PHOENIX — The Portland Trail Blazers started a three-game road trip versus some of the better competition in the Western Conference with a 132-100 loss to the Suns Monday night at Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona’s capitol.
“First half, I thought we were close,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “Defensively there were a few things here and there but I didn’t think we were that far off in the first half. But obviously in the third quarter, offensively, we didn’t shoot the ball well, we didn’t score and they were very efficient… It went off track in the third quarter, which is an understatement.”
The Trail Blazers are now 18-12 overall and 10-6 on the road this season. Portland has now lost their last two games on the heels of a season-best six game win streak.
Monday’s game didn’t start out especially well for the road team, though they managed to make do for a while. Portland turned the ball over three times before they made their first basket and would eventually give the ball away eight times in the first quarter, which the Suns converted into eight points.
Though by virtue of shooting 10-of-19 from the field and scoring eight second chance points, the Trail Blazers managed to head into the second quarter down by six, a triumph considering the way their night started.
And when Rodney Hood scored the first seven points of the second quarter…