The team led by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge were carrying an 11-game winning streak and had the honor of being the only team that had defeated the Spurs prior to Wednesday night. However, their streak suddenly stopped as they couldn’t defeat the surprising Phoenix Suns.
The Suns have been a revelation so far to start the season. A team that traded all of their veterans and that features virtually no future assets in this year’s roster aside from Eric Bledsoe has managed to start the year with an 8-7 record. While some regression is expected, they don’t seem likely to stop anytime soon as they have been playing some solid basketball in recent weeks. They clearly have nothing to lose and it’s noticeable that their young guys have been stepping it up so far.
As for the Blazers, the streak had to end sometime, but I’m sure they didn’t see this one coming. Portland was expected to win this game by a huge margin, but the Suns might have found the recipe to defeat the Blazers. Phoenix never ceased to attack and scored 120 points, including a 40-point second quarter and 30 in the last 12 minutes of action.
The Trail Blazers managed to have good shooting percentages from the field – 52 percent overall, 42 percent from three-point range – but they were simply outscored this time. And even though nobody likes to lose, Portland shouldn’t change their scheme going forward.
The Blazers already showed they can compete with the best of them this season, and they have to remain consistent to show their blistering start to the year was no fluke.