The Phoenix Suns hope 2023 can propel a recent sense of play and hunger after dropping their previous five-of-six games.
With no Devin Booker and up to date developments suggesting Cam Johnson will not be back as soon as expected, the Suns will finish their road trip with games against the Recent York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers before returning home for matchups against the Miami Heat and Cavaliers (again).
Their recent form has dropped them outside of the league’s top ten in two notable weekly power rankings:
Weekly slate: Win at Grizzlies, Loss at Wizards, Loss at Raptors
Zach Harper on Phoenix’s Recent 12 months’s resolution: “Be sure that the body parts of Devin Booker get healthy and stay healthy. Nearly as good as this team is and may be, they’re not doing anything significant without their best player with the ability to lead them. Chris Paul is pruning up before our eyes on the basketball court, and the Phoenix Suns just need Booker at his best to get them back into contention.”
John Schuhmann: “Without Devin Booker for not less than one other 12 games and with guys like Torrey Craig and Josh Okogie playing more minutes, the Suns may must be a hard-nosed defensive team that also scraps on the glass … More vital is that the Suns are actually only one loss away from matching their overall total from last season (once they were 64-18). They’ve obviously missed Booker’s offense as they’ve lost seven of their nine games without him (including the Christmas loss through which he barely played), but their defense has also seen the league’s third biggest jump in points allowed per 100 possessions from last season (106.8, third).
“And as fun because it’s been to see Craig and Okogie scrap, this team also misses Jae Crowder and Cam Johnson. It’s slipped into seventh place within the Western Conference, only a game ahead of the ninth-place Warriors.
“To avoid falling further within the West, the Suns could have to win some games against the East. Their six-game trip concludes in Recent York and Cleveland, they usually’ll play two more games against the East upon returning home.”