Thunder @ Suns Sunday game thread, 11-12-2023

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Halftime:

Suns 59 - Thunder 54
 

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Game rotation paid creat attention to defense. It's also the right concept to use Okogie on O, with KD and Beal trawing so much attention, there is a lot space for him to operate in paint.
 
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Nurkic was scoreless in the 1st half.
 
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Durant knocked down under the basket. No foul.
 
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OKC driving to the basket successfully.
 

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Allen is not the problem. He's not a lockdown defender but he's one of our top 5 players, including the big 3. It's debatable who has been more vital as to Nurkic or Allen thus far in the season. Gordon is probably #6 but the gap between 5 and 6 is pretty big.

Okogie is the problem. He needs to sit. He won't help us against a quality OKC team with good size. He needs to stay out of the rotation.
I wouldn't say the gap between Allen & Gordon is pretty big. Gordon has a offense punch that is more consistent than Allen. Allen which I like for the Suns but his offense isn't as good as he goes long periods of nothing then bam. Neither Gordon or Allen is a lockdown defensive player. But they both are needed role players. Book & Beal will do the majority of damage to the opposition.
 
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Nurkic gets his first basket.
 
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End of 3rd quarter:

Suns 86 - Thunder 80
 
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Durant has to work to hard to keep the Suns in the game. His shot appears off right now. Maybe some fatigue setting in.
 
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It's that time of game where the Suns melt down. OKC leads 92-91.
 

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I do not enjoy watching this team so far this year. I miss Bridges and Cam. Sue me.
 
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This is such a familiar situation with the Suns falling apart in the 4th quarter.
 
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