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Suns’ Rally Falls Short in Home Finale Loss Against Clippers

Apr 9, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket against LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) and guard Terance Mann (14) during the third quarter at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns further solidified their reputation as the most perplexing team in the NBA with a tale of two halves 105-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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At one juncture, the Suns found themselves trailing by a staggering 37 points. By halftime, Phoenix’s “big three” had mustered a mere 5-24 shooting performance, prompting calls from fans for Frank Vogel’s immediate dismissal.

However, spanning the end of the 3rd quarter and the start of the 4th, the Suns embarked on a remarkable 17-0 run. They even managed to trim the deficit to a mere 9 points with approximately 6 minutes remaining.

Despite their valiant comeback attempt, the Suns squandered several wide-open three-point opportunities. While the effort was commendable, given their 37-point deficit, the loss deals a significant blow to the Suns’ playoff placement.

Down the stretch, Royce O’Neale, Devin Booker, and Grayson Allen dashed Phoenix’s comeback hopes by missing critical shots. The trio combined for a dismal 7-34 (.205) shooting performance from the field and 2-19 from beyond the arc.

In the pivotal 4th quarter, Phoenix converted just 2 of 11 attempts from three-point range.

Further undermining the Suns’ efforts was their lackluster performance on the boards. With Jusuf Nurkic sidelined, the Suns were outrebounded by a staggering 63-38 margin, marking their largest rebound deficit of the season.

Notably, while Drew Eubanks was on the court, the Suns suffered a detrimental -20 point disadvantage.

The Suns will look to bounce back against the Clippers tomorrow night at 7:30, this time in Los Angeles.


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