Phoenix Suns Week in Review February 1-14

Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) takes a shot under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward Gerald Green in the first half at the US Airways Center. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Week in Review February 1-14

While it’s not really a Phoenix Suns week in review because we’re covering only five games, because it took two whole weeks to complete those games going into the All-Star break, I thought we’d see what the Suns are up to lately.

Right out of the chute in February the Suns had a good, complete game as they beat the Charlotte Bobcats by ten points. Phoenix came out with the victory because they were able to limit Al Jefferson’s impact, and as the Cats were without Kemba Walker, they couldn’t overcome Goran Dragic and the Suns who had tied their season-high of five consecutive wins with that game.

Then surprisingly after three days off, the Suns proceeded to drop two straight games to the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets.

The Suns just really don’t match up well with the Bulls (similarly against the Grizzlies). The Bulls were coming off an embarrassing game to the Kings, so they were going to bring it. Phoenix couldn’t afford to let D.J. Augustin, Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer all score at least 18 points.

The following night, the Suns just didn’t have enough to beat the Rockets.

Dwight Howard had a dominant game, finishing with 34 points, 14 rebounds and a few steals and blocks. That’ll get it done.

Fortunately, a few days later, the Suns were able to host the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix won convincingly behind Goran “The Dragon” Dragic’s career-high 34 points, on only 13 shots, which is crazy efficient. I mean he only missed 5 shots all game (2 from inside the arc, 1 from deep and a couple free throws). Probably the biggest reason Phoenix won was that Golden State was missing two starting frontcourt players in David Lee and Andrew Bogut.

The last game before the All-Star break was against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. The Suns played a valiant game, but came up five points short. LeBron was a dominant force, scoring 37 points and grabbing nine boards. Phoenix just couldn’t stop him.

Apparently, somebody from Miami’s side (A writer or a fan on Twitter) made the comment similar to “Well, the Heat beat the surprising Suns without Wade,” like it was big feat. To them I’d say, the Suns didn’t have their second-best player (Bledsoe) either. The Heat have a top-5 player all time potentially in LeBron, plus nine-time All-Star Chris Bosh, as well as All-Star and best three-point shooter of all time in Ray Allen. The Suns don’t have any All-Stars. Miami’s also won back-to-back championships and they only won by five measly points. Give me a break.

The Suns now go into the All-Star break, able to recuperate and come out strong and focused in the “second half” for the stretch run.

 

Topics: Basketball, Goran Dragic, NBA, Phoenix Suns

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