Three Factors Led to Dragic Trimming Beard

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Goran Dragic knew three things.

One, his shot was off. He’d gone just 15-of-46 from the field over a three-game span for a very un-Goran-like 32.6-percent shooting clip.

Two, his face itched.

And three, perhaps most devastating of all, his not-yet-one-year-old son didn’t want to cuddle with his dad.

All three things, Dragic deduced, had to do with the beard.

Ah yes, the beard, that late-season symbol of team unity around which the Suns had staked their playoff push. That’s all well and good – unless the three aforementioned things are happening at once.

So Dragic dug out the razor and – trimmed.

“He said he felt bad, but he felt like he had to shave the two sides but he left this stuff [in the front],” laughed Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. “I said, ‘hey, I don’t’ care if you have a beard or not. If you’re making your shots…’”

Dragic’s teammates were not as forgiving.

“As soon as I got to the locker room, players were getting on me,” Dragic laughed. “‘Oh my god, you shaved!” I said ‘I didn’t shave. I still got hair in front, a little bit.’”

To be fair, here’s how the rest of the day went: he scored 26 points on 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) shooting. His face didn’t itch. His kid didn’t try to wrench away from his dad’s face.

That being said, Dragic’s guilt trip didn’t go away until the final buzzer sounded on a key win over Oklahoma City.

“I was really happy we won that last game,” he said. “If we lose that, probably the whole team would be on me because I shaved.”