Suns @ Kings Friday game thread 3-24-2023

Peter Sheldon

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Bench Booker for this one too. We aren't winning this game without the other two. It's time to start thinking with our heads and focus on our health for the playoffs.
So true.
For the love of all things holy, please rest Book/CP3 these two b2b games. Book will kill himself getting 40+ points in losing efforts and quite possibly injure himself trying draw fouls with virtually no chance of a win while playing with inadequate bigs and a bunch of undersized scrubs.
 

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I'd rest him for the 76ers game as the Kings should more beatable.
 

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I'm not sure where you are starting that number from, because his numbers are a starter are not great but they're better than that.

But since Durant's first start and then his tenure, he's been forcing it big time. His defense hasn't been great either. He had that big time block against Orlando but he's been gambling a lot and generally sloppy on both ends. I would not mind if Craig got the starting slot when Durant returns.

Okogie has also played himself back into a spot where we can probably keep him in the summer. Just a few weeks back people were fretting that he'd get 10+ mil per season... if he keeps up his recent play he is looking at another minimum contract.
From ESPN. Correct me if I am wrong but his first start was March 1st I believe. If correct, his numbers are NOT better than that. Here is every game since March 1st below:

Totals:
FG Totals 27/86 = 31.4%
3PT Totals 14/50 = 28%
PPG = 10.5

That is simply awful compared to his numbers off the bench. He is killing us in the starting lineup.

DateOPPResultMINFGFG%3PT3P%FTFT%REBASTBLKSTLPFTOPTS
Wed 3/22@
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122-111
200-50.00-30.05-683.33210215
Sun 3/19@
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OKC
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124-120
213-560.01-250.01-1100.03300508
Thu 3/16vs
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ORL
W
116-113
304-1428.62-1020.05-5100.044331215
Tue 3/14vs
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MIL
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116-104
351-520.00-10.06-875.07402318
Mon 3/13@
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GS
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123-112
323-933.32-540.03-650.032003211
Sat 3/11vs
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SAC
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128-119
354-1040.03-650.04-580.010111115
Wed 3/8vs
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132-101
212-633.31-333.30-00.04310015
Sun 3/5@
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DAL
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130-126
223-1323.10-80.03-475.01002219
Fri 3/3@
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CHI
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125-104
327-1546.75-1050.06-6100.040001125
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105-91
330-40.00-20.04-4100.03112124
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Bench Booker for this one too. We aren't winning this game without the other two. It's time to start thinking with our heads and focus on our health for the playoffs.

It breaks my heart seeing the Suns run Booker in the ground. Brings back memories of when Steve Nash played to exhaustion.

I don't want to see Booker breakdown.
 
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The Kings 15-man roster appears healthy except for Kevin Huerter who is questionable.

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With only ten games to go, only 3 losses separate the Suns from the 12th place team.

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As long as we make the playoffs we will be fine.

Unless Monty gets Book hurt before the tourney even begins. And his Hammys are getting a ton of run these days. I don't like it one bit.
 

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With only ten games to go, only 3 losses separate the Suns from the 12th place team.

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The Suns are in real trouble unless KD comes back soon. The Suns have lost 5 of 6 games and are playing like garbage. Naturally you can't predict tailspins or hot runs for the last 10 games for each team. However, you can see the pace they are on based on winning %. This also doesn't take into account recent injuries. Not a perfect look but still a look.

IMO, the Suns magic # for a playoff birth is likely 3 Wins to be a play in team (going 3-7 last 10). 4 Wins likely earns you regular playoff spot (going 4-6 last 10).

Any less than 3 wins in the final 10 and the Suns are in jeopardy of being out.

Team Win Pace (based on winning %)
Nuggets - .671 (win streak 2) - On Pace for 55-27
Grizzlies - .625 (win streak 4) - On Pace for 51-31
Kings - .597 (losing streak 2) - On Pace for 49-33
Suns - .528 (losing Streak 2) - On pace for 43-39
Clippers - .527 (win streak 1) - On pace for 43-39
Warriors - .514 (win streak 2) - On pace for 42-40
Timberwolves - .500 (win streak 2) - On pace for 41-41
Mavs - .493 (losing streak 2) - On pace for 40-42
Lakers - .493 (win streak 2) - On pace for 40-42
Pelicans - .493 (win streak 3)- On pace for 40-42
Thunder - .493 (Losing streak 1) - On pace for 40-42
Jazz - .486 (Losing Streak 1) - On pace for 39-43

Suns wins against Western Conference Team Pace:
1W = Suns finish 39-43 (#12 - Out of the Playoffs )
2W = Suns finish 40-42 (Anywhere from #8 to #10 as a Play in team to #11 - Out of the Playoffs)
3W = Suns finish 41-41 (#7 play in team)
4W = Suns finish 42-40 (#6 Playoff Team)
5W = Suns finish 43-39 (#5 Playoff team)
6W = Suns finish 44-38 (#4 Playoff team)
7W = Suns finish 45-37 (#4 Playoff team)
8W = Suns finish 46-36 (#4 playoff team)
9W = Suns finish 47-35 (#4 playoff team)
10W = Suns finish 48-34 (#4 playoff team)
 
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The Suns are in real trouble unless KD comes back soon. The Suns have lost 5 of 6 games and are playing like garbage. Naturally you can't predict tailspins or hot runs for the last 10 games for each team. However, you can see the pace they are on based on winning %. This also doesn't take into account recent injuries. Not a perfect look but still a look.

