Despite their franchise record and the qualifications that await them, Suns shouldn’t go too fast

First place in the league confirmed and field advantage validated, was the eyes of the sun already turning towards the playoffs? However, there is still a lot of interest in the closing days of the regular season, with a franchise record ready to grab it.

However, Phoenix has lost two games in a row, which is a rarity this season (third appearance). But it’s the format that troubles Monty Williams above all else, as the Grizzlies and Thunder have developed with very dwindling teams.

‘The level of intensity, the competitive spirit was not there, never two matches in a row’sorry for AZ Central boss.

In the loss to Oklahoma City, the league leaders also decided to leave the executives in the fridge: Devin Booker, Dender Eaton and Jay Crowder didn’t play. But this does not excuse everything.

“We missed a lot of open shots, especially at 3 points”notes the coach, who faces 7/38 behind his soldiers’ arc. ‘We weren’t very good defensively’Chris Paul adds. “We had good shots throughout the game, we didn’t shoot anything. That’s not us. Usually, we impose our defense. We have to talk about OKC, they managed the ball well.”

“We shouldn’t envision ourselves, or even think about the playoffs. We need to get back to our standards.”

Do the Suns’ legs tremble at the thought of winning that 63rd game of the season, synonymous with a franchise record, or rather already heading into the playoffs? Whatever the answer, the coach wants to get back to a level of play more in line with recent months.

“Everyone is talking about the 63rd win, the record. Not me.”says Monty Williams. “Because I know how important it is to prepare, and the next match as well. We must not envision ourselves, or even think about the playoffs. We must find our standards, the ones we usually project on the decks.”

We can also imagine sufficiency among the 2021 finalists, against the Grizzlies who played without Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr, Desmond Bane, Steven Adams or even Tyus Jones, and then against Thunder with several absentees: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Darius Bazley, Lu Dort, Derrick Favors, Mike Muscala, and Ty Jerome.

“It should not be taken too much, nor should it be taken lightly”Chris Paul analyzes the face of these two defeats, respectively. “We don’t want to reach the qualifiers with difficulty. We want the team to develop with the right energy and the right dynamism. We don’t play to lose. I tell you. We will be better.”

A rebound is expected on Tuesday night against the Lakers.

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players GM minimum shots 3 points LF About Dave Early pd baby Int CT Ceremony points
Devin Booker 66 34.5 46.4 37.7 86.5 0.7 4.3 5.0 4.9 2.4 1.2 0.4 2.6 26.6
Dender Eaton 56 29.5 63.6 35.3 74.3 2.5 7.7 10.2 1.4 1.6 0.7 0.7 2.4 17.1
Chris Paul 63 33.0 49.2 32.1 83.5 0.3 4.0 4.3 10.7 2.4 1.9 0.3 2.1 14.9
Michael Bridges 78 35.5 53.2 37.1 82.8 0.9 3.4 4.3 2.3 0.8 1.2 0.5 1.9 14.4
Cameron Johnson 62 26.3 46.6 43.6 87.0 0.6 3.5 4.1 1.5 0.7 0.8 0.2 1.7 12.7
Cameron Payne 56 22.0 41.1 33.7 84.3 0.4 2.6 3.0 4.8 1.8 0.7 0.3 2.1 10.9
Frank Kaminsky 9 20.1 54.5 33.3 90.0 1.2 3.3 4.6 1.4 0.6 0.9 0.8 1.6 10.6
Jay Crowder 65 28.3 40.3 35.1 79.8 0.4 4.8 5.3 1.8 0.8 1.4 0.4 2.6 9.5
Gaval McGee 70 15.7 63.6 25.0 71.5 2.2 4.5 6.6 0.6 1.3 0.3 1.1 2.5 9.3
Landry Chamett 65 20.7 39.5 37.8 83.8 0.2 1.6 1.8 1.6 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.3 8.1
Aaron’s Holiday 18 16.4 46.8 54.2 95.7 0.6 1.8 2.4 3.5 1.3 0.9 0.0 1.2 6.8
Tori Craig 23 21.1 44.4 28.4 70.6 0.9 3.5 4.4 1.3 1.0 0.9 0.7 2.0 6.6
Galen Smith 29 13.2 46.0 23.1 76.9 1.9 2.9 4.8 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.6 1.8 6.0
Bismak Piombo 33 13.5 58.7 0.0 51.5 1.8 2.6 4.4 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.7 1.9 5.5
Elfred Payton 48 10.9 39.2 23.5 40.0 0.4 1.3 1.8 2.0 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.8 3.0
Paris Pass 2 3.7 33.3 0.0 100.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 3.0
Abdel Nader 14 10.4 34.3 28.6 60.0 0.3 1.6 1.9 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.3 1.4 2.4
Justin Jackson 6 5.8 35.7 33.3 0.0 0.2 1.0 1.2 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.2
Ismael Wainwright 42 7.2 36.0 27.9 58.3 0.5 0.6 1.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 1.0 1.7
Chandler Hutchison 6 3.7 50.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.7
Emmanuel Terry 3 6.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 2.3 5.0 0.7 1.7 0.3 0.0 1.3 0.0
MG Walker 2 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
Gabriel Lundberg 1 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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