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Four things to like about the Suns’ 4-game winning streak

The Suns are taking care of business against teams they should beat, and that should not be taken for granted.

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns are in the midst of their second-longest win streak this season.

The Suns have rattled off four straight wins to get themselves back in the thick of the race for home-court advantage out West. They are tied with the Thunder for the longest current win streak in the Western Conference.

Rather than focusing on the Durant injury, let’s take a look at the good that has come of late.

#1: Sharing the Wealth

The Suns have had at least five players in double digits every game during this four-game win streak. This is the key to their success this season. It’s not about the Big 3 getting theirs, we know what they can do when healthy.

It’s about the team’s role players getting involved early and often. That is what will give them a chance to win a championship.

The more involved and confident Jusuf Nurkic and Grayson Allen, the better.

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Eric Gordon is another name that comes to mind. Enough with being passive, the stars need you to let if fly and that starts with the ball movement and offensive execution. Both of which have looked a lot more crisp of late.

#2: Free Throw Hunting

This has been a major issue for Suns teams in the (recent) past, as they would struggle to generate advantages in the free throw game. A lot of that had to do with personnel, but this team has a different build to them and it’s showing.

Phoenix is currently ranked 4th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game at 26.5 trailing only the 76ers, Magic and Bucks.

In this four-game stretch, they getting to the line at a solid rate, but more importantly, limiting their opponents in that regard. Holding the second-ranked Magic (in FTA) to just 12 free throws was impressive work by the defense.

  • @ Houston — Phoenix: 26 FTAs. Houston: 22 FTAs.
  • vs. Charlotte — Phoenix: 24 FTAs. Charlotte: 8 FTAs.
  • vs. Orlando — Phoenix: 19 FTAs. Orlando: 12 FTAs.
  • vs. Portland — Phoenix 33 FTAs. Portland: 19 FTAs.

The Suns have outshot their opponents by a count of 102 to 61 during this stretch. Averaging more than 10 free throws a game than their opponent is a welcome sight for this squad.

Getting to the line isn’t much of an issue for this Suns team. They just need to conitnue working at keeping their opponent off of it.

#3: Real Deal Beal

Bradley Beal’s last two games have been the first two that felt... natural. He played within the flow of the offense. Nothing was forced. He made the right reads, and most importantly, the team played (and looked) better when he was on the court.

Beal’s last two games (back-to-backs)

vs. Orlando: 25 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block on 10-13 FG in 35 minutes.

vs. Portland: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block on 8-16 FG in 34 minutes.

46 points on 29 shots in 69 minutes. Nice.

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

The luxury of having Bradley Beal was shown in the win over the Blazers. Kevin Durant was out, and Devin Booker struggled mightily. Despite that, the Suns still handled Portland with ease and a lot of it had to do with Beal, who was a team-high +22 on the night.

The Suns will need another strong performance from Bradley Beal against the Clippers tonight without Durant in the mix.

#4: Bol SZN?

It’s bowl season in college football, so what better time for a Bol Bol breakout game to stir things up?

Yes, it was one game. Yes, it was against the depleted Blazers. No, I do not care.

Getting a young player to build a spark of confidence can sometimes take just one game, and maybe that one game happened on Monday night. Bol posted 11 points with 9 rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes against Portland. He was +10 in the box score. Impact!

We are likely to see more Bol minutes after that performance, as he’s earned the right to get another shot to prove he belongs in the rotation.

Be right back, envisioning a Nurkic-Bol-Durant-Beal-Booker lineup. Okay, too far ahead of myself? Let’s just see how he looks tonight.

The strong bench play has been a welcome sight for this squad as well, but ultimately they are winning games they need to win after a brutal stretch.

What is your favorite part about this current winning streak, Suns fans? Let us know below.

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