The Phoenix Suns travel to Oklahoma City on Sunday night to take on the Thunder. The Suns did not come into the season with high expectations but have started off strong and are currently 2-0 after an impressive opening night win against the Portland Trailblazers before their thrilling victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday. The Thunder are considered to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference, but have come out of the gate somewhat sloppy. After defeating the Jazz by three points on Wednesday, they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves and were rolled over by the team which earned just 31 wins one season ago.
The Thunder are one of the premier teams in the league and there should not be anything to worry about – yet. Superstar Kevin Durant will certainly help them get back and he combined with the efforts of Russell Westbrook who is making his season debut on Sunday night after an injury he suffered in last season’s playoffs, expect the Thunder to once again, receive one of the top seeds in the conference.
Thus far, Phoenix has played very well and maybe, just maybe, are not as bad as many projected them to be entering the season. Eric Bledsoe, who is in his fourth year in the league but just his first with the Suns is poised for a breakout year. The 6′ 1″ guard is averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, including a game-winning three against the Jazz to propel his new team to a 2-0 start. There are also heartwarming stories surrounding the team. Channing Frye was back on the court after missing all of last season with an enlarged heart. Dionte Christmas made his NBA debut the following game, after years of playing overseas and waiting for his chance in the league.
The Suns are better than advertised, but the Thunder are still, well, the Thunder. Not only do they boast players such as Durant and Westbrook, but teammates like Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and others are more than capable of impacting the game. Phoenix won’t go down quietly, but the game belongs to Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Thunder, 101 – Phoenix Suns, 89
National TV: NBATV
Local TV: FS Oklahoma HD, FSAZ
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET