The Phoenix Suns are having a great season. Way better than most anticipated. Sitting at 18-12, they could be even better with a healthy roster.
The team signed Karl Malone to a maximum deal in the offseason, which was met with a cold reception by the media. Malone was having a career year, averaging 21.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game before going down with a broken hand on November 25th. Another offseason addition, forward John Williams, was having a very fine season putting up 17.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest before breaking his foot on December 22nd.
The team is trying to do its best, but things are certainly tough. But in the last game played at the America West Arena, in a 96-89 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Erick Murdock had a triple double with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. While he had flirted with triple-doubles in the past, this was the first time the third-year guard achieved one. Murdock, 25, is averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game, shooting 50.5 % from the field, 79.8 % from the free throw line and 30.8 % from three-point range.
With almost two weeks remaining until Malone comes back, the Suns chances to keep winning games rely on Murdock's performances.
ATLANTA HAWKS 1996/97
PG: Muggsy Bogues SG: Darrell Armstrong SF: Kendall Gill PF: Charles Barkley C : Dean Garrett