A lot of people thought Isaiah Thomas would be the odd point guard out in Phoenix. Boy were they ever wrong.
Thomas scored 18 of his 23 points (more than starters, Goran Dragic - 10 and Eric Bledsoe - 12, combined) in the second half . Including 10 in the fourth quarter. IT rallied Phoenix with his "trademark" impossible drives, layups, floaters, the entire kitchen sink. The Suns beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, 94-89.
Head coach Jeff Hornaeck played Thomas, Dragic and Bledsoe on the floor together at the same time. The Spurs succumbed to that trios pressured defense winning the game in unison.
Crawford had 22 points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Clippers the lead for good (112-109) with 1:37 left in the game. He also helped in holding Kobe Bryant to 1-7 shooting in the fourth, amongst a host of other defenders thrown at Bryant.
|Isaiah Thomas (Suns)||29||10-17||0-3||3-4||1||1||2||4||0||0||2||4||10||23|
|Jamal Crawford (Clippers)||27||5-11||3-8||9-10||0||2||2||5||0||0||0||2||11||22|
|Tony Wroten (76ers)||35||4-11||0-2||6-11||2||1||3||6||3||0||8||4||-6||14|
|Aaron Brooks (Bulls)||20||4-8||2-5||1-2||0||1||1||2||1||0||4||3||-9||11|
|Rodney Stuckey (Pacers)||13||5-10||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||2||1||0||1||0||-||10|
|Spencer Hawes (Clippers)||14||3-5||2-3||1-2||0||4||4||0||1||0||2||1||2||9|
|Robert Sacre (Lakers)||14||2-3||0-0||4-4||1||1||2||0||0||0||3||2||6||8|
|Aron Baynes (Spurs)||12||2-3||0-0||2-2||1||2||3||2||0||0||1||3||3||6|
|Austin Daye (Spurs)||19||2-7||2-6||0-0||0||2||2||2||2||0||1||4||6||6|
|Reggie Evans (Kings)||24||2-7||0-0||0-0||2||4||6||1||0||0||2||4||-14||4|
|Quincy Pondexter (Grizzlies)||23||0-3||0-2||0-0||0||1||1||3||0||0||0||3||-||0|
Tony Wroten continues to put up solid point and assist numbers as the starting shooting guard in Philadelphia, but his turnovers (8) and shooting percentages (4-11 from the field, 6-11 from the free throw line) leave much to be desired in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Wroten did receive some good news as the Bucks exercised his fourth-year option.
Spencer Hawes continues to see his minutes stay close to 20 per game, as his 14 minutes against the Lakers were used mainly for resting DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, rather than the match-up nightmare he could be.
Aaron Brooks continues to contribute solid shooting behind Derrick Rose, and Stuckey, Pondexter, and Evans seem to be settling in to regular rotation roles. It's somewhat surprising that Stuckey, in particular, did not see much of the floor against Memphis, given Indiana doesn't have that many creators off the dribble.
It was also encouraging to see Austin Daye and Baynes continue to receive welcome minutes on a stacked Spurs squad. Daye in particular stands to see his minutes in the 20s if he can land some of those threes.
Who was the best player last night?