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Suns Have a Close Battle with Kings at Half

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What seemed like an enjoyable ride for the Phoenix Suns in the remainder of the season has turned into crunch time.

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The Suns have less than no time remaining before the playoffs, and their newly acquired superstar in Kevin Durant could possibly be out until then.

Head coach Monty Williams will need his role players along with his remaining starters more now than ever. Such was seen against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of Saturday’s contest.

The Suns, didn’t look as to be the same team from a few games ago, trailing 67-59 at halftime to the Kings.

Battle of Benches

The first half of Saturday’s game oddly wasn’t dictated by the starters of either team. Both starting units showed less will than what was required.

The Kings turned to their bench, who soon enough responded with starter-like numbers. Trey Lyles was the leader for Sacramento off the bench, scoring 11 points while shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range

Sacramento in total got 37 points from the bench, while Phoenix couldn’t say the same by a large margin.

Terrence Ross led the bench in scoring with seven points. Aside from that, there wasn’t much success to garnish reserve-wise.

Shaky From Downtown

The Suns have been showing a strong shooting effort from beyond the arc in recent memory. Currently, Phoenix is shooting 38 percent from three-point range coming into Saturday, placing them fifth in the league.

That magic touch seemed to disappear in the first half, with Phoenix only shooting percent from downtown. Devin Booker is having one of his colder nights from downtown. He only shot 1-of-4 from the mark.

The Suns can still come out victorious over the Kings without having a stellar night from three-point range. If that is the route they choose, someone will have to set the pace accordingly in the second half.

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