The team has played a total of 16 back-to-back series so far this season (not included the Memphis/San Antonio series starting tonight). The numbers for the first game of a back-to-back are impressive:

Record: 15-1
Points Scored: 113.7
Points Allowed: 103.2
Rebounds: 43.9

Not too shabby, right? I think any team would take a 94% winning percentage. But let’s take a moment to look at the second game of a back-to-back series:

Record: 8-8
Points Scored: 107.7
Points Allowed: 108.3
Rebounds: 39

It’s still a 50% winning percentage but I think the team expects better of themselves. With the 2nd of the back-to-back Wednesday against San Antonio (in San Antonio) it’s important for the Suns to get a big lead tonight so they can rest their players. The game against Memphis just got a little harder after it was announced that Shaq will sit out tonight’s game due to a hip bruise. But he should be back for the game against San Antonio.

My question to you: Why do you think the Suns do so poorly on the 2nd game of a back-to-back series? Is it just as simple as being tired? Do they feel good after a win the night before and let up on their intensity a bit? Are there other reasons you can think of? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.

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