The Phoenix Suns are a team that is on the rise with a rookie head coach in Jeff Hornacek. The Boston Celtics are a team in rebuilding mode as they too have a rookie head coach in Brad Stevens. Phoenix is competing for a Western Conference playoff spot. Boston is trying to develop some of its current young talent.
Whenever or not Rajon Rondo will be a part of the Celtics future is a whole other question. These are two franchises on different sides of the NBA spectrum.
Goran Dragic led the Suns to 100-94 victory over the Celtics despite a gritty effort from Boston. In what could be his last game as a member of the Celtic as rumors are swirling with the trade deadline approaching, Rondo led the team with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. However, he struggled with his shot, making just 7-of-22 from the field. He also missed a key shot late as the Celtics trailed by just three points with just a few seconds remaining.
Dragic has been the main focus for the Suns ever since Eric Bledsoe went down to an injury. He was once again the catalyst on Wednesday night. Dragic did a little bit of everything as he finished with 17 points, six dimes, four boards and even two blocks. As opposed to the Celtics bench, the Suns’ second unit came through in a big way led by the Morris brothers. Markieff Morris scored 18 points while Marcus Morris scored 11.
As the season enters the final two months, the Suns will hope to get Bledsoe back as they fight for playoff contention. As for Boston, the rest of the season is much more up in the air at the moment. The Celtics’ outlook for the future will be much clearer come tomorrow night after GM Danny Ainge makes a decision on what to do with his star point guard.