Phoenix will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they travel to Houston on Tuesday night. The Suns have been on a rough run lately, with five losses in their first six December games following a streak of success at the end of November. But the Suns will be up against an experienced Houston team that just scored an impressive win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
It’s unclear who will come out ahead on this key matchup, but one thing is for sure – both teams are gearing up for an intense game. The game starts at 8:10 pm EST at Toyota Center.
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Cloudy Stretch for the Suns
The Phoenix Suns started the season strong, registering a 6-1 record in their first seven games. This impressive start was shortly followed by a five-game losing streak, only to be responded to with seven consecutive wins. However, this promising team has regressed again and lost four straight games. Currently, the Suns are on a four-game road trip and in a stretch of six road games in seven total.
This weekend was particularly hard on them as they played back-to-back in New Orleans, with both resulting in losses. Although it may seem like bad news for members of Suns Nation, there is still hope for the Phoenix Suns as they strive to break out of this rut and get back on the winning track.
Sunday’s game indicated the Phoenix Suns’ current dilemma: the team will struggle to score points and compete if guard Devin Booker cannot play for any length of time. Center Deandre Ayton had a stellar performance in Sunday’s loss, scoring 28 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, but unfortunately, he fouled out at the end of regulation.
Booker has been ruled out for this game due to hamstring tightness, while Ayton is now the team’s second-leading scorer (17.5 PPG) and leading rebounder (9.8 RPG). Mikal Bridges adds 15.8 PPG, and he will be tasked with creating additional scoring chances without Booker on the floor.
Suns-Rockets-Bucks Trade Talks
The Phoenix Suns recently broke into three-team trade talks that would have sent Jae Crowder to the Milwaukee Bucks, four second-round picks to the Houston Rockets, and Eric Gordon and/or Kenyon Martin Jr. to the Suns. The transaction has been held up by Houston’s demands for a first-round pick for each of Gordon and Martin, as opposed to four second-rounders.
To complicate matters further, several contending teams have also shown interest in obtaining Gordon from the Rockets. As for Martin, Houston is less willing to entertain trading him away following an impressive breakout season with significant contributions this year.