Suns Survive Sacramento Kings, Get Destroyed By Los Angeles Lakers In Weekend Action. Up Next: Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday
|Kobe Bryant continued to make the Phoenix Suns his personal bitches last night.|
The Phoenix Suns have developed two rather distinct personalities so far in the 2009-2010 season.
There's the straight ballers who dismantle feeble opponents and occasionally squeak out tough, hard-fought wins. And then there's Planet Orange's weaker side, which gets schooled and humiliated by the NBA's upper echelon.
Phoenix fans got to see both faces as Steve Nash and his squad went all Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this past weekend.
The Suns were fairly stellar as they pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at US Airways Center before traveling to the Staples Center and getting their asses handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Kings proved to be a challenge through the first three quarters of Friday night's game, as Sac-Town head coach (and one-time Suns star) Paul Westphal utilized such players as Kenny Thomas and Jason Thompson to curtail and contain Phoenix's shooting efforts from the field to keep things relatively close, almost evening the game at 95-94 with seven minutes left. (Possible NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans also scored 21 points, while Andres Nocioni nabbed 20 points during the contest).
As a result, the Suns stepped up their three-point shooting to compensate and overcome, including treys from Nash and Channing Frye, as a part of a 10-2 run to secure a 115-107 victory and extend their home winning streak to 16.
If only the Suns could have executed a similar scoring surge throughout last night's 108-88 rout by the Lakers.
Phoenix was already considered to be a major underdog going into the match-up with El Lay at the Staples Center, and surviving a battle with a competent Pacific Division foe a couple of nights prior didn't help their cause. The Lakers made it look easy in the 20-point rout, proving why they'll probably be making a repeat appearance in the NBA Finals in the summer. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum also unleashed countless double teams against the likes of Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire, snuffing out shooting attempts aplenty and limiting the Suns to a season low of 88 points.
While nary a single Sun exceeded 20 points, Kobe was up to his usual superstar antics with 26 points and seven rebounds. Six other Los Angeles players (including Ron Artest and Lamar Odom) also posted double figures. Profound efforts off the bench from Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown also helped slay the Suns.
Things don't get any easier from here, as Phoenix takes on the Mavericks in the Lone Star State. Dallas is 14-7 this season, and despite getting thumped by the Atlanta Hawks this past weekend, are a major force to be reckoned with. Dirk Nowitzki is as bad ass as ever, averaging 26 points per game, and the sharped-eyed trio of Jason Erick Dampier, and Jason Kidd aren't slouched when it comes to shooting. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. TV: KUTP My 45. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: www.nba.com/suns.