Miss the game? Surprised to hear that the Phoenix Suns won on the road in thrilling fashion, capped by a clutch Devin Booker three-pointer with less than three minutes left to take the lead?
Watch the highlights now, and tell all your friends you saw it happen!
While Devin Booker did his Booker thing, scoring 26 points including the final seven Suns points to take the lead and win the game, the guy that found a way to surprise me is Eric Bledsoe, who put up another under-the-radar line of 23 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
(Unfortunately, none of the youtube regulars have made a highlight reel of Bledsoe’s game last night yet)
Many Suns fans believe that all the growth comes from the youngest players, and we forget about the anchor of the whole team.
During this 5-6 stretch, where the Suns have beaten the Raptors and Spurs and had a late lead against the Jazz and Cavaliers, it’s Eric Bledsoe who has been running the team better than I’ve ever seen.
His 8.1 assists per game during that stretch is good for 8th in the NBA among all playmakers, regardless of position, from John Wall to Draymond Green.
Among the 8 players, he is 3rd in scoring, 4th in rebounding and has the 4th fewest turnovers per game.
Just looking at monthly splits throughout his career, Bledsoe’s 7.9 assists per game in January 2017 are a career-high for him in any calendar month by nearly a full assist (he averaged 7.1 assists in 7 April games in 2015).
Watching those highlights above will give you some indication that Bledsoe is setting up teammates and defense better than ever.
You might also Bledsoe’s block of Derrick Rose in the final seconds to preserve the Suns lead.
Maybe 27 year olds can still get better.