It’s been a tough week for the shorthanded Suns, but stats guru Cole Mickelson always manages to help ease the pain. The team has a tough upcoming schedule playing eight games in 14 days starting with the New Orleans Pelicans on February 28.
Click through to see the fourth edition of amazing stats about this year’s team.
Back to the Future
The last time the Suns faced the Pelicans, Phoenix led by four at halftime, and never trailed in the second half to keep the Pelicans at bay (credit Cole for the amazing pun) and hold on for a 101-94 victory at US Airways Center to improve to 4-0 at home to open the season.
In starting 4-0 in the Valley of the Sun, Jeff Hornacek became the first coach in Suns history to win his first four home games.
Markieff Morris has reached or surpassed his career-high entering the season (23 points) 10 times this season (most recent, 24, vs. Minnesota, Feb. 25).
Miles and Miles
Among NBA sophomores to qualify in each per game category, Miles Plumlee ranks 3rd in rebounds, 6th in field goal percentage, 4th in blocks, 13th in points.
The Suns tied a franchise record in the third quarter at Cleveland on Jan. 26, allowing just six points which ties the Suns’ team record for fewest points allowed in a quarter, matching the mark set in the fourth quarter at Memphis on Feb. 2, 2002, and the fourth quarter vs. Golden State on Feb. 28, 1999.
The Suns held the Cavs to 2-of-22 shooting in the period, also tying a record for fewest opponent field goals in a period with two (done several times, last on Feb. 28, 1999, vs. Golden State).
Tucker on the Boards
P.J. Tucker (6-6) had a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Minnesota on Feb. 25, becoming the first Suns player 6-6 or shorter to have at least 16 rebounds in a game since Jason Kidd (6-4) had 16 boards vs. Orlando on Feb. 28, 2001.
Since Charles Barkley (6-6) had 16+ rebounds 48 times as a Sun, Tucker joins Kidd as the only Suns players 6-6 or shorter to do so.