Suns cool down after hot start

Photo by Cydney McFarland

Photo by Cydney McFarland

Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns returned home and dropped the second of their home-and-home series with the Sacramento Kings. The loss was the team’s fourth in a row after starting the season at 5-2.

Phoenix has played every opponent close so far this season, with only two of the team’s 11 games decided by more than 10 points, both wins.

The Suns’ main problem this season has been having one bad quarter ruin an otherwise well-played game. In Wednesday’s loss to Sacramento, the team only scored 12 points in the third quarter to Sacramento’s 19, which turned out to be the difference in the game. If the Suns had put up an adequate quarter of basketball, the game could have turned out differently.

As a team that not many picked to be competitive at all, the Phoenix Suns have been a pleasant surprise — or not so pleasant, depending on which fans you talk to. The schedule continues to get tougher, with many top teams still to come the rest of the season, and it will be interesting how this young team will respond.

The Suns have been an exciting team to watch so far this season, electrifying the US Airways Center with a plethora of three-pointers and dunks from the likes of Gerald Green and Eric Bledsoe and playing close in nearly every game this year. The crowds have been average for what Phoenix was expecting, but if the team keeps playing exciting basketball, they could grow as the season continues.