This was not a well played NBA game, to be expected from a couple of Western Conference bottom feeders, with each missing their best players. Still, the Suns showed as the better team than this shorthanded Pelicans squad, by far.
The usual suspects of Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic delivered for the Suns with 16 and 22 points, respectively, and Archie Goodwin tallied 24. New Orleans was led by James Ennis' 18 and Toney Douglas' 23.
Between two fairly evenly matched teams (and, by that, I mean bad and injured), the Suns won this one and it wasn't even much of a contest. An 8 point halftime lead ballooned to as big as 28 in the second half, and the Pelicans roster of "who's that guy?"s never posed a real threat.
Let's be real here: The Pellies beat the Lakers last night behind a stellar performance from Alexis Ajinca. As a team, they shot only 41% from the field tonight, and surrendered 121 points. Even on the road, they're an easy opponent to defeat.
Yet still, you play who's on the schedule and compete, which is what the Suns did. Teletovic continues to shine, playing for his next contract (which I hope is with the Suns), Booker has burst through any rookie wall, and Alex Len posted a double-double. Regardless of opponent, several Suns players represented well tonight.
If you're fretting about draft position, look at it this way: The Suns selected Alex Len at #5 in the 2013 draft. GM Ryan McDonough claims Len was #1 on the Suns draft board in a weak draft which didn't include any sure future stars. If it should happen that these late season wins cost the Suns a spot or two in the draft, it only matters if the team or two drafting ahead of them are going for the same player. That's not a given in a draft such as this one.
Let's not worry about such things. McDonough is a draft hot shot, right? He's going to select a good player, whether it's at 1 or 3 or 5. Enjoy the precious, few wins in this disastrous season.