Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost. With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.
The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand. This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.
Portland Trail Blazers:
-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)
-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent. Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well. Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.
Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter. He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points. Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process. Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played. Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.
Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block. North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers. He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block. Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.
The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted. During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process. Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.
McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot. Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds. Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers. Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each. Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.
With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre. After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes. Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.
With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory. C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory. Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.
The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season. October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122. During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.