Phoenix eliminated Chicago on Saturday to advance to the Summer League semifinals.

On to the final four!

The Summer Suns have advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 NBA Summer League playoffs after a 91-84 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Phoenix overcame poor first quarter shooting and a double digit deficit to eliminate Chicago.

Early in the game all Suns struggled shooting, including the normally ultra-efficient T.J. Warren. Warren had difficulties with his jump shot and finishing at the rim. The Suns leading scorer of the Summer League caught fire in the second half however, and finished with his summer high of 31 points. What most impressed Coach Bjorkgren however, was the effort Warren showed on the defensive end and on the boards.

"He's tough to guard and you know what i also like on him, is he was rebounding it better. His defense was good. You know, i ask him to guard bigs, I ask him to guard point guards, so he does a good job of doing his defensive assignment."

When the shots weren't falling in the first half it was the defensive intensity that kept Phoenix within striking distance. With Doug McDermott absent for Chicago, the Suns were able to trim the deficit to four points at the half despite shooting just 26% from the field in the first quarter.

"Well I thought defensively, in the first half we were doing a good job. We had seven consecutive stops in the first quarter, as well as the second, I just think in the first quarter there we left some of our shots in and out. We weren't finishing around the rim as well as we should in the second half i thought we were looking for our teammates a lot more."

In the first half when the team was struggling, Devin Booker at time looked awfully composed for an 18 year old. He handled the ball well, attacked the rim aggressively and all around looked confident on the court. Coach Bjorkgren talked about what Booker brings to the court other than the jump shot that was so coveted at NBA draft time.

"He has a lot to his game. More than what people pinned him as, just a shooter. He can really play D. He's really smart. He can handle the ball and he's good going right or left. He has a great feel for the game. He really just absorbs it all and just keeps getting better everday."

The defense will certainly be put to the test in the Summer League semifinals as the Suns will meet a New Orleans Pelicans squad that hung 100 points on Golden State on Saturday night. New Orleans got 23 points from the Summer League's leading scorer, Seth Curry, in the win over the Warriors. New Orleans has failed to hit the 90 points mark just once in five Summer League games, all wins.

Tipoff between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans in Summer League tournament action is scheduled for 5pm PT at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The winner will advance to Monday's championship game.

The Summer Suns missed 25 of their first 30 shots but T.J. Warren had a 31-point game to help them rally to a win against Chicago.

In their second game of tournament play at the 2015 NBA Summer League, the Phoenix Suns were able to use another strong second half to advance to the semifinals with a 91-84 victory over the Chicago...

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Suns will play at 5pm on Sunday.

After a first quarter in which they shot 26% from the field, the Suns were able to erase a 7 point first quarter deficit and eliminate the Chicago Bulls from Summer League tournament play with a  91-84 win on Saturday. The starting five of Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, and Mike James scored all but 6 points for the Suns.

Early on Warren looked very un-Warren-like. The Suns leading scorer in Summer League hit just 2 of his first 7 seven shots. The second half was another story. Warren featured a nice mix of jumpshots and drives to the hoop and would finish with a game high of 31 points on 13 of 23 shooting.

Several times in the first half while his teammates struggled, Devin Booker looked like the veteran leader on the floor and attacked the rim aggressively. Booker would finish with 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Archie Goodwin again displayed questionable decision making and struggled with his ball handling. Goodwin chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds.

Len, the Summer League's leading rebounder played 18 minutes and swiped 5 off the glass.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Saturday's game came from Mike James. James had his highest scoring game this summer with 13 points, including a pair of poster worthy slams.

Bobby Portis scored 25 points in the loss. Doug McDermott did not play for Chicago. The Bulls wrap up Summer League play with a 3-3 record.

Phoenix is back in action tomorrow evening at 5pm against the winner of tonight's Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans game.

The Suns/Bulls winner will play at 5pm PT on Sunday.

It's time to exorcise the demons of the 1993 NBA Finals. Sort of. Chicago is up next for the Suns in the 2015 NBA Summer League playoffs. The Bulls held off the Toronto Raptors, the tournament's number one seed, 84-80 on Thursday night. Chicago got 28 points and 8 rebounds from Doug McDermott. First round pick Bobby Portis hit 3 of 11 shots for 9 points. Here's how the bad guys line up:

  • #14 Jack Anderson
  • #41 Cameron Bairstow
  • #2 Vander Blue
  • #6 Cristiano Felicio
  • #15 Ramon Galloway
  • #8 Diante Garrett
  • #3 Doug McDermott
  • #25 Tyrus McGee
  • #5 Bobby Portis
  • #52 T.J. Price
  • #24 Rayvonte Rice
  • #39 Darrell Williams

Down two at the half, Phoenix outscored Milwaukee 30-14 in the third quarter en route to a 106-80 victory on Thursday night. The Suns were paced by T.J. Warren's 23 points and Alex Len's 9 rebounds. The purple and orange:

The winner is back at the Thomas and Mack Center tomorrow to face the winner of Golden State and New Orleans. The loser goes home. Tip off is scheduled for 5pm PT.

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