NBA: The Phoenix Suns Quick Start
We all know it is very early in the Suns season, but at some point, if the winning continues, we will no longer be surprised with the way they are winning and their winning ways will become an expectation. But for now the Phoenix Suns and their fans should simply enjoy the way they have started this season, after improving their record to 5-2, following another hard-fought and earned victory on Sunday night over the New Orleans Pelicans. At 5-2 the Suns are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.
Rookie Coach, Jeff Hornacek, is the first Suns coach to win his first 4 games at home. He also has the Suns playing good defense; and we know that defense at the NBA level starts with effort and buying into the team’s system. This Suns teams is certainly doing that, as they are only giving up 96 points a game. That is in the top 10 of the league.
When the season started for the Suns their starting 5 would not have started for most teams in the league. The Suns best returning player, Goran Dragic, would not have been a starter on more than half the league’s teams. The additional four starters, Eric Bledsoe, Channing Frye, P. J. Tucker and Miles Plumlee, never started full time for any NBA team before this season; but this collection of players as well as the rest of the roster is doing it with determination on both ends of the floor with timely shooting, production off the bench and the excellent defense.
Their offensive system is showing the opposing teams that it is difficult to defend, especially at the end of the game when they are making big-time shots to extend a lead or tie up the game. The Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic backcourt so far has worked well for the offense and Markieff Morris, who was named NBA player of the week last week, is improving every game. Miles Plumlee, whether he is on offense or defense, has found a way to contribute. On defense, he not only blocks shots, but also alters them and he has shown he has great inside moves to score and get offensive rebounds.
Can we agree the coaching staff did not read the NBA writers’ predictions (or mine) on the 2013-14 Suns and apparently, neither did their players? A week into the season, the surprising Suns are making the writers, and their fans, take notice.
This Suns team is playing better than expected and winning, so let’s hopes that the trend continues; as this will avoid them dropping into the West cellar; and hopefully their style of play keeps the Suns fans from losing interest in them as well.
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