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Suns Battle Down to the Wire, Lose to Bucks

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With a road trip that includes some title contenders, the Phoenix Suns will be anticipating a rough stretch. The Suns have more games behind them compared to what lies ahead.

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The Milwaukee Bucks include one of those contending teams that Phoenix will have to face on their road trip. The Bucks brought a familiar face for Phoenix in Jae Crowder for his first matchup against Phoenix since being traded.

Crowder made sure to be one of the primary reasons that Phoenix left in defeat, as the Suns loss 104-101 to the Bucks on Sunday.

Devin Booker Struggling with Rhythm

Booker hasn’t been the same efficient scorer he was prior to his groin injury. While he’s able to get the end result points-wise, his consistency has fallen quite a bit.

The star guard shot 9-of-21 from the floor, going 1-of-5 from three-point range against the Bucks. He was able to add to his score total with nine free throw attempts during the contest. His most critical free-throw attempts came with seconds left in the contest, with Booker missing two of his three attempts.

Coming into Sunday, Booker had shot 23 percent from three-point range in his five games since being back. He’s hovered just about the 40 percent mark from the field in his last two games before Sunday.

With Kevin Durant expected back as soon as Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets, Booker may not have all the time to take the majority of the shots that he’s accustomed to in order to get his rhythm back.

Chris Paul Second Half Showdown

Going into halftime, the foresaw notion that Paul’s date with Father Time was approaching was obvious. There were lapses in judgement from the veteran guard, aiding the Bucks in maintaining a lead at the end of the first half.

Paul made sure to reestablish faith in Suns fans, as he helped spearhead Phoenix past Milwaukee in the second half of play.

Paul finished the outing with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Paul’s ability to create for others supersedes any other skill with the addition of Durant. For that, they’ll need the soon-to-be 38-year-old on par.

Deandre Ayton back to Double-Doubles

Ayton’s game has certainly taken another step forward, though it may not be in the leap fans were hoping for. Ayton has become more confident in what his abilities are rather than forcing what may not be.

The seven-footer is a certified lob-catcher that can also make wonders happen from mid-range and post-ups. Given his length, grabbing rebounds is a rather easy feat for Ayton as well.

Ayton displayed yet another successful double-double performance. He was able to record 22 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds during his time on the floor. He also had three blocks.

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