Suns become 1st team in shot clock era to score under 10 points in back-to-back 1st quarters
The Phoenix Suns are having a terrible season, and they achieved a milestone Thursday that no team ever wants to achieve. As an insult to injury to their already dismal campaign, the Suns became the first team in the shot clock era to score under points in back-to-back first quarters:
The Suns are the first team in the shot clock era to be held under 10 points in the first quarter of back-to-back games (since 1954-55).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 7, 2018
Phoenix pulled off this feat by scoring just nine points in Thursday’s first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers. With No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton coming off the bench in favor of Richaun Holmes, the Blazers outscored the visiting Suns in the first quarter of their matchup, 34-9.
This comes after Phoenix opened the first quarter of Tuesday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings in forgettable fashion by also scoring only nine points. The Kings pulverized the Suns’ defense by pouring in 36 points in that opening quarter.
Phoenix lost that game by a final score of 122-105, and Thursday’s game resulted in a 108-86 defeat and a 4-21 record. The Suns have lost seven games in a row, and all but one of those losses have come by double digits.
With Devin Booker sidelined due to a hamstring injury, there isn’t too much hope on the horizon for Phoenix. The Suns will be playing for a top draft pick yet again, which is something they’ve become used to in recent history. Unfortunately, that hasn’t resulted in any team success as things just keep getting worse and worse out in the desert.