Even though Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal did not make their regular season debuts against the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns were still at the top of their game, particularly offensively. They were unstoppable, making 17 of their 31 three-point tries while shooting 54.8 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the field to win 133-115.
In a make or miss league, it’s difficult to lose when the entire team is shooting the ball at an efficient clip; Durant, in fact, missed just four of his 15 shot attempts, while Booker, who dropped his third 30-piece of the season in three games, made 54.5 percent of his 22 shot attempts. They also got some help from the rest of the roster, with Eric Gordon pitching in 15 points of his own on 6-9 shooting from the field.
While some regression to the mean is to be expected, as there’s simply no way that the Suns proceed to shoot this well on a consistent basis, Gordon is setting a high standard for his team, saying that these sorts of offensive explosions should be the rule, not the exception to it.
“On offense, we ought to be invincible. This ought to be the norm. 130, on average, points. Not at all? On the top defensive team, score 133. This ought to be the norm. According to Duane Rankin of AZ Central, Gordon told reporters following the Suns’ victory over the Timberwolves, “That’s how good we can be.”