Sometimes bad losses just happen.
This was one of those games. It wasn’t a blowout and it wasn’t losing on a buzzer-beater, that can be so heartbreaking for a team. It was the second-night of a back to back at home against the league’s worst team. Phoenix was at full strength and the Suns still lost 112-104.
The Suns didn’t just lose, they sort of just slowly faded into obscurity. When the game was coming to an end, and Phoenix finally woke up and tried to come back… it was far too late.
Dave King of Bright Side of the Sun said it well after the game on Twitter when he said,
@Suns D is getting worse and worse. Falling in love with the 3, thinking they can overcome anything offensively. Can’t.
— Dave King (@DaveKing_BSotS) December 1, 2013
Phoenix is a young team, but that’s a bad excuse because so is the Jazz… but it was the second half of a back to back… same was true for Utah. This loss was inexcusable and unacceptable.
The Suns continued to let the Jazz stay in the game. If Phoenix had been able to get up by double-digits for a few minutes the Jazz might have lost heart, since they were on the road. Instead, the Suns weren’t aggressive and with the game on the line, they got complacent with their lazy shot selection, and couldn’t sustain any runs. They couldn’t take the lead.
Goran Dragic led the Suns with 24 points and nine assists, one of which was a flashy bounce-pass underneath the defender’s legs right for a Markieff Morris dunk. Frye finished with 17 points, Gerald Green had 14, while Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker added 13 in the loss.
While Phoenix committed 13 turnovers, which isn’t horrendous, they also only had 13 fast break points, which is far too low.
For the Jazz, Trey Burke bounced back from a bad game with 20 points, while Richard Jefferson had a throwback game with 15 points. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors each scored 14, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks added 13, while Jeremy Evans finished with 12 points in the victory. Their offense was spread around.
Phoenix just couldn’t stop one of the worst offenses in the league, and that’s embarrassing.
The Jazz shot over fifty percent from the field and an unacceptable fifty percent from behind the three-point arc.
While it has some highlights, this game was overall disappointing. The Suns should not have lost this game.
They need to completely forget this loss, tweak a couple things and come back with a vengeance in the next game Friday in Memphis against the Grizzlies.