The Phoenix Suns have played four preseason games this year, with two of them on the road and two at home.
Now 1-3 on the preseason, the Suns have more ejections (2) than wins.
Last night’s 113-104 loss to the Blazers was a lot different than the 12-point loss to the Jazz on Monday though. Last night, the Suns actually ran their offense (thanks for the passive defense, Portland!) and got a ton of open looks but just couldn’t get any of them to go down.
Sure there’s highlights of the Suns-Blazers game, but before all that let’s watch another Suns 7-footer get himself ejected. This time it was Alex Len getting tangled up with rookie Caleb Swanigan under the basket.
Oh, you might want to see some more of the whole game itself? Sure. Go right ahead. It’s your blood pressure, not mine.
Maybe you’d rather just watch the Suns only good player from last night?
Rookie Josh Jackson threw down 22 points in a variety of ways, grabbed 7 rebounds, and had a few assists, steals and blocks as well.
Here’s coach Earl Watson talking about a lot of things, including running them through an extremely hard practice the day before, how he liked the way they played on Wednesday night despite missing nearly every shot they took, and what he likes about Josh Jackson.
On making them work on Tuesday: “So after we lost to Utah... The next morning we had a coaches’ meeting. I asked the question, do we want to win tomorrow or do we want to win this season, and every coach agreed to win this season so we had an hour and forty (minute) practice. We had 31 full court sprints with layups for the 31 turnovers, and then we had another layup drill, which was sprints, for the 19 and 20 (turnovers) we had in the two previous games.”
Here’s Jackson talking about it after the game.
On the hard practice: “It was pretty intense. We took the last game we played personally because we all felt that we didn’t play up to our standards. We just wanted to come out today and compete. We knew we were playing against a veteran team, but we just wanted to come out and compete.”
The Suns have a bright future in Jackson and Devin Booker. I am excited to see those two grow.
Other good signs from last night:
- Marquese Chriss looked better than he has since April. He was active (12 boards) and his shot looked good, though it didn’t drop.
- Dragan Bender DID play more aggressively, scoring 13 and grabbing 7 boards.
- Mike James is a definite spark plus off the bench, with 19 points
- Everyone else looked like their legs were as dead as Watson said they’d be