The Phoenix Suns lost to the Washington Wizards at home on Tuesday night by a score of 113-110, just when it seemed like they were back on track after winning three straight games following a debilitating five-game losing run. In spite of playing without Kristaps Porzingis and entering the game having lost its previous ten games, Washington managed to snare a victory in the desert.
The public disagreement that occurred during a huddle between head coach Monty Williams and center Deandre Ayton hurt the Suns’ image. Williams stated in the postgame press conference that he was not only upset with Ayton, but also with the entire Sun’s squad for their subpar performance on the court.
By Way of Az Central’s Duane Rankin:
“In such moments, the entire squad was there. Not just Deandre was failing to perform as expected; the entire team was. There was some dissatisfaction, but things like that happen. That incident did not include just one person or one player.
The Washington game featured many squandered opportunities for the Suns. Despite having a +9 lead in field goal attempts, they only succeeded in 46.1 percent of their attempts from the floor. Phoenix’s defense also appeared to be worn out, which led to careless fouls that gave the Wizards a total of 37 free-throw attempts to the Suns’ 19 attempts.
Despite the loss to the Wizards, Phoenix is still thought to be a title candidate in the NBA, but the Suns cannot afford to have any more of their harmony ruined by their emotions.