Time: The Suns host the Lakers on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at US Airways Center and on ESPN.
Records: Suns 15-30 (fifth in the Pacific Division) vs. Lakers 19-25 (third in the Pacific Division)
PG: Goran Dragic (14.2 points and 6.4 assists) vs. Steve Nash (11.4 points and 8.1 assists)
SG: P.J. Tucker (5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds) vs. Kobe Bryant (28.7 points and 5.1 assists)
SF: Jared Dudley (12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds) vs. Metta World Peace (13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds)
PF: Luis Scola (13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds) vs. Earl Clark (6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds)
C: Marcin Gortat: (11.5 points and 8.9 rebounds) vs. Dwight Howard (16.5 points and 12.0 rebounds)
In one of the most highly-anticipated nights of the year at US Airways Center, the Suns are preparing for a total blackout. Phoenix will debut its 1990s black NBA Hardwood Classics jerseys against the Lakers on Wednesday night.
The Suns are asking fans to help eclipse the Lakers by wearing all black to the game. It won’t be the only time the Suns rock their all-black jerseys.
For the other six times, visit suns.com/retro for the other dates.
“I’d like to order at least 10 of those just for myself,” Suns center Marcin Gortat said. “They are coming back to a time when we were great.
“It’s an honor to wear those jerseys. We’ve seen Charles Barkley and those guys wear those jerseys, so it’s big.”
The Suns come into Wednesday’s contest having won two of their last three meetings with the Lakers. In fact, Phoenix entered the season having won two-straight games against the Lakers for the first time since 2006-07.
Currently, the Suns are riding a two-game home win streak over L.A., which hasn’t occurred since December 2009. However, the Lakers are starting to come together, having won two straight themselves.
Although this contest will be Steve Nash’s first in Phoenix as a member of the Lakers, he is currently playing a different role out in Hollywood. The past two games, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has been the Nash-like facilitator of the Lakers’ offense.
In two Lakers wins, Bryant has amassed 28 assists in two games. The adjustment came after a four-game losing streak in which the national media pretty much pronounced their playoff hopes as dead.
However, despite their record, they are still very dangerous. The Lakers are third in the league in rebounds, sixth in scoring and seventh in field goal percentage.
“Hopefully we can exploit some of the things that we like to do against them,” Suns Head Coach Lindsey Hunter said. “Defensively, we just want to limit them from dominating us in the paint.”
The Suns will be facing them on the second half of a back-to-back though.
Hunter Becomes the Hunted
New Suns Head Coach Lindsey Hunter picked a heck of a time to make his coaching debut. The first 12 opponents he has to strategize against hold a combined winning percentage of .593.
Six of those games come against the top five teams in the Western Conference, including one contest against all five. Those 12 games will take him to the All-Star break, but there’s not much relief waiting for his club after that.
After All-Star, the Suns open on the road against the Blazers and Warriors, who both boast records over .500.