Time: The Suns host the Grizzlies tonight at 7 at US Airways Center.
Records: Suns 7-15 (fifth in the Pacific Division) vs. Grizzlies 14-4 (second in the Southwest Division)
PG: Goran Dragic (15.1 points and 6.4 assists) vs. Mike Conley (14.4 points and 6.3 assists)
SG: Shannon Brown (12.4 points and 2.3 rebounds) vs. Tony Allen (7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds)
SF: Jared Dudley (9.2 points and 2.3 rebounds) vs. Rudy Gay (19 points and 6.3 rebounds)
PF: Luis Scola (12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds) vs. Zach Randolph (17.6 points and 12.9 rebounds)
C: Marcin Gortat: (11 points and 7.8 rebounds) vs. Marc Gasol (15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds)
Back in the Lineup
Suns point guard Goran Dragic is back in action after missing Sunday’s game against the Magic with a stomach virus. Dragic, who looked a little peeked at practice yesterday, seemed to have much more energy at shootaround today.
“He’s got some color back in his skin today,” Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. “At least color for Goran.”
P.J. Tucker, who missed the past two games with a sprained MCL also will be ready to play tonight after not having any ill-effects after yesterday’s practice.
“You miss P.J. because he gives you energy off the bench and he’s done a good job of guarding the best perimeter player on the floor night-in and night out,” Gentry said.
After losing an overtime thriller to the Grizzlies in Memphis on December 4, the Suns look to get revenge at home. In order to do so, Gentry wants the team to limit their second-chance points.
After shootaround today, the Suns head coach mentioned how Memphis shot “11-of-15 on second shots last game in Memphis.”
“They’re scoring at an alarming rate on second shots,” Gentry also noted.
Gentry will continue to tinker with lineup, moving Luis Scola back into the lineup as the starting power forward. The move would put Markieff Morris back on the bench.
The reason for the change is because Gentry believes that Scola will fare better against Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph.
“I don’t want him (Morris) to be in a position where he gets to quick fouls and then that’s it for the quarter,” Gentry said. “Scola is just a smart veteran guy and they’re going to allow him to bang a little more down there.”
Depending on the matchups, Gentry said you can expect the Suns to vary their starting lineup to combat what opposing teams are trying to accomplish.
Memphis’ shooting guard Tony Allen was voted the best perimeter defender in the annual GM survey. He’s also currently sixth in the NBA in steals.
Meanwhile, fellow backcourt partner Mike Conley ranks second in the league in steals. That backcourt helps comprise the best defense in the league.