Time: The Suns host the Bobcats tonight at 7 at US Airways Center.
Records: Suns 10-15 (fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. Bobcats 7-17 (fourth in the Southeast Division)
PG: Goran Dragic (14.8 points and 6.4 assists) vs. Kemba Walker (18.5 points and 6.1 assists)
SG: Shannon Brown (12.6 points and 2.5 rebounds) vs. Gerald Henderson (13.7 points and 3.5 rebounds)
SF: Jared Dudley (10.4 points and 2.7 rebounds) vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds)
PF: Luis Scola (12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds) vs. Byron Mullens (11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds)
C: Marcin Gortat: (11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds) vs. Bismack Biyombo (4.8 points and 6.6 rebounds)
When Charlotte and Phoenix last met on November 7, shooting guard Shannon Brown rescued the team out by drilling 6-of-8 from downtown to give the Suns the victory. However, the Bobcats gave the Suns all they could handle, receiving 24 points from Byron Mullens on 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.
In addition, the point guard duo of Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions combined for 34 points and 17 assists against the Suns.
“Transition defense is really going to be a key,” Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. “When they have Sessions and Kemba in the game together, they really push the ball and do a good job of attacking.”
The Suns are coming off one of their best weeks of the season after defeating Memphis, Utah and Sacramento at home. In fact, they are currently riding a season-high three game winning streak. Meanwhile, Charlotte is going in the opposite direction.
The Bobcats are losers of 12 straight, including a loss by one in Los Angeles to the Lakers last night. Overall in the series, the Suns have won two consecutive over the Bobcats too.
It seems that the Suns are beginning to settle on a rotation. The Suns’ starting lineup of Jared Dudley, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown and Goran Dragic is 3-0.
“Everyone in that lineup is unselfish,” Dudley said. “And everyone brings something different to the table.”
On the offensive end, both teams are very smart with the ball. The Suns rank fifth, while the Bobcats rank eighth in the league in not turning over the ball, respectively.
Meanwhile, on the defensive end, the Suns rank eighth in league in blocks, while the Bobcats rank sixth.