriously sprinted back to the locker room in the first quarter.
Rather than taking the opportunity to make some bathroom jokes in relation to the Suns’ season, let’s get back to the game at hand. The Kings’ big men were dominant throughout the game to keep this game out of reach for the struggling Suns. DeMarcus Cousins did the majority of his damage in the first half, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the double-double. Willie Cauley-Stein had the night of his career while Cousins sat on the bench, and ended up scoring a career-high 26 points. Both Cousins and Cauley-Stein were the beneficiaries of numerous Rajon Rondo alley-oops, who ended with an impressive 12 assists on the night.
The Suns ended the first quarter with a two point lead, but it was all downhill from there. They only made it to the free throw line four times in the first half, while the Kings made a living there – shooting 19-25 from the line in the half. Devin Booker was the leading scorer for the Suns tonight, but had a tough time taking care of the ball, ending the game with nine turnovers. With the absence of Knight, Booker was once again put into the position to do the majority of the ball handling, and the Kings pressured him all night. Booker ended with 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Leuer and Alex Len had troubles staying on the court tonight due to foul troubles, which speaks to Sacramento’s big men dominating the paint.
Hopefully the Suns get a full, healthy roster for the second half of a back-to-back, as the Celtics come to Phoenix tomorrow night. Tip-off is set for 7:00 MST.