Faced with Wolves who continue to disappoint (five defeats in six games), the Suns held their rank and did what was necessary to stay in touch with the Jazz at the top of the Western Conference. Last night, however, they were deprived of their maestro, Chris Paulinjured in the heel Tuesday night against the Sixers.
But, in the absence of “CP3”, Monty Williams’ men were once again able to count on a super Devin Booker (32 points, 10 assists), perfectly supported by Mikal Bridges (31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Cameron Payne (23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists).
A successful performance collectively, and in particular offensively (31 assists out of 47 baskets, with an address of 49% on shots and 46% at 3-pts), which obviously had the gift of delighting the All-Star rear.
” That’s what we always stand for: play a good style of basketball », explained Devin Booker. ” We have a lot of talented players in the team. There are some very good players who don’t usually get the chance to play but are now in the rotation. So everyone takes advantage of the opportunities. »
Efficiency as a watchword
Cameron Payne being undoubtedly the one who took advantage of the opportunity the most. Without Chris Paul, he joined Phoenix’s starting five and delivered his best game of the season. Making (almost) forget his All-Star leader at times, with his ability to push the ball and organize the attack, while clean (no loss of ball).
” I felt good, I take every game as they come “, he delivered, regarding his performance. ” [J’ai pu aller] in the painting, attacking the circle, using my speed. […] I set the tone and took care of the ball. Coming off the bench, I lost a few balls, but that was not the case [hier] evening, that was one of my concerns. I wanted to be efficient, without losing the ball. In addition to fighting, helping my teammates, setting up the attack and defending against big or small. »
As for the very effective Mikal Bridges (12/20 on shots), who established himself as Devin Booker’s main lieutenant against Minnesota, if not more in the first (13 points) and last (10 points) quarters- time, he knew how to show himself ” aggressive “thanks to his teammates who have” well found “.
“ He is incredible “, judged bluntly about him Devin Booker. “ He just keeps getting better and that’s the most impressive thing about him. The confidence is there, the aggressiveness too and he does the job on each side of the field. That is the most important. »
However, Devin Booker still had a small remark to make to his tireless teammate (320 games in a row): “ He shoots way too much and doesn’t pass the ball enough… », had fun the man with nearly 28 points4 rebounds and 6 assists on average…
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