Have the Lakers Forced the Suns into a Trade?

December 8th, 2009 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
The first time the Suns came into the Staples Center nearly a month ago, they were sporting a four-game winning streak and had a chance to tie the best 10-game start in franchise history (9-1).

More importantly, they had a chance to add to their list of impressive victories that included wins over the Celtics and the Heat.  At the time, the Suns were averaging 112 points, the best in the NBA, with a shooting percentage over 50 percent.

Phoenix played a Lakers team that was minus a recuperating Pau Gasol.  The Suns left the Staples Center with their heads handed to them in a 121-102 loss and a season-low shooting percentage of 36.5.

Their excuse: the schedule; seven cities in 10 days.  "We were a tired team," said Steve Nash. "We came out really flat. We missed a lot of easy shots that we normally knock down. It's been a tough stretch for us and I'm glad it's over."

Phoenix returned to the Staples Center Sunday night.  This time Gasol was on the court for the Lakers, and the result was even worse.  The Suns had their heads handed to them once again, 108-88.  It was Phoenix’ lowest point total so far this season.

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