The Phoenix Suns’ first game of the new year was an ugly one, to say the least. After falling to the New York Knicks with a final score of 102-83, the Suns have now lost three in a row and are barely holding onto the 7th spot in the Western Conference.
From start to finish, Phoenix failed to get any rhythm offensively. By the time the final whistle blew, they were shooting at a sub-40% rate, and their leading scorer was Deandre Ayton, who only converted 6 of 13 for 12 points.
Although Landry Shamet connected on a couple of threes late in the game, he still finished shooting 2 of 9. Following his lead was Torrey Craig, who shot 0 of 4 from behind the arc and even went scoreless in the first half.
Fans were extremely dissatisfied with these performances and ultimately are fed up with how the past month has gone for the team.
I don’t care if we miss the playoffs at this point, but please trade Landry Shamet, dude is a certified bum. Had everyone fooled cuz he had 2 solid games. Today, he is back to his true self. We need to get healthy and make some trades quick.
— Chazzle Dazzle (@ChazzleDazzl) January 2, 2023
Landry shamet went for 31 the other night tonight he has 0 points 0/7 while playing 21 mins of basketball I can’t make this up
— Andre Campbell (@Andrethegreat7) January 2, 2023
How is Landry Shamet getting actual NBA minutes?
— Jon Delamerced (@delamercedso) January 2, 2023
Last year was our best year and all James Jones had to do was trade for a bench scorer.
He said nah here’s Torrey Craig who can’t shoot.
— 5 Fouls Book (@PrimeDBook) January 2, 2023
Ayton double teams are the price of having to start Torrey Craig. Knicks daring him to shoot.
— PHX Fans (@PHXFansApp) January 2, 2023
Torrey Craig starting should be a federal offense https://t.co/S3d3CJfhgI
— Anthony Nash (@_anthonynash) January 2, 2023
While the halfway point approaches in the season, the panic alarm seems to be going off inside the heads of many. Over the course of the past 17 games, the Suns hold a troubling 5-12 record.
Additionally, they are now 2-7 on the season while Devin Booker does not play.
@Suns you guys are killing me😪. What is going on this season😪😪
— Game_Over🇬🇭 (@cramzy_g) January 2, 2023
Are the @Suns gonna get invited to the NIT this year? Yikes.
— Danny Bavaro (@dannybavaro) January 2, 2023
— Ken Galvin (@Kenoath77) January 2, 2023
I'm so pissed off at the Phoenix Suns right now….
— 2FL¥4Û™ (@EMPRYL) January 2, 2023
Are the Suns in trouble, or is this just a temporary slump?