Usually when I travel for work I’m a little bummed. As much as I love to see new places, doing so without Ashley just doesn’t feel right. Luckily she’s been able to fly out and stay with me for some of the trips (Savannah & Tybee Island), but it usually doesn’t work out that way. This time, being in Phoenix, is one of them.
Typically when we’re finished shooting for the day, I resort back to my hotel room for cheap beer and pretzels, making phone calls to friends I haven’t talked to in a while and catching up with Ashley and what she’s doing. Today, however, some people who know people managed to hook the crew and I up with free tickets to tonight’s Suns game vs. the Golden State Warriors. Going to a game is always fun, but seeing one in an arena and 2 teams I’ve never seen in person before is more than a treat. Christmas present from the basketball gods?
The Phoenix Suns were expected to struggle this season, but they’ve done anything but that. At 12-9, they are currently 6th in the West in the midst of a 4-game winning streak. After coming off a career high 28 points, Eric Bledsoe is proving he was well worth it when the Suns signed him earlier this year. After 3 seasons with the Clippers as a backup to Chris Paul, he’s proved he can start in this league, so far averaging 19 points and 6 assists a game and building a solid backcourt with teammate Goran Dragic. It’s still early, but expect big things from this kid/running back/freak of nature.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are struggling a little more than expected with a 13-11 record and currently out of the playoff picture, but that should change. Up-and-coming household name Steph Curry has continued to shine, and with the addition of their modern-day Scottie Pippen they should pick things up as the season continues. Despite their current position of 9th in the West, I’m still expecting this team to be one of the last few standing in the end.
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