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Suns Lose Final Game of Season Vs. Clippers

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Even with the Phoenix Suns being secured in the fourth seed for the Western Conference, there will still implications at hand on Sunday.

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With a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Suns could increase their chances of facing a different opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

After the first half, it appeared that Phoenix had a good chance of pushing the Clippers towards the play-in tournament.

As the second half commenced, LA had other plans, winning the matchup 119-114 over Phoenix.

Shamet Makes the Most of His Time

Landry Shamet was a heavily relied upon guard for Phoenix earlier in the season. Injuries and inconsistent play saw his playing time diminished.

After acquiring Terrence Ross, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Shamet would be regulated to the end of the bench.

Yet with multiple players sitting out on Sunday, Shamet was given the chance to showcase his shot-making abilities again.

Shamet ended the contest with points, shooting of from the floor. He shot of from three-point range as well. As the starters make their return, it’s unlikely Shamet will receive the same floor time.

It is, however, a notable point to have his services available when needed.

Saben Lee Does it All

Much like Jock Landale’s situation, Lee found himself the primary starter for the Suns against LA. Phoenix was already resting Chris Paul, and Cameron Payne also rested to avoid risking any injuries as well.

Though not necessarily efficient, Lee proved that he could be a primary reserves ball-handler for a team in the future.

Lee cashed in on 25 points for the afternoon, though it came on 8-of-20 shooting. He did however make 6-of-8 free throws during his time on the floor.

The 23-year old also had nine assists for the contest. The more impressive portion of his game was his ability to take care of the ball. He had only one turnover through 44 minutes of play.

With the loss, the Suns finish the season with a 45-37 record. They maintained a 28-13 record while at home. Also, given the outcome of the matchup, Suns fans will have to get used to seeing the Clippers, as they will be their opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

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