Time: The Suns host the Celtics on Friday at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.
Records: Suns 18-37 (fifth in the Pacific Division) vs. Boston 28-26 (third in the Atlantic Division)
PG: Goran Dragic (14.2 points and 6.6 assists) vs. Avery Bradley (8.8 points and 1.5 assists)
SG: P.J. Tucker (5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds) vs. Courtney Lee (7.8 points and 1.6 assists)
SF: Jared Dudley (11.6 points and 3.5 rebounds) vs. Paul Pierce (18.4 points and 6.3 rebounds)
PF: Luis Scola (12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds) vs. Brandon Bass (7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds)
C: Marcin Gortat: (11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds) vs. Kevin Garnett (15 points and 7.6 rebounds)
Suns’ Luck Against Celtics
Phoenix comes into Friday’s contest having won three of four home Celtics, including two consecutive. The Suns have been able to do many of that work on the defensive end, holding Boston to exactly 71 points in two of the last four meetings.
The Celtics come into their meeting with Phoenix two games above .500. Luckily for the Suns, their five wins under Hunter have come against teams with a combined record of 144-130, including victories over the Clippers, Grizzlies, Lakers and Blazers.
Although new Suns forward Marcus Morris’ face is familiar in many ways around Phoenix, the recently-acquired twin brother of Markieff won’t suit up against the Celtics. Suns Head Coach Lindsey Hunter said that he wanted Morris to get one practice under his belt before hitting the court with his new teammates.
“It’s funny because I was just watching some clips of Houston and I showed his brother a box out that he had and how aggressive he was,” Hunter said. “And I was like, ‘Can’t you be like that?’ So it’s ironic that he’s here now.”
Also, center Hamed Haddadi will arrive in Phoenix tonight, after coming over from a trade with the Raptors. The 7-2 Iranian has only appeared in 13 games this season.
Stat of the Week
When Suns point guard Goran Dragic dished a career-high 18 assists two games ago against Portland, he joined Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Jose Calderon as the only NBA players this season to record at least 18 assists in a game. However, Dragic is the only player in the NBA this season to post at least 16 points and 18 assists in a game.