The Phoenix Suns met up with the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night in a matchup of two surprisingly average NBA teams. However, the Suns, who have shattered all poor expectations that were placed upon them coming into the year, were without their new, young, dynamic point guard, Eric Bledsoe do to a leg injury. Bledsoe’s absence didn’t stop the Suns from rolling, though.
A balanced attack was evident with the Suns against Charlotte on Friday night as five of the nine players who saw the floor scored in double figures, while seven of the nine players to touch the floor notched eight points or more. The individual performance that most stood out in this game, though, was the work of Channing Frye.
Frye, who missed all of last season due to an enlarged heart, has shown quite a bit of rust to start the year. Coming into Friday night, he was averaging just 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting just 36.1 percent from the floor and only 28.9 percent from three. Those percentages were nowhere to be found against Charlotte, though.
In 28 minutes on the floor, Frye put up 20 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals while hitting six of his 10 field goal attempts and knocking down five of his seven attempts from long-range. In actuality, this is just another game in what seems to be a hot-streak coming on for Frye.
In his last four games, Frye has been really solid in three of them. In those three games, Frye put up double figures in all of them and, more importantly, was much more efficient than he has been for the rest of the season and has been affecting the game in more areas as well. He’s looked more like the stretch four that the Suns were hoping he could be.
Though it could just be an anomaly and the fact that they haven’t played any real defensive juggernauts as of late, Frye getting hot is a good sign for Phoenix. As a team that has found themselves in a ton of close games in the early going of this season, having another weapon offensively, as well as another player that can make plays in other ways, is huge for the Suns. If Frye can continue a solid level of production in this sort of manner for the rest of the season, Phoenix could continue to be a fringe-playoff team even as the season progresses.