Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris says he doesn’t believe the Suns have a home-court advantage.
A 101-74 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday pushed back the Phoenix Suns’ home record this season to 17-13, the worst home record among the 10 Western Conference playoff contenders.
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And according to Suns forward Markieff Morris, the Suns’ struggles at home aren’t simply a coincidence.
Morris ripped the Suns fanbase following the loss to the Spurs, saying that Phoenix doesn’t have a real home-court advantage.
"“I don’t think we have a home-court advantage,” Markieff said. “It does not feel like a home-court advantage at all. Some games are going to be bad. You can’t win every game. That comes along with sports. Nobody wins games. We need the support. We need, as a team, to know that our fans are going to be behind us and I don’t feel like this year they’re behind us enough.“I feel like we do have those genuine Suns fans but, for the most part, I feel like we had more San Antonio than Phoenix fans tonight.”(…)“They don’t boo, but they don’t cheer that much, either,” Markieff said. “We feed off, for the most part, off the energy. I know we’re a lot better than that. I know Phoenix fans are a lot better than that. Like I said, we have a lot of genuine fans that cheers for us – the ones that are in the first row, in the second row, in the third row. Once you go up, you feel like people were just at the game, just watching.”"
This probably wasn’t the best idea from Morris. Blaming fans for one’s own struggles is never a good move. Furthermore, Morris’ comments are likely to bother Suns fans more than they will inspire them to cheer harder.
Morris did his best to try and smooth things over with Suns fans later on Twitter.
It sure will be interesting to see how Suns fans treat Morris and the rest of the team during its next home game.
Morris is averaging 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season.
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