While playoff bound, the Phoenix Suns aren’t out of the clear in terms of placing in the Western Conference. On Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers did everything in their power to make things complicated for Phoenix.
The Suns had lost six of their last seven matchups coming into Saturday. Their latest loss against the Sacramento Kings had saw them drop to the fifth seed.
Devin Booker put up another impressive showing, but it was the efforts from the role players that saw the Suns win over the 76ers.
Warren and Ross Finding Their Grooves
Given the recent playing of the new two, it is certainly a bright spot in watching Terrence Ross and T.J. Warren becoming more acclimated on the floor.
Ross was able to break out a 30-point performance on Friday, and his contributions continued against the 76ers. He finished the matchup with 15 points and seven rebounds. His scoring helped extend the Suns lead as the fourth quarter got underway.
Warren pushed in an equal effort on his end. Warren, 29, shot 7-of-12 from the field for 16 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
Warren’s ability to transform back into the two-way, high-level forward he was with the Indiana Pacers could be instrumental to the Suns’ postseason success.
Bismack Dominates the Paint
Without Deandre Ayton, head coach Monty Williams will be depending on the services of Bismack Biyombo and Jock Landale.
Landale made sure to make his impact against the Kings, and it was Biyombo’s turn to to take control against the 76ers.
The 6’8″ center finished the contest with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He also had an astounding five blocks.
Biyombo and Landale serve different needs for Phoenix on an interchangeable basis. The Suns needed Biz’s abilities on Saturday to even make it a competition against Philadelphia.
The Suns will now travel to take on the Utah Jazz on Monday, before heading back to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Kevin Durant is expected to make his return against Minnesota.
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