For those people who may have wondered how the Phoenix Suns would react to their first East Coast road trip of the season, we now know the answer. The Suns demolished the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night with a final score of 114-86.
The team seemed to play a nearly perfect game last night. They shot 63.2% from the field, 66.7% from three-point land, out-rebounded the Nets by 5 (grabbing 53.3% of the total rebounds), nearly doubling up New Jersey on assists and more than doubling them in blocks. The starters averaged 26 minutes per player in the game after it was blown open late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
One thing the Suns could have done better in Tuesday’s game was keep better track of the ball. They had 20 turnovers compared to the Nets’ 15. But if there is a bright side to the turnovers, the Suns did not allow a point off of all of the turnovers.
And now with three wins under the Suns’ belt, it seems like we’re getting a better handle on what they will look like throughout the season. Obviously, the team is only four games into the season with three wins but here are how the numbers are trending so far.
- In Suns wins, the team scores an average of 108 points while allowing under 94 points from their opponents. So far, early in the season, Phoenix hasn’t slowed down as much as people may have thought. And when the team wins, they win by a large margin – an average of 14.67 points per game.
- Phoenix is shooting 55.9% in wins while allowing 43.1% shooting from their opponents. They’re shooting an impressive 47.3% from the three-point line.
There are obviously more trends than the two above but I’m going to give the Suns a few more games to get everything solidified before I start throwing out numbers. The team is 5% through the season and there is a lot of basketball to play yet. But I think Suns fans can be encouraged by the way the team has played so far in this young season.
What do you think about the game? Could the Suns have done anything better than what was mentioned above? Are you pleasantly surprised about the team being 3-1? Or is this about what you expected? Let me know in the comments below. (If you can’t see the comments below, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)