Between Sebastian Telfair’s wounded pride and Marcin Gortat’s injured foot, the Suns were in a world of hurt Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
The Suns held onto the good feeling of their first three-game winning streak since mid-December with the same aplomb that they fumbled away the ball as if it was buttered. The Suns assisted the Raptors as much as Toronto’s point guards, but Telfair had a vengeful effort there to send the Raptors to a 98-71 rout of the listless Suns at US Airways Center.
The Suns hardly resembled a team that upset San Antonio on the road and Atlanta at home. They barely avoided a 32-year-old franchise-record scoring low and made their most turnovers (29) since 1999. Against a skidding, bad team, the Suns looked more like the team that needed a Wes Johnson tip-in to avoid the ignominy of not reaching the 68-point franchise low against Oklahoma City on Feb. 8 or the one that needed a Luke Zeller jumper to avoid a second-half franchise scoring low Jan. 11 at Brooklyn.
The Suns sat on 65 points until Marcus Morris made two 3-pointers in the final two minutes, making him the Suns’ only double-digit scorer in the game.
“I do not see one bright spot to take from that other than it is over,” Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter said.
“We see how we respond after having some success, having some days off. You come out and there’s no energy, no focus.”
Phoenix Suns end win streak with loss to Toronto Raptors
Arizona Republic | Mar 7