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Phoenix Phantasy Weekend: Suns vs. Hornets and Clippers

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P.J. Tucker loves the Clippers.

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Who Loves The Hornets?

A look at last season's numbers will tell you that Isaiah Thomas is trending in the right direction. In the Kings first game against Charlotte on December 17th, Thomas hoisted up 23 shots in a 21 point effort, his fourth most attempted field goals all of last season, and connected on just 8. When the teams met again on January 4th, IT again scored 21, though this time on 9 of 17 shooting. Thomas also doubled his assist total, from 4 to 8, in the second matchup.

Who Hates The Hornets?

They're not the favorite opponent of Gerald Green. The second game was unremarkable. Green tallied 5 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes of play. The first game was hypothermic. 5 of 15 from the field, 14 points, not good, but not head-turning bad. 0 of 8 from three, now you've got my attention. The frigid performance was Green's worst from behind the arc all of last season.

Who Loves The Clippers?

P.J. Tucker is fond of the Clippers. Last season Tucker logged double digit rebound totals in 15 games, 3 of those came against Los Angeles. On March 4th he also totaled 18 points, tied for his third highest output of the season, on 8 of 11 shooting.

Miles Plumlee was especially efficient last season against Los Angeles. In three games against the Clippers, Plumlee shot 15 of 22 from the field, averaging 10.6 points in 24 minutes. He ripped down 23 rebounds in total against LA, 8 on the offensive end, and committed just 3 turnovers across the 3 games.

Who Hates The Clippers?

Hate might be a strong word, but behind the arc the iron was certainly unkind to Goran Dragic. Collectively he shot 2 of 14 from three in four games against the Clippers. He also turned in one of his worst performances of the season against Los Angeles, a 2 of 11, 0 of 5, 15 point clunker on April 2nd.

Who Loves The Suns?

Me. You. Blake Griffin is a fan. Last season, Griffin's top shooting effort came against the Suns. On March 10th, Griffin connected on 14 of his 16 shots and scored 37 points in a 112-105 Clipper win. Griffin torched the Suns in under 32 minutes, one of just four games he fouled out of last season.

While with the Jazz, Marvin Williams put together a pair of nice games against the Suns last season. On November 29th in Phoenix, Williams led the Jazz with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting and did not commit a turnover in a 112-101 Suns win. A day later back in Utah, Williams hit 6 of 11 shots for 14 points and pulled down 6 boards in a 112-104 Jazz victory.

Who Hates The Suns?

Phoenix isn't a preferred foe for Al Jefferson. Charlotte's 6-foot-10 265 power forward averaged 10.8 rebounds per contest last year. In two games against the Suns, he pulled down just 6 in each game. Shooting in the second game didn't go well either. Jefferson shot 4 of 15 against Phoenix. His .267 shooting percentage was his second worst effort of the season.

I don't hate the Suns. You don't hate the Suns. Blake Griffin might hate the Suns. At least on the glass. Last season the four time All-Star, who averaged nearly 10 rebounds per game, failed to top more than 6 in four cracks against Phoenix. The Suns were the only Western Conference opponent that Griffin failed to log double-digit rebounding totals against last season.

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