The NBA Championship is not won with just one win.
I knew what I wanted to talk about before the game even started this evening. If the Suns had lost, my first sentence would have been “The sky is not falling with just one loss.” Coach Porter, the Suns front office and the players have all said that this team is a work in progress. The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili in this game. And now that Coach Porter’s new schemes are out “in the wild,” opponents will find ways to stop the team’s set plays.
But these guys are professionals. They’re pretty dang good players even if they are getting old. Age just means they all have more experience against savvy defenses.
Are the Suns going to lose some games this season? Of course they are. At some point during the season, they’ll probably go on a losing streak. But the goal during the regular season is to come together as a team and peak at the right time so they can go into the playoffs at the top of their game. If that means the guys in purple (or orange depending on the game) have to go through some losing streaks during the season while they are working things out, then so be it.
But enough of my commentary. While it’s impossible to come up with any trends after just one game, here are some interesting numbers I found after watch the game and scouring the box score:
- The Spurs had two players score more than 30 points. The next highest scorer on their team had 12 points. Their bench scored 24 points.
- The Suns had 5 players who scored 13 points or more. Their bench scored 42 points. This bodes well for the future if they can keep it up because most likely the Suns’ bench will be deeper than most of their opponents’ benches.
- The Suns shot 70.4% from the free throw line. Shaq helped by shooting five for eight.
- The Suns rookies seemed a little overwhelmed in their first regular season game. Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic combined for 23 minutes, 1-3 shooting, 3 rebounds, 5 fouls and 3 points.
- The Suns cut down drastically on their turnovers from the pre-season. They had 10 turnovers which the Spurs translated into two points. On the other hand, the Spurs had seven turnovers but the Suns converted those into 13 points.
Overall, I was excited about the win but I’m trying to hold my excitement in. We have 81 games left and the road doesn’t get any easier as they come home to face the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night. If you watched the team on TV on Wednesday and want to see the guys in person, you can still purchase tickets at Suns.com.
What did you think of the game?