“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Said Suns Coach Earl Watson after the 124-76 loss to the Blazers on opening night. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”
The Blazers were probably a little pissed because they were playing without CJ McCollum, who was suspended because he left the bench during the Blazers and Suns baby fight a week ago. Without McCollum, Damian Lillard put up 27 points in three quarters and Pat Connaughton came off the bench and scored a career-high 24.
There isn’t much to analyze or breakdown from the game so let’s just look at the 10 crazy stats from the Suns worst loss ever.
- The 48-point beatdown is the worst on opening day history, topping the Nuggets 46-point beatdown on the Clippers in 1987.
- The 48 is also just two points shy of the franchise record (50 vs the Cavs in 1982).
- The Suns were only losing by 8 after the first quarter. They were down by as much as 58 in the fourth quarter
- Connaughton’s career-high of 24 is three more points than the Suns team scored in any quarter (they scored 21 twice).
- The Blazers bench outscored the Suns bench 61-26.
- 6 Suns players failed to make more than one field goal while playing at least 11 minutes; Ulis, Jones & Bender combined to shoot 0-9
- The Suns were outrebounded 57-33. Suns Center Tyson Chandler had just 3 in 23 minutes; Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic had 11 in 23 minutes.
- The Suns had just 10 total assists while Damian Lillard’s 5 was a game-high.
- The Blazers had just as many turnovers (16) as the Suns. His +1 was tied with Alec Peters for highest on the team.
- The one shining Sun was Mike James, who scored 12 points in 11 minutes off the bench
“It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” Said Devin Booke, whose career-high is just 6 points less than his team’s total output.
On a positive note, they all looked in sync at times…