If the Suns’ version of Dr. Jekyll played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night, their re-enactment of Mr. Hyde showed up on Monday against the Philadelphia 76er’s. Whether it was the fact that they played the night before, that the team was ready to get back to a home that is preparing for the All-Star game or that the Sixers really wanted this win, the Suns just couldn’t get a handle on the game.
If each quarter is a game unto itself, Phoenix lost all four of those mini-games. They lost the competitions of shooting percentage, turnovers, blocks, steals, assists and rebounds. After a much better performance on Sunday night in the turnover category, the Suns slipped back into a turnover-riddled game where they gave up the ball 18 times which the Sixers translated into 25 points. While they had six players in double-figures on Sunday night, Phoenix only had two players – Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson – score in double-figures on Monday.
If there is any good news, it’s that Phoenix only has one more game until the All-Star break. Hopefully a long weekend for most of the Suns players will help them re-focus on winning and gelling together as a team. They have certainly shown glimpses of greatness during the first half of the season. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to keep those signs of greatness for more than a game before they were gone again. Hopefully, the chance to play LeBron James in his home will encourage the Dr. Jekyll version of the Suns team to show up and we will see a good game on Wednesday night.
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