Our Phoenix Suns came up on the short-end of a 131-127 decision against the Washington Wizards last night. The loss was well-received by the Phoenix fan base, currently populated mostly by the “tank” crowd and the “make the Suns fun again” contingent. There’s significant crossover as well.
For a team that’s only won 21 games on the season, the Suns are certainly interesting in a lot of different ways. Perhaps underappreciated in the team’s race to the bottom and the emergence of Tyler Ulis as a leader on the court is the work veteran guard Eric Bledsoe has been putting in.
Tuesday night against the Wizards Bledsoe collected his 12th 30-point performance of the 2016-17 season, more than his previous six years combined. Let’s watch.
This was the second time this season Bledsoe impressed against Washington. In November he tallied 29 points, 9 rebounds and six assists.
Thursday the Suns will host the Los Angeles Lakers in the final of four meetings this season. In the most recent matchup, Bledsoe logged his lone triple-double of the season, scoring 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and 13 assists on February 15th. Through three matchups he averages 24.6 points against the Lakers.
A victory on Thursday and the Suns will win the season series against the Lakers for the fourth consecutive year. Tipoff from Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix is scheduled for 7:30pm PT.