Suns.com Key Three of the Week (Nov. 18 - Nov. 24)
Last week saw the Suns hit the depths of a four-game losing streak, then pull out of it with impressive efforts on both ends of the court in back-to-back wins on the road – all without the services of point guard Eric Bledsoe (bruised shin).
Who played the best when the Suns needed it most? Here’s the Key Three of the Week:
Phoenix’s favorite Slovenian carried the vast majority of playmaking responsibility with Bledsoe out, and he didn’t’ disappoint. In last week’s four-game slate, Dragic averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Following the Suns’ fourth consecutive loss on Wednesday, he was one of the more outspoken players when it came to improving the team’s offense, particularly when it came to ball movement and effort.
Not coincidentally, the next two games were both Suns wins that saw them shoot above 47 percent from the field and log more than 20 assists in each game. Dragic accounted for 21 of them in that stretch, including this one.
The Suns obviously don’t want half of their backcourt injured on a consistent basis, but having Gerald Green has prevented a lot of the on-court consequences.
The journeyman swingman has shown far more concern for team wins than personal production, but Phoenix is seeing both. Green scored at least 20 points in three of the four games last week, including back-to-back 23-point performances against the Kings.
The highlight dunks in transition have still been there, but it’s his three-point shooting that has kept the floor spread for Dragic and big man Miles Plumlee. Green is shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 2.6 three-pointers made per game so far this season.
This last one was a close call between Frye and Marcus Morris (14.0 ppg, 61.8 percent shooting), but the sharpshooting big man earns the nod for making key plays in crunch time in the Suns’ bounce-back set of wins to finish the week.
Frye gave the Suns the offensive lift they desperately needed after their four-game losing streak, scoring 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including 5-of-7 from three). He followed that up by making key plays down low at the end of Sunday’s game at Orlando, including two post scores in the final minutes.
Perhaps most important of all, Frye is giving Phoenix a veteran’s know-how as a low-post defender, using his length and positioning to help limit opposing big men in man-to-man coverage. Last week he had the second-best total in blocks (six), several of which came not as a weak-side defender, but at the expense of the man he himself was guarding.