Phoenix Suns Opinion: Weekly Writers Roundup February 13 Edition
Well, it’s the All-Star break and we take a look at how the Suns couldn’t quite beat the Heat, and what the Suns should do at the February 20th trade deadline.
Let’s get to it!
1. What was the one thing the Suns did wrong to lose to the Heat?
The Suns continue to struggle in the fourth quarter of games. They were outscored in the paint, scoring only 30 points to the Heat’s 46. This is the Miami Heat, a team that used Chris Bosh as their main inside presence. You can’t lose the points in the paint battle to a team who uses Chris Bosh as their center. That’s sad, when we arguably have better inside players like Plumlee and the Morris twins.
They struggled to defend the paint. They were outrebounded by the worst rebounding team in the league, and were outscored in the paint by a significant margin. The Heat proved to be too talented a team to not capitalize on the easy points. Also, the Heat made 22 free throws. The Suns gave them too many chances at the line.
To me, I agree the problems in the paint are really the issue for Phoenix, but think the problem lies elsewhere. The Suns guards need to improve their lateral quickness to stay in front of their man. Those easy, quick layups are brutal to a team’s psyche and cause them to falter. The Suns need to shore up their defense. It’s not horrible, just not elite. For a team with a fast pace who scores a lot (6th in PPG), you wouldn’t expect their defense to be top-10, but 23rd overall, get it together.