The Rundown: Suns slow down Celtics, Kyrie requests for trade

Published February 4, 2023, 2:00 PMMiguel Flores

The Phoenix Suns got a huge road win over the league-leading Celtics and news of Kyrie Irving requesting a trade broke out today.



Pistons 118, Hornets 112

Pacers 107, Kings 104

Trail Blazers 124, Wizards 116

Suns 106, Celtics 94

Raptors 117, Rockets 111

Magic 127, Timberwolves 120

76ers 137, Spurs 125

Hawks 115, Jazz 108

What went down

In a totally normal, drama-filled day around the NBA, the Phoenix Suns low-key got a big road win against the league-leading Boston Celtics.

The Suns controlled the game during the first half, instituting a slow, drawn-out pace that let them limit the Celtics offensively. They led by 12 at the half, but Boston got into their bag in the third quarter with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the charge.

Momentum swung one last time early in the fourth quarter with the Suns’ bench, led by Dario Saric, clobbering the Celtics’ second unit. The Suns went up by 10 early in the final period, which was enough cushion for Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges to close the win out.

Paul had 15 and eight assists while Bridges dropped 25 points. Saric, who has struggled with knee injuries over the last two years, recorded his first double-double since 2020 with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

In a crowded Western Conference, the Suns suddenly look solid winning seven of their last nine games and earning the sixth spot with a 28-26 record. Things are looking up with Devin Booker close to a return from a groin injury that has sidelined him for five weeks. Reports indicate that he could be back by February 7.

In Minnesota, the Pistons and Minnesota got into some malice. The Magic got the win, but most of the highlights you’ll see from this game are from the brawl instigated by Mo Bamba and Austin Rivers.

Five players were ejected after that and, no doubt, suspensions and fines are inbound. With the way they’re posting on Instagram, Bamba and Rivers are going to get their money’s worth.

Big-time baller

Anfernee Simons came up huge for the Portland Trail Blazers, leading their comeback win against the Washington Wizards.

Simons did most of his damage in the second half as the Blazers worked on trimming Washington’s 20-point lead. By the end, the former 24th overall pick drilled nine triples for 33 points with five rebounds and six assists.

The Blazers are hanging around the play-in picture in the West and Simons’ consistency is a big reason why. He’s averaging career-highs in points per game (21.7) and field goal percentage (45.1).

What he said

Anthony Edwards showed during his pregame media availability today why Wolves fans love him. Asked about being snubbed in this year’s All-Star selection, Edwards had a pretty level-headed view of his performance this season.

Did you see that?

The push notification you probably woke up to today was Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade. It was a good three drama-free months but this is at par for the course in the Kyrie Irving experience.

Apparently, the Nets wanted clauses on Kyrie’s extension to pay out with different conditions, such as playing a percentage of games and winning a title. Irving’s camp was having none of it.

Just when we thought we were in for a dull trade season, this happened. Some players have already expressed their thoughts on the news.