As the Phoenix Suns prepare to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, they are looking to prevent their most recent five-game losing streak from continuing. If they cannot reignite their winning ways soon, they may slip below .500 for the first time since the start of this season.
The Suns experienced a similar skid in December when they lost five games consecutively, and have gone on to lose 8 out of their last 9 games following their latest loss against the Miami Heat with a score of 104-96. It’s time for them to step up and find a way to break out of this funk if they want to remain at the top of their game.
Can the Suns rise again?
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Phoenix Suns Injuries
With the Phoenix Suns already without multiple key players due to injury, including Devin Booker, Cam Johnson, and Cameron Payne, news broke of the exiting of Chris Paul in the second quarter with a right hip soreness. Damion Lee assumed Paul’s role of starting the second half, a familiar task as Paul had also sat out for fourteen games earlier this season due to right heel soreness.
“We just have to keep at it,” Suns center Deandre Ayton said. “We can come up with a bunch of excuses and next-man-up mentality. … We’ve been turning the ball over. We have to make sure we stay disciplined when it comes to our basketball.”
The team is now tasked with facing a handicap as they press forward in their goal for playoff contention. Although many face great doubts about them achieving this kind of triumph, all eyes will be watching if the Suns can prove their doubters wrong.
Cleveland Cavaliers Seeking for Repeat
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to repeat the result of their last meeting. It was Evan Mobley who made the difference that night as his 14-foot jumper, from Donovan Mitchell with only four seconds left, sealed the 90-88 victory of the Cavs over the Suns.
It was a much-needed win for the Cavaliers and an impressive one given that it came off a rebound from Mitchell whose earlier 71-point game placed him in league history. While both Mitchell and Mobley played important roles, it was Mobley’s mid-range shot that gave the team their winning edge after returning to play following a two-game hiatus due to an ankle injury.
Both teams put up a great fight last week but we can expect the Cavs to have relief in defense as the core offensive players for the Suns will not be available.