The Utah Jazz took a big early lead and the Suns never seriously challenged in losing 98-89. A terrible offensive performance did the Suns in tonight, as they shot only 38% from the field. Utah was led by Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood, who scored 22 and 25, respectively.
Young player watch: Goodwin continues to gain confidence. I've been critical of him, and his performance through his first few seasons has warranted the criticism, but a bright spot to the injuries to Bledsoe and Knight has been the opportunity for Goodwin to play through his growing pains (which are very real) and learn what it takes to be an NBA contributor.
Devin Booker struggled with a 6-14 night, and 5 personal fouls, though he did lead the Suns with 18 points and spearheaded an attempted late game push. The young rook shows lots of promise, but still has plenty of room for growth, and will have nights like tonight. He made a few shots late, after it had been decided, but had a rough game overall.
Alex Len was a non-factor, and looked clumsy at times. In a moment of pessimism, I contemplated nicknaming him Alex "Big Jake" Len, but that might be a bit harsh.
The veteran Mirza Teletovic caught fire in the second half, and ended up with 15 points in 20 minutes. I'm a big Teletovic fan, for his game and life story, and the way his life story influences his fearless play. He's been all the Suns could have hoped for, and I wish the team he's playing on was better. He deserves to play on a winner, and maybe a deadline trade will give him that opportunity.
This was an ugly game. The Suns are outmanned, and more interested in seeing what the youngsters can do than in actually winning. Goodwin and Booker showed some flashes, which is all we can ask for at this point.