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(Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images)

I’m looking at the box score of the Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks game from Thursday night and most things actually look pretty good.  There are only a few categories that concern me.

  • Total Rebounds – The Suns lost the rebounding battle again on Thursday, giving up 13 more rebounds than they were able to get themselves.
  • Field Goal Percentage – The Suns had been shooting better than 50% until the past two games.  On Thursday, they shot under 45%.  Only Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Boris Diaw shot over 50% from the field.  The rest of the team shot a combined 31%.
  • Final Score – The most important number, the final score, was also detrimental to Phoenix.  Of course, that’s bound to happen when you give up more rebounds than you get and you shoot under 45% while allowing over 51%.

Stoudemire scored 28 points on 11-21 shooting while grabbing only 5 rebounds.  Nash scored 20 points on 7-11 shooting and was able to get 10 assists despite the poor shooting.  Unfortunately, the good box score numbers by those two players was completely washed about by Dirk Nowitzki’s 39 points and 9 rebounds.

The Suns are now 25% of the way through their season and after Saturday’s game, I should have enough data to be able to talk about what the number trends are showing and what Phoenix needs to do to win.  I’m sure it’s fairly obvious to those watching what the team needs to do on the court but it will be nice to back that up with some numbers.  

Is there anything you’ve seen that you would like me to research?  Last year, it was suggested that I try looking at percentage of total rebounds compared to wins and losses and it showed that when the Suns were able to get 52% of the total rebounds during the game, they won about 90% of the time.  If there is anything you’ve seen while watching games or looking at box scores but don’t have the time to research the total numbers, e-mail it to blog@suns.com and I’ll see what I can find.

Here’s hoping the Suns can turn around their home court fortunes on Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.