IMO, the Suns magic # for a guaranteed playoff birth is 3 Wins as a play in team (going 3-7 last 10). 4 Wins likely earns you regular playoff spot (going 4-6 last 10).

Any less than 3 wins in the final 10 and the Suns are in jeopardy of being out.

Team Win Pace (based on winning %)
Nuggets - .671 (win streak 2) - On Pace for 55-27
Grizzlies - .625 (win streak 4) - On Pace for 51-31
Kings - .597 (losing streak 2) - On Pace for 49-33
Suns - .528 (losing Streak 2) - On pace for 43-39
Clippers - .527 (win streak 1) - On pace for 43-39
Warriors - .514 (win streak 2) - On pace for 42-40
Timberwolves - .500 (win streak 2) - On pace for 41-41
Mavs - .493 (losing streak 2) - On pace for 40-42
Lakers - .493 (win streak 2) - On pace for 40-42
Pelicans - .493 (win streak 3)- On pace for 40-42
Thunder - .493 (Losing streak 1) - On pace for 40-42
Jazz - .486 (Losing Streak 1) - On pace for 39-43

Suns wins against Western Conference Team Pace:
1W = Suns finish 39-43 (#12 - Out of the Playoffs )
2W = Suns finish 40-42 (Anywhere from #8 to #10 as a Play in team to #11 - Out of the Playoffs)
3W = Suns finish 41-41 (#7 play in team)
4W = Suns finish 42-40 (#6 Playoff Team)
5W = Suns finish 43-39 (#5 Playoff team)
6W = Suns finish 44-38 (#4 Playoff team)
7W = Suns finish 45-37 (#4 Playoff team)
8W = Suns finish 46-36 (#4 playoff team)
9W = Suns finish 47-35 (#4 playoff team)
10W = Suns finish 48-34 (#4 playoff team)

It's hard to pencil in any wins for the Suns unless Durant returns, other than maybe San Antonio and the Timberwolves at home.

Suns are running out of time to get it together.
 

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It's hard to pencil in any wins for the Suns unless Durant returns, other than maybe San Antonio and the Timberwolves at home.

Suns are running out of time to get it together.
Countdown clock starts tonight.
 

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It's hard to see the Suns winning the next two games unless someone unexpected steps up.
Kings have lost 2 in a row themselves. They’re tough at home. If we have ANY chance to win we have to be able to not foul on their drives to the basket.

And Yupp. Someone has to help Book out. Getting a split from these next 2 games would be a major victory honestly.
 
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Kings have lost 2 in a row themselves. They’re tough at home. If we have ANY chance to win we have to be able to not foul on their drives to the basket.

And Yupp. Someone has to help Book out. Getting a split from these next 2 games would be a major victory honestly.

Let's hope they get a couple wins early. A split would be great.

With the 12th ranked team in the West (Utah) having only three more losses, it says it all.

The Suns have lost 5 out of their last 6 games. Until Ayton and Durant return, it doesn't look promising.
 

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With the 12th ranked team in the West (Utah) having only three more losses, it says it all.

The Suns have lost 5 out of their last 6 games. Until Ayton and Durant return, it doesn't look promising.
I am not worried about Utah. The Suns would have to go 1-9 or so in their last ten with the Jazz playing way above their current win pace to worry about them. The Jazz are playing below .500 ball and we get KD back soon. I don't see the Suns going 1-9 and the Jazz going on a tear.
 

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I think you need to be cautious with Paul and Book in these two games if it’s obvious blowout in the first halves just sit them screw it if we gonna lose at least don’t play either of them many minutes! Better safe than sorry with our luck this season and multiple injuries keeping our starters from playing together all damn season…
 
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Kevin Huerter is available to play so the Kings are fully healthy.

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Here are the Suns starters.

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I am betting on the lamp getting lit in Sac Town tonight. Our defense has been abysmal. Guys on opposing teams are taking the ball out of the net when we score and they are making lay ups on us! No way that should happen. We need to dumb it down and stay in front of guys and make them shoot over the top. Too many drives to the basket. We aren't going all the way until we get our defense fixed. Can Monty fix it in the games left?
 
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