Phoenix Suns' indifferent start to the NBA season

By David Charnley
Luis Scola Phoenix Suns
Mark Rebilas-US Presswire


Despite playing one of the fastest games in the NBA at the moment the Phoenix Suns are struggling to get points on the board.

The Suns are ranked 23rd in the NBA shooting charts and other teams are taking advantage of the fact that they have not been scoring their extra shots. The current stats are not pretty to read, 42.3% from the field and 30.3% from behind the arc. The team are in 16th place in the averaging points scored per game which is currently at 96.4.

Forward, Jared Dudley has slowly been improving this season scored a season high of 16 points in the defeat against Utah Jazz said,

“You’ve got to move the ball.

“The only way to beat teams with size and athleticism is to move it. That’s going to be our team all season if we lose. We have to have a little bit more of a chip on our shoulder for our team, with the lack of talent.”

The Suns have made a somewhat indifferent start to the season, finding consistency is the key for Alvin Gentry if he is to manage a roster that is going to perform above the odds and define expectations and make a playoff push.

Overall the ‘New Era of Suns Basketball’ should be claiming plaudits for their start to the season, 3-4. Big boosts have been the form of Shannon Brown, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat and the fact that the likes of Wesley Johnson, Diante Garrett, Kendal Marshall and Luke Zeller are only going to play better basketball.

Another pattern that that is arising in Phoenix is a somewhat ability to come back in games. During their encounter with the Cleveland Cavaliers they recorded a victory after coming back from a 26 point turn around, the third largest in the franchise’s history.

Gortat is leading the Suns to acclaim the honor of being the league’s top shot-blockers, they managed 12 steals during Saturday’s remarkable win and when their defense level intensifies they can find it easy to create transition baskets. However it has not all been fun and games in Arizona.

The Suns have seen the third most amount of points going against them (103.4), they were out-scored by 32 in the final quarter against Orlando and nearly saw a 16 point lead disappear against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gentry is still searching for a starting five that provides the best options for him.

“I’ve got to play the line-ups that give us the best chance to win,” Gentry said.

“If it’s a small line-up, then so be it. I’ve got to have guys who are going to guard, have energy on the floor and play with intensity.”

Next up for the Suns is a game against the Denver Nugget’s who have also made a start that they are looking to improve on and our 4-3.

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