Terry Porter said he wanted to get Steve Nash some rest this season. I don’t think a suspension was what he had in mind. With Leandro Barbosa heading to Brazil to be with his family after the passing of his mother, the last thing the Suns needed was to lose another two players – let alone two of their starters.
But at the end of the day, the Nash/Barnes suspension may end up being a good thing. The two rookie point guards for the Suns, Goran Dragic and Sean Singletary, played a combined 53 minutes and scored a combined 10 points. Both of the guys kept their composure in a somewhat pressured situation and they helped Phoenix to a win in Sacramento. Considering the next three opponents for the team, this win against an also-depleted Kings team will hopefully get them on the right track – even if it did take an extra 5 minutes of overtime to get the job done.
Now to the numbers:
- Amar’e Stoudemire scored half of his 12 points in overtime. He only shot 4-11 from the field and 4-8 from the free throw line. But he made the shot that put the Suns on top for the last time in the game.
- Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill – the two old guys on the floor on Friday night – combined for 88 minutes, 51 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists.
- Phoenix had been averaging 108 points in their wins during the season. Even with overtime, the Suns didn’t break 100 in a win for the first time under Terry Porter.
- The Suns are 1-0 in overtime games this season
Overall, this win wasn’t pretty but it still counts as +1 in the W column. And to do it without not only Leandro Barbosa and Matt Barnes – let alone Steve Nash – has got to feel pretty good to the Suns players and coaches as well as the Suns fans. It’s something Phoenix may not have handled very well in the past seasons but they did it this season and that’s the thing that matters most.
What were your thoughts on the game?