Houston Rockets got a convincing victory at home after defeating the slumping Phoenix Suns 111-97. You may visit us for upcoming Jalen Green updates here!
The All-Star point guard Chris Paul is back but his return spoiled by the young Houston Rockets and it gets worse as their starting center Deandre Ayton and guard Cameron Payne both ended the losing game with an injury. Follow for more NBA today news here!
The Rockets took the game by storm as early as the first half and led by as many as 23 and held that comfortable distance throughout the game. The victory serves as a sweet welcome for the return of Coach Stephen Silas who sidelined previous games following the death of his father.
“It was definitely great to be back,” Silas said in an interview. “I love these guys. I love this team. I kind of didn’t want the game to end because now it’s like real life starts up again.”
This second straight victory for the young Houston Rockets serves as a glimpse of what this team will become in the upcoming years, they recently beat the Milwaukee Bucks which is a great significance for the Rockets this season. Coach Silas was asked about what he feels about returning to work, if things become easier for him.
“I don’t know if it makes it easier or not, but my dad was a coach and he would tell me to coach,’ he said. “Get your butt out there and coach. So that’s what I did.”
The shorthanded Suns found themselves struggling in the middle of the season, they came into this match without the presence of Devin Booker due to hamstring injury while Cameron Johnson had surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his right knee. The good thing is that Chris Paul is back after missing 14 games due to a foot injury. The Suns are currently on a five game losing streak including this defeat to Rockets (9-18), the worst team in the West division. Before halftime, the Suns lost Deandre Ayton and Cameron Payne after both were injured. Ayton injured his left ankle while Payne sustained an injury on the right foot.
Things get worse when their only reliable player Mikal Bridges also struggles with his shooting and scores just 18 points in his 4-0f24 from the field and his worst shooting beyond the arc with just 2 of 10.
“Mikal was 4 of 24. That’s going to be a tough recipe when you don’t have Booker and all the other guys that are out.”
Chris Paul also struggles in his comeback with scoring just 16 points on an abysmal 5 of 17 shooting. Paul said he wasn’t worried about the current struggles of the Suns and he believes that it will get better.
“Not really. As long as the locker room stays positive and understands that it’s a long season. We went on… an 18-game winning streak (last season) and lost in the second round. You know what I mean? In this league you can’t get too high or too low.”
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