The Suns look to win their fourth-straight home game when they play host to the Bulls tonight at 7. Check out some tidbits you might need to know before the two teams square off at US Airways Center.
1) Starters vs. Bench: At the beginning of the season, the starters were beginning games just fine. It was the bench that was looking shaky.
But in the last few games, the bench has come to the rescue, beginning the speculation of whether or not Suns head coach Alvin Gentry will make some changes to his starting lineup. However, Gentry will continue to stand pat for a little while longer.
He feels that this lineup deserves at least 10-15 games together before making a final determination on whether it’s working or not.
“I don’t want to pull the plugs on some guys right away,” Gentry said.
2) Need for Improvement: Gentry attributes the slow starts to turnovers. Although the team had an NBA season-low six Monday against Denver, he noted that most of them came early on, contributing to the early deficit.
“Most of our problems have come from turnovers,” the Suns head coach said. “We have to have manage our turnovers. There is no defense for turnovers.”
3) Scouting Report on Bulls: The Bulls open a five-game road trip in Phoenix on Wednesday. Chicago currently boasts the fifth-best defense and fourth-best defensive rebounding team in the league.
The Bulls have won three-straight games in Phoenix, the second-longest active streak by a visitor to Phoenix.
“They’re not going to get out and run a whole lot,” Gentry said of their offense. “But they’re real good at executing in the half-court.”
4) Bulls Player to Watch: Bulls center Joakim Noah is averaging career highs in everything but rebounding. He is currently averaging a career-high 15.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a night.
5) Suns Players to Watch: Not only is Suns point guard Goran Dragic leading the team in scoring, but he is the only Suns player to score in double figures in every game this season.
Meanwhile, power forward Markieff Morris may have just jolted himself out of his early-season slump. Morris totaled 13 points, six boards, five assists and three steals off the bench against Denver on Monday.
“He did a good job being active and on the boards,” Gentry said. “I also thought he did a good job of not hesitating on his shots.”