Chris Paul, Suns are their own worst critic after near-collapse vs. Hawks
The Phoenix Suns held off the Atlanta Hawks to win 117-110 at home on Tuesday night. Despite coming home with the W, the Suns were extremely critical of themselves and their mistakes during parts of the fourth quarter.
Monty Williams said he thought the Suns' execution in the clutch was good tonight, but it was the minutes leading up to that, the ones that made it possible, that weren't quite good enough
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) March 31, 2021
Head coach Monty Williams was happy with how the team closed the game, but was wary of the tough play down the stretch that allowed the Hawks to get back into the game. A flurry of buckets from Atlanta midway through the fourth quarter cut down an eight-point Phoenix lead. The Suns miscues during that period did not sit right with savvy veteran Chris Paul.
“We gotta be better. That’s probably the most frustrating part for me – we closed the game out, but we shouldn’t have been in that situation.”
Although the game had some shaky moments, the Suns were able to persevere in the end, indicative of their play overall this season. The Valley Boys are playing great basketball, sitting comfortably in the ultra-competitive Western conference’s second seed.
The team surge to the top has been fueled by the team’s two all stars: Paul and Devin Booker. Booker is averaging 25.1 points per game to go along with Paul’s 8.5 assists, solidifying the team’s offense. The two stars are flanked by a bevy of talented role players, featuring Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, and Deandre Ayton.
The Suns have been on the outside looking in to the playoffs for years, last making the postseason in the 2009-10 season. Their latest campaign to make the playoffs saw the squad dominate in the NBA bubble, finishing with an undefeated 8-0 record. While that was not enough last season to make it in, this season Phoenix will not only feature in the postseason, but will likely hold home court advantage.