The Suns continue to scrap, and their reward is a 9-8 record coming out of the month of November. They’ve handed the 14-3 Blazers two of their losses, including last week’s home win on Wednesday.
Last week’s heavy lifters are familiar faces, but their recent production has made them even more valuable. Should their efforts continue, the much harder December schedule could become a less daunting affair.
When the “potential” tag gets tossed around theSuns, it’s usually in reference to younger players like Eric Bledsoe or Archie Goodwin.
Dragic is proving that, at the ripe age of 27, he’s got plenty of room between him and his proverbial ceiling. The sixth-year guard is playing the best basketball of his career, averaging 22.2 points, 10.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds over his last five games.
Most impressive is his efficiency: 52.8 percent shooting. He is making opposing defenses pay for switching on pick-and-rolls. Once he has a big man guarding him, he’s been nearly automatic with his step-back midrange jumper.
A year ago, Frye wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play basketball again. And while he’s the most grateful for his return to the game, the Suns are likely a close second after how vital he’s been to their success.
The veteran big man averaged 17.8 points on an incredible 65 percent shooting last week, including 13-of-24 from three-point range.
Even more important has been his presence in crunch time. He has made key baskets and pulled down big rebounds in the closing minutes of games, adding a much-needed veteran presence his younger teammates can lean on when needed.
The Suns’ sixth man regained his aggressive mode of play, particularly in Phoenix’s two wins last week. He shot 15-of-26 combined in the two victories, with only three of those shot attempts coming from beyond the arc.
When Morris attacks the basket, opposing teams are forced to give him room, which he then takes advantage of with his outside shooting touch.
The third-year big man is fifth in the league in scoring (12.6 ppg) among players who average less than 27 minutes per game.