Chris Paul said it was a game the Suns should've won. Came out with the right energy but didn't sustain it
Book said he wasn't sure how far under the hoop he was when he caught the ball on that last play. Also said that he probably should've turned around and shot it, but didn't think it should've even come to that
Devin Booker said the Suns started off the right way but never got over the hump. Said they "messed around a bit with the game" when they got up 10-12
Monty reiterates he likes his team and he won't be thinking about any trade deadline activity until/if James Jones calls him with something
Monty said he's not frustrated with this loss. Said Okeke was the guy they didn't respect as much as they should have, but liked the fight on the B2B
Monty Williams said he was encouraged by the Suns' fight on a back-to-back, but said they just couldn't score down the stretch and missed some good looks
Suns are 16-6 against teams at or above .500.
They are 13-8 against teams below .500.
Final: ORL 112, PHX 111
Booker: 25-7-7, 9-21 FG
Paul: 23 Pts, 7 Ast, 6 Reb
Ayton: 21 Pts, 9 Reb
Vucevic: 27 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast
Booker's tough reverse layup is no good
Evan Fournier quickly responds, sneaking a layup past Deandre Ayton, Suns down 1 with 6.4 seconds left
Strong drive from Booker to get 2 FTs with 19.4 seconds left. Hits them both, Suns up 1 and in need of a stop
Feels like the Suns have missed a lot of makable shots
Not gonna matter if the Suns can't get stop though. Not their best defensive performance tonight
Point God starting to take over to keep the Suns steady
End of 3Q: PHX 91, ORL 86
Booker: 20-6-5, 8-15 FG
Ayton: 19 Pts, 7 Reb
Crowder: 14 Pts, 3-5 3P
Vucevic: 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast
Halftime: ORL 59, PHX 59
Ayton: 13 Pts, 5 Reb
Booker: 12 Pts, 3 Ast, 6-10 FG
Crowder: 12 Pts, 3-4 3P
Vucevic: 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast
All right so while we were all ranting and raving about Torrey Craig, the Magic have tied the game at 44 after trailing by as many as 13
Torrey in Phoenix after being glued to the Bucks bench:
How was Budenholzer not giving Torrey Craig minutes in Milwaukee?
End of 1Q: PHX 32, ORL 24
Booker: 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 6-9 FG
Crowder: 7 Pts, 2-2 3P
Ayton: 5 Pts, 3 Reb
Fournier: 8 Pts, 3-3 FG
Uhhh Torrey Craig hitting 3s off the dribble for this bench unit now?
Holy hell that was one of the nicest passes of Devin Booker's career
Devin Booker seems to enjoy putting the Orlando Magic in an early hole. He did this last time they faced off too
Magic starting lineup for tonight: MCW, Evan Fournier, Al-Farouq Aminu, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic
Quick heads up: The first dose of the vaccine can hit HARD if you’ve had COVID and still have the antibodies in your system. I feel like I got hit by a Mack truck right now.
Still totally worth it though
Suns say Abdel Nader will miss his second straight game with right knee soreness
Shams Charania said on the broadcast he thinks the Suns are hoping for continued internal growth and believes they already made their big move by trading for Chris Paul. Said the Suns have been interested in Aaron Gordon in the past, but they're not currently in on those talks
Crowder said the first step early in the season was getting DA to communicate more (and louder). Now it's all about throwing different coverages at him so he's learning
Jae Crowder on Deandre Ayton: "We're demanding a lot out of him, and he's taking it...he's gradually, definitely getting better each game"
Monty Williams on Deandre Ayton tonight: "In an ideal world, I actually want even more." He did praise Ayton for avoiding fouls and playing with force/focus, but said he's "never satisfied."
The drumbeat for Torrey Craig-for-MVP needs to get louder.
Final: PHX 110, MIA 100
Booker: 23 Pts, 5 Reb
Ayton: 17 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk
Crowder: 13 Pts
Nunn: 25 Pts, 5-9 3P
With the Magic up tomorrow for the 2nd night of a back-to-back, pretty key that Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Jae Crowder all played 27 minutes
Pretty fantastic Deandre Ayton game again tonight
End of 3Q: PHX 85, MIA 73
Booker: 23 Pts, 5 Reb
Ayton: 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Blk
Crowder: 13 Pts
Nunn: 21 Pts, 5-7 3P
Heat close 3Q on 15-5 run
Halftime: PHX 58, MIA 43
Booker: 15 Pts, 7-12 FG
Ayton: 10 Pts, 8 Reb
Crowder: 10 Pts, 4-5 FG
Adebayo: 8 Pts, 4 Ast, 4 Reb
Suns close 2Q on 16-4 run
End of 1Q: PHX 25, MIA 20
Crowder: 7 Pts, 3-4 FG
Ayton: 6 Pts, 4 Reb
Booker: 4 Pts, 2-5 FG
Nunn: 8 Pts, 3-6 FG
Monty Williams says he talked with Suns players yesterday before the road trip began to reinforce the appreciation for where this team is and ask for dedication to cross the finish line.
I want to be excited about the NBA trade deadline, but if I’m being completely honest, it just feels trivial to me right now. Hopefully the excitement will be a reprieve, but seeing so much unnecessary loss of life in the last week has been so draining
I’m so sick of reading about shootings and white domestic terrorists here. This country is so backwards and primitive it’s beyond sickening.
R.I.P. Elgin Baylor. Sad news today
Me by the end of the year thanks to Krispy Kreme’s free donuts for getting vaccinated
I know I say something similar every single Sunday, but John Oliver’s segment this week on the Atlanta shootings is a must-watch
Man he's really just groovin all over the place, isn't he?
GyrAYTON, one might say.