They’ll get to answer that in front of their home fans for the first time in a week when they host the Knicks on Friday night. The Suns will be looking for some payback in the process after losing in overtime at New York back in January.
Will Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe continue their stellar play? Is Carmelo Anthony still on fire from the field? That and more will draw our attention.
Both teams are in the midst of a playoff race in their respective conferences. As of Thursday, Phoenix was tied with Dallas, but tiebreaker stipulations gave the Suns the edge for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Meanwhile New York is on the outside looking in, two games behind eighth-place Atlanta.
You can be sure both teams will come out determined to snag a win they both need.
When Phoenix last saw the Knicks, the Suns were in the midst of their worst shooting stretch of the season. At the Big Apple, they hit just 35.5 percent of their shots.
Their recent output couldn’t be more dissimilar. Since Eric Bledsoe’s return on March 12, the Suns are shooting better than 48 percent from the field. More importantly, they’re also defending better. Only one of their last five opponents has scored over 100 points.
Bledsoe & Dragic
The stat lines from the two Suns’ guards in Wednesday’s win at Washington...
Goran Dragic: 25 points, seven rebounds six assists.
Eric Bledsoe: 23 points, six rebounds, seven assists
The two shared similar average stats before Bledsoe went down with a knee injury earlier this season. It’s no coincidence that, with them producing at a near mirror-image level, Phoenix is thriving.
Anthony may have been inefficient (9-for-24 FG) agains the Suns in January, but he still bulled his way to 29 points and 16 rebounds.
He’s been on fire of late, putting up 30.4 points while shooting 40 percent from three over his last five games.
It will be up to P.J. Tucker to keep Anthony out of his comfort zone.
Give Gerald Green credit. He’s responded well despite beginning the season off the bench, filling in off and on as a starter, then being relegated back to a reserve role after Bledsoe returned.
It only took him two games to adjust, however. Green is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 50 percent from the field over the last seven games. That’s despite logging just 25.5 minutes per contest in that stretch.
The season is winding down! Don’t miss your chance to catch arguably the “best story in the NBA” in action right here at US Airways Center! Head on over to Suns.com’s Ticket Central to get your tickets now!