While the Suns make strides in how they start games, their mid-game form keeps getting better and better.
Phoenix used a 26-0 second-quarter run, spurred by the reserves, to pull away in a 92-84 win over Portland in the first round of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League winner’s bracket. Six players scored in double figures for the Suns, who shot 42 percent from distance while employing the uptempo style Jeff Hornacek said would be a staple of his offense.
Hornacek, however, credited the team’s work at the other end of the floor for their offensive explosion.
The Suns knew Archie Goodwin was good. They’d arrived at that conclusion quickly after seeing him in action during one of the many workouts leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft.
“When we had him at our draft workout, both (General Manager Ryan McDonough) and I were saying ‘that kid’s going to be pretty good,’” said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. “That’s why on draft night, Ryan was trying to get up even earlier (in the draft order), because he was afraid some other team might get him.”
After watching the Suns’ regulars do the heavy lifting through the first two games at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Phoenix’s first-round pick Archie Goodwin and the team’s reserves played well enough to give the rest of the starters some well-earned rest.
Goodwin ignited the team from the get-go, scoring 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter as the Suns won 100-88. Between three 3-pointers and repeated attacks at the rim, the Kentucky product with the youngest face in Vegas was nearly unstoppable.