When: 7:00 p.m. AZ Time
Where: Footprint Center — Phoenix, Arizona
Watch: Bally Sports Arizona
Listen: 98.7 FM
The Phoenix Suns are off to their best start in franchise history, continuing to steamroll through the league with a pristine 38-9 record.
The Suns are 38-9, their best start in franchise history. They are:— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 27, 2022
19-7 vs .500 teams
19-2 vs. below .500 teams
17-3 in clutch games
All best in the league. pic.twitter.com/dQooMnswrt
They face a young, hungry Minnesota squad that will surely give them everything they can handle. The Timberwolves are fresh off a late night loss against the Golden State Warriors last night, so they’ll be dealing with the second of a back-to-back. This will be the third and final game of their 3-game road trip.
Phoenix on the other hand, will be down 4 key players including two starters in Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder along with two of their top bench pieces in Cam Payne and JaVale McGee.
- Chris Paul
- Devin Booker
- Mikal Bridges
- Cam Johnson
- Bismack Biyombo
- D’Angelo Russell
- Anthony Edwards
- Jarred Vanderbilt
- Jaden McDaniels
- Karl Anthony-Towns
- Cameron Payne, PG — Out
- Deandre Ayton, C — Out
- JaVale McGee, C — Out
- Jae Crowder, PF — Out
- Dario Saric, F/C — Out
- Abdel Nader, F — Out
- Patrick Beverley, G — Out
- D’Angelo Russell, G — UNKNOWN — left game early vs. Warriors with a bruised shin
Note: There’s no telling if Minnesota adds anyone to their injury report or if any of their players will rest for the second of a back-to-back, so keep an eye out for that.
What to Watch For
Anthony Edwards vs. Devin Booker
This is the matchup right here. Two young star guards that are elite tough shot makers and put up points in a flurry. Edwards has dropped 92 points in his last three games on just 62 shots. Booker has averaged 32.7 points per game in his past 7 games on 46% shooting from the floor. It’s gonna be a fun one.
- Bismack attack
The mid-season addition of the year has continued to be a revelation for the Suns. Over his last 5 games, he’s averaged 15.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 BPG and 1.0 SPG in 28 minutes per contest. He’s been a +36 overall in those 5 games, and came up big on multiple occasions in the Utah back-to-back.
Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee are both out along with Jae Crowder, so the frontline will depth will be fairly shallow and they’ll need another stellar Bismack performance.
"They're good at closing games." Bismack Biyombo on Chris Paul and Devin Booker as the All-Star backcourt scored a combined 21 points in the fourth with Paul scoring 15 on 5-of-7 shooting. #Suns pic.twitter.com/DDdxl9gVTq— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) January 27, 2022
- Containing KAT
The short-handed Suns will have their hands full trying to slow down Timberwolves star Karl Anthony-Towns. Bismack Biyombo and Jalen Smith are really the only two that can match Towns from a size perspective on the active roster.
Devin Booker’s former Kentucky Wildcat teammate just scored 31 points on 22 shots in 36 minutes last night against the Warriors. Both Towns and Edwards
- The X-Factors:
Minnesota: D’Angelo Russell, Jarred Vanderbilt
Phoenix: Landry Shamet, Ish Wainright
Which DLo will show up? Will Vanderbilt continue to unleash his tenacious defense all over Phoenix? Can Landry Shamet make a shot? Will Ish Wainright make two threes again?
Find out next on the next episode of Phoenix Suns basketball.
9 straight! Suns win a tough one, 113-107.