On Sunday night, the Phoenix Suns took down the New Orleans Pelicans 101-94 behind big games from Markieff Morris and Eric Bledsoe. Morris came off the bench to hit nine of 12 from the field for 23 points, adding five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Bledsoe sunk seven of 11 shots for 24 points and added six assists.
Phoenix has now defended home court every time out, going 4-0 in U.S. Airways Center this season. The win brought their record to 5-2, good for third place in the Western Conference. After the 2012-13 season that saw the Suns finish in the cellar of the conference with a record of 25-57, one has to wonder if Phoenix is the real deal.
Though it’s still early, the Suns do look legit and ready to make a run for the playoffs. Their only two losses this season were away games against the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, and both contests went down to the wire. On paper, the Suns don’t look like much, but you can’t argue with results or the way their young guys have been playing.
If Morris and Bledsoe can keep their breakout seasons going, Phoenix can definitely ride them into a big turnaround. They may not have a lot of star power, but that doesn’t matter ─ star power doesn’t add anything to the scoreboard. Coach Jeff Hornacek has managed his team brilliantly thus far in the young season, and there is no good reason to believe that their surprising start will slow down.