Wednesday featured what seemed to be an excellent cross-conference matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. Both teams came into the game as the top seed in their respective conference, but the game did not play out as close as it appeared on paper.
Phoenix suffered an embarrassing loss, ultimately falling in the game 125-98. The game was practically over by halftime, with the Celtics finishing out the first half with a 69-42 lead.
The Suns were able to keep the game somewhat respectable, but the lead grew as high as 45 points for the Celtics mid-way through the third quarter.
Suns star Devin Booker was never able to get anything going in the game, finishing the game with just 15 points shooting just 35% from the field.
Considering how well both teams had been playing this year coming into the matchup, it was certainly a shocking result. Many took to social media to blast the Suns for the horrible performance on social media.
One year ago, the Boston Celtics were 13-13 and were tough to watch.
They are beating the Suns by 40 right now in Phoenix and will extend the best record in the NBA to 21-5.
And they have done it with interim coach Joe Mazzulla and without Robert Williams.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 8, 2022
Pass the sticks @Suns
It's over. pic.twitter.com/ZusTlVsgqE
— Playmaker Betting (@playmakerbet) December 8, 2022
The #Celtics are up FORTY-FIVE POINTS halfway thru the third quarter in Phoenix! Time for the Suns to wave the white flag.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) December 8, 2022
The Phoenix Suns should be ASHAMED of themselves 😭😭
— Ishaan Bhattacharya (@IshaanBhatta) December 8, 2022
Does anyone know if there’s a way for Phoenix to forfeit this game so I can go to bed??
— Sam LaFrance (@SamLaFranceNBA) December 8, 2022
Tatum 3.#Suns down 88-49. Timeout Phoenix with 7:41 left in 3rd
Wow. Freaking wow. #Celtics
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 8, 2022
While this is only one of 82 games in the NBA season, it certainly could speak to how the Suns stack up against the elite teams in the NBA such as the Celtics.
This will be a game that Suns players unquestionably want to wipe from their memory as they try and get back to the drawing board on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.