Marcin Gortat Gives Some Light to Phoenix Suns' Dismal Season

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody gave the Phoenix Suns a chance against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Rightfully so, considering the Spurs have the NBA West Conference’s best record at 45-13 and the Suns have the worst. The Spurs won 97-87 and did it without superstar Tony Parker.

But the Suns, who have been struggling to find heroes all season, found one this time with Marcin Gortat.

Unfortunately, that was offset by Goran Dragic‘s unusually poor performance. Dragic had been playing well offensively, but was 3-of-10 from the floor for only 10 points.

That said, in the case of the Suns, they have to enjoy every upbeat moment that’s out there. Gortat saw 40 minutes of action, and was outstanding with 10-of-15 shooting from the floor for 21 points and 12 rebounds.

If  he could keep it up and a few of his teammates could get into the action, maybe the Suns could get close to 30 wins. Gortat had been averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and he’s shooting 52.7 percent from the floor. In what’s been a miserable season for the Suns, Gortat has been a bright spot since his averages are generally up from his career marks of 8.6 points and 5.0 boards a game.

One of his best games was a recent 6-of-8 from the floor and 12 points plus five boards in a Suns 102-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. For the Suns to have more success, though, his numbers are going to have to be consistently at that level going forward.

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