The Phoenix Suns seemed to be trailing off at the exact time that they couldn’t do that, down the home stretch of the 2013-14 NBA regular season with their playoff-spot hanging in the balance. However, on Wednesday night they picked up 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards to give them five consecutive victories and put themselves in the eighth seed out West.
While this Suns team isn’t as good as they have been this season without the contributions of role players like Gerald Green and Markieff Morris, there’s no denying where the pulse of this team lies. The backcourt duo of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic is the catalyst for the success that Phoenix has enjoyed this season.
Early in the year, Bledsoe came out of the gate looking like an MVP candidate while Dragic also performed well. However, when Bledsoe went out with a knee injury, Dragic raised his performance to MVP-type heights. With the duo now fully in-tact once again and Bledsoe getting back in-rhythm, both guards are absolutely tearing it up.
Against the Wizards on Wednesday, Bledsoe and Dragic combined for 48 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds while shooting a combined 19-35 from the floor and 6-9 from long-distance. Seemingly every pivotal moment for the Suns involved one of their two guards coming up big, which really shouldn’t be a surprise at this point.
In actuality and with all due respect to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Bledsoe and Dragic are the best backcourt duo in the Association right now. There’s no other duo in the league that provides the versatility, leadership, and play-making ability that Bledsoe and Dragic do for this Suns team consistently. Wednesday night was just another example of their prowess, but if I’m drafting a team in a must-win game and have to select a current backcourt pair, Bledsoe and Dragic are the two I’m getting to suit up.