The Phoenix Suns are continuing their road trip on Friday against the Indiana Pacers. It’s been a hectic week for both clubs, as they found themselves busy at the trade deadline.
Phoenix is awaiting the arrival still of Kevin Durant, acquired in the most notable deal of the deadline. Until then, the Suns will have to make due without the superstar forward.
The Suns were able to hold off the Pacers going into halftime, leading 60-47.
Hot Start to First Quarter
The Suns haven’t been known to jump out of the gate during the first quarter this season. As such, it’s often made a deficit for them to come back from before halftime.
Phoenix is averaging 27.1 points this season through the first quarter. Even so, the Suns were able to close out the first quarter with 30 points, giving them a bit of leeway.
The Suns shot 46 percent from the field, while also shooting a modest 33 percent from three-point range.
There was quite a bit of turnovers on a back-and-forth basis between both Phoenix and Indiana to begin the game.
Both clubs couldn’t seem to control the ball for a quality amount of time in the first quarter, with both teams committing five turnovers apiece.
The Suns average 14.1 turnovers per contest this season, so getting up to five in one quarter isn’t exactly a recipe towards success.
Ish Wainwright Quietly Productive
With all the glamour that comes with adding Durant to the roster, role players such as Wainwright get lost in transition.
Still, until Phoenix can figure out its depth in totality, players such as Wainwright will be pivotal to the Suns’ success.
The 6-foot-5 forward put up 10 points in the first half. Wainwright 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range.
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