The Phoenix Suns have benefitted from some shorthanded squads this season and that’ll continue on their East Coast road trip, the toughest stretch of the season.
On Wednesday the Suns dropped the Philadelphia 76ers as the hosts were without Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and Seth Curry.
All three players were questionable heading into the game, and the 76ers play the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
Thursday’s opponent, the Boston Celtics, will not feature Robert Williams and could be down Jaylen Brown, Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker.
The Suns won the first meeting back in early February, a game the All-Star Brown also missed. Walker had a rough go in that one, shooting 4-of-20, while the new Celtic Fournier had a great 21-point outing in Phoenix’s loss to the Orlando Magic on March 24.
The hits keep on coming, as MVP candidate James Harden is out indefinitely for Sunday’s opposition, the Brooklyn Nets, after re-aggravating his hamstring.
As for Kevin Durant, after missing nearly two months for a hamstring issue, he returned for only five games before exiting a game Sunday with a thigh contusion and hasn’t played since. Head coach Steve Nash said Tuesday that Durant’s scans confirmed it is a day-to-day issue. Durant is listed as out for the team’s game on Wednesday.
Phoenix lost its only other meeting with Brooklyn back on Feb. 16, with Durant and Kyrie Irving out, while Harden scored 38 points.