When: Tonight 5:30pm PST/8:30 EST
Where: Las Vegas
Watch: Live on NBA Summer League Broadband ($14.99)
Last night's win against Minnesota came down to the wire after the Suns had been down by around 20 points for most of the game. However, the Suns battled hard down the stretch with some key defensive stops and some nice shooting by the Markieff and Marcus Morris, as well as Kendall Marshall.
Tonight, the Suns will take on the Memphis Grizzlies who have thus far been led by the all-around game of Jack Cooley, a PF from Notre Dame who has posted an avg of 14 pts and 8 rebounds in his two games thus far, going 11/20 from the field overall. He will be a challenge to guard for the Suns bigger PF's like Oriakhi and Onuaku since Cooley has range out beyond the three-point line, so I expect to see Marcus or Markieff get the assignment to guard him most of the time.
In addition to Cooley, the Suns will have to deal with Tony Wroten at guard, who can be an explosive mismatch for opponents...when he's on. He lit up the Bulls on Saturday for 17 pts on 4/9 shooting as well as dishing 4 assists and grabbing 6 boards; but on Sunday against the Cavs he scored only 7 pts on 1/14 shooting in 36 minutes of play.
As for the Suns, the big question is whether we will see much of veterans P.J. Tucker or Markieff Morris, or will they give other players like Dionte Christmas, Alex Oriakhi, and Arinze Onuaku a longer look instead. I still expect the Suns to give Kendall Marshall and Marcus Morris plenty of burn to help bring them along, but Hornacek may begin adjusting the rosters a little more now.
Will the Suns get off to a faster start tonight? Will Archie Goodwin bounce back from a disappointing showing against the Timberwolves? Can the Suns remain undefeated heading into the seeded games beginning tomorrow? Will Markieff ever post somebody up?
We'll get the answers to these questions and more very shortly. Be sure to stay and join the fun right here during the game as we complain, cheer, cry, bemoan, and cheer some more!