Though it’s not preferred, the Phoenix Suns have shown that their bench unit can carry them to a win. It was the only option for Phoenix on Saturday, as multiple players were sidelined once more.
Phoenix didn’t miss out a beat, as they cleared out the win column once more against the Indiana Pacers, with a final score 112-107.
With more minutes to spare, the Suns bench silenced the doubters in another impressive win.
Josh Okogie – The Savior
Looking at a fully intact Suns roster, Okogie doesn’t jump of the sheet. Still, Okogie is the epitome of a player that’s contribution doesn’t always show on the stat sheet.
Saturday was the opposite. The 6’4″ forward put his name on every stat for Phoenix. He finished the challenging outing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Okogie also found himself at the free-throw line for 13 attempts, which surpasses even some of the regular starters. To add to that, he finished with four blocks.
Duane Washington, Jr. & Saben Lee Battle Rages On
Even without Washington, Jr. and Lee, the Suns already have two ball-handlers in Chris Paul and Cameron Payne. As both Paul and Payne have been sidelined a few games, the responsibility has shifted.
Phoenix won’t necessarily need Lee when everyone is back to full health. Lee hasn’t made that an easy case on Saturday though.
The Phoenix native put up 12 points, four rebounds and four assists through 29 minutes. Lee is currently on his second 10-day contract.
Washington, Jr. continued to make his case for more playing time as well. The former Pacer finished the game with nine points and four assists. He didn’t have his best shooting night however, going 3-of-13 from the floor.
Mikal Bridges Continued his Run
Bridges has found himself as the lone starter multiple games this season. He currently holds the longest active streak in games played.
With that, he’s had to shoulder the responsibility of what comes with Phoenix’s success.
Bridges turned in another impressive night, scoring 22 points along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
With two wins in a row, the Suns will now prepare for the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.