Suns blowing double digit leads

slider phoenix_sunsThe Phoenix Suns, like all NBA teams this season, are being forced to play games on back-to-back-to-back nights. The last three games for the Suns have been such a stretch and for all three, they found themselves in loss column at the end of the night.

Losing all three during that stretch isn’t even the most frustrating part for the Suns. Against Golden State on Monday and again against Atlanta on Wednesday, the Suns held double digit leads in the second half, but weren’t able to close out the game.

“It’s one of those deals where we play good basketball for 35, 38 minutes but you know it’s a 48 minute game,” explained Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry after his teams’ 101-99 loss to Atlanta.

“It’s obviously frustrating,” added Suns Guard Jared Dudley who had 11 points against the Hawks. “It’s not like it’s the first quarter, it’s the third quarter or going into the fourth so to see it slip away you always look like what happened?”

The Suns lead by as many as 15 against the Hawks Wednesday before being outscored by the Hawks by 11 points in the second half.

But Suns point guard Steve Nash explained that this is not a new trend with this team.

“It’s kind of been the story of our season,” said Nash. “We’ve had a lot of leads that have gone and evaporated on us. It’s been frustrating but we need to keep plugging away and see if we can find an answer.”

The Suns returned home for one game but are right back out on the road as they will face division rival the Los Angeles Lakers Friday from Staples Center.

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