While it’s been roughly 6,000 years since France’s Chaîne des Puys volcano range has last erupted, French swingman Mickael Pietrus has been much more efficient.

Two games into his Suns career, the Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, native (who’s averaged 8.7 ppg over his seven years in the NBA) came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points in Sunday’s loss to the Clippers – just three points shy of tying his career best set against Phoenix back in 2005.

“The only way it could have gone better was with a win,” Pietrus said. “It’s a learning process for everybody, myself included. Vince (Carter), Marcin (Gortat) and myself are all learning how the team is playing offensively and defensively. When I have guys like Steve Nash and Grant Hill on the floor, it makes it easier for me.”

Going a season-best 9-of-14 from the field in 27 minutes, Sunday’s scoring outburst came just 72 hours after the NBA veteran’s two-point showing in his Suns debut vs. the Heat.

“It’s hard to pick up all the plays,” Pietrus added. “Every team has 152 of them. Right now, I’m at No. 3, so I have a long way to go. I’m a professional, so I’ll keep studying and hopefully I’ll feel more comfortable by next week.

“I want to face every challenge. I play for my team, so I want to win as hard as they do. Work hard and good things will happen.”

  • Doc

    Good luck MP, you’ll be missed here in Orlando. You won the hearts and minds of the Magic fans with your hard work, hustle and humorous disposition. I’m sure it won’t take long before you’ll do the same in Phoenix.

  • JAS

    Suns need some kind of motivation, maybe “mount Pietrus” is one of the answers, although I have serious doubts. It’s more than one player anyway. Suns have turned into just what many of us predicted, a team without defense, identity, focas, chemistry, rebounding and most of all, that one player who can bring it all together. Start with the point guard. Nash can be great but only in spurts and it comes with huge defensive liabilities. We don’t have the team makeup to cover glaring holes this year. Goran has taken a big step back and whether he can ever assume the point full time is questionable. Frye is great when he can roam around outside and potshot 3′s, but he can’t defend under the basket and neither can Warrick. I see 2 more seasons of darkness before the light shines again in Suns land and thats without any more big trade mistakes.

  • JAS

    Suns beat the Pistons who look bad. You would have to check Detroits pulse twice just to be sure of a heartbeat. Hard to evaluate but the Suns chemistry looked better and Dudley is on fire. Were still bogged down with to many of the same style players, someone has to go.