It is pretty safe to say that the Phoenix Suns aren’t missing the services of Jae Crowder currently, steamrolling their way to a 6-1 record that lands them at the top of the Western Conference. Their 116-107 home win against the Minnesota Timberwolves emphasizes this current trend, with who else than Cameron Johnson leading the pack scoring a season-high 29 points on incredible efficiency going 10-17 from the field and 7-11 from three. Clearly, Johnson is embracing the starter role after Jae has not reported with the team since last year’s Game 7 loss against the Mavericks and is not looking back.
Johnson is truly showing his marksmanship behind the arc this season, shooting at a 44% clip from three on about 7 attempts per game. Post game, teammate and other half of the “Twins” Mikal Bridges praised Johnson for how he has fulfilled his role stating,
“I’m just so excited for him. Every time he shoots, I feel like it’s going to go in every single time.”
@mikal_bridges on Cam Johnson
Bridges himself as usual provided as the ultimate glue guy harassing defenders constantly and adding a hyper-efficient 7-10 shooting for 17 points while being a team-high +20 on the field. Both Johnson and Bridges contributions were especially significant tonight due to Devin Booker picking up his 5th foul in the 4th, causing the Suns to bench him and look for other sources of offense.
The continued evolution of the Suns young core is extremely fun to watch from a fan’s perspective, and will result in more comfortability for players such as Johnson, Bridges, and Ayton for the Playoffs when they will be put in a position to make big plays. Therefore, the backseat of Chris Paul into more of a traditionally passing role while also increasing the play of the game will be a huge proponent of long-term success for the team.
The Suns look to take on the Portland Trailblazers in a back-to-back home-stand on Friday and Saturday, in which the team will have more clarity on Deandre Ayton’s injury status.
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