The Phoenix Suns must be inspired by the number 11-Seed Loyola-Chicago, which made it to the Final Four – they almost suffered their own gigantic nuisance on Friday night.
Without their two best scorers, Devin Booker and TJ Warren, NBA's worst Suns almost defeated the NBA-best Rockets in Houston. It looked as if Phoenix had almost sealed the deal when rookie Josh Jackson made a clutch pull-up jumper over Clint Capela 1
Unfortunately for the Suns, that was 1.4 seconds too long. After Jackson got a little lost on the screen, Gerald Green found himself wide open for a corner 3, and he buried it without hesitation as the buzzer sounded.
To be fair, the Rockets were without Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, but that's no excuse for almost losing to a team that is actively tanking to get the highest possible traction. After all, the Rockets defeated on Sunday also a loss-oriented Atlanta Hawks team without Paul in the lineup. This is actually a best-case scenario for the Suns, as they can now say that they hang out there with the best team in the league, but their efforts are not hindered by a pesky victory.
It was the eleventh straight victory for the Rockets who have recently locked up the top seed in the Western Conference. It was lost in the score book as a win, but it was almost the most embarrassing loss of the NBA season.