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Takeaways From the Suns Loss to the Knicks

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The Phoenix Suns lost to the New York Knicks 102-83 on Monday; they got down early and could not fight back. New York went on a 21-0 run in the second quarter, and the game was over after the run.

Shooting

The Suns struggled from the field, shooting just 39.1% from the field and 27% from beyond the arc. With Devin Booker out, Miles Bridges, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul need to step up, and against the Knicks, they did not. Bridges scored ten points, Ayton 12 points, and Paul ten points. In the future, the Suns need more from those three players.

Defense

Phoenix’s bad offense carried over the defensive end of the court; New York shot 48.6% from the field and 39.4% from three-point land. Julis Randle led the Knicks in scoring with 28 points while also adding 16 rebounds and six assists. Jalen Brunson also played well, scoring 24 points. All five Knicks starters scored in double-digits.

“It is a mind-boggling thing,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “The frustration comes in for us because we’ve been a team that can overcome that when we are not shooting the ball well. Mentally and emotionally, I have to get our guys stronger. We haven’t been able to handle those kinds of lapses this year.”

Free Thow Disparity

New York shot almost 20 more free throws than Phoenix. The knick shot 25 free throws to the Suns’ seven. Hard to win we you can not get to the free-throw line. Usually, the more aggressive team will get to the line more; the Knicks were more aggressive.

 

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