The Phoenix Suns like point guards and they like playing point guards together. So it wasn't a surprise when point guards Tyler Ennis and Seth Curry took the floor together in crunch time of a summer league barn burner.
The story in the Suns win over the Bucks was the great combo play of Tyler Ennis and Seth Curry in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Bucks. Summer coach Mike Longabardi said after the first game that he should have played the two together against the Warriors and then, guess what, he did play them together against the Bucks. That's the kind of honesty and followthrough you like to see from your coach.
"That was a great combination, it worked very well for us. Seth, actually, was on fire but I think Tyler did a great job executing pick and roll offense, getting in the lane, making the right plays at the right time and we made some shots. And to me, the biggest difference was last night we didn't make a three and tonight we made 11 so that's huge," Longabardi said.
For his part, Curry proved his knowledge of the NBA interview cliche routine: "It felt good. I got some good looks. I just tried to get open and my teammates found me. Coach drew up some good plays for me so I felt good. I felt like anything I threw up was going to go in."
Well done. Any professional basketball player named "Seth" has a place in my heart.
My big observation of the game was Alec Brown. I'm not the least bit worried about his poor shooting which Longabardi chalked up to nerves and jitters. I thought his defensive rotations were solid even if he was physically overmatched to the point where I thought he was shaking his head in amazement at the freakish athleticism and size of Giannis Antetokounmpo. But who can blame him?
That might lead to Brown being destined for a long career in the D-league but then again there was this comparison made by his coach to a recently departed hero:
"He's a seven-footer who can shoot a three. I mean, I like that. I'm not being sarcastic. It is a high release. It's a tough one. You see when we're out there, Miles (Plumlee) rolls to the rim it's almost, I don't want to say like Channing (Frye) but there's some similarities there because if you hug Alec than Miles is going to get a layup. If you come in and pull in on the roll then Alec is going to get an open shot."
Here's some more quotes to chew on with your lunch:
On Alec Brown
"Really good. Last night, I just thought he was nervous to be honest with you. I shouldn't say nervous, he probably had the jitters. I told him and the coaches told him, you're a 40 percent three-point shooter, don't hesitate to shoot. Tonight, he made a free throw early which is always good for a shooter to get that one easy one to get your rhythm going so that was good."
On Dionte Christmas
"I was a little concerned about him offensively against Giannis because he's so long and he is just so disruptive that I just told him we need you on defense now, let's try and stay away from Giannis as much as we can because he just disrupts everything. But he (Christmas) did make some key plays. He made some threes, he drove the ball. He did a really, really good job."
On the game
"These guys played hard, man. You've got to give them all the credit. They really played balls out. I don't know if i can say that."
T.J. Warren should be fine. Was held out the rest of the game as a precaution.
"I might be in a little bit better shape (having played last week in Orlando) and I was in the rhythm of going up and down playing in actual game. But it's different playing in Orlando than playing in front of a real crowd like this. That's four games in four days so I'm kind of worn out right now."
"Anytime you step on the court, especially in summer league, you are playing for all 30 teams in the league. Everybody can see what you're doing and nobody has my rights or anything like that so just going out there trying to complete and show what I can do."
"I'm experienced playing four years in college and then playing in the D-league learning the NBA game. I think it gives me a little bit of an advantage getting up and down knowing the style of play and the pace of the game and things like that."
"I think that's one of my biggest weapons I can bring to a team. Handling the ball most of the game and then going in there with Tyler towards the end of the game and play off the ball and spread the court. I feel like that's one of my advantages that I can bring."
"He's (Ennis) is a solid point guard. He's a good leader. Runs the team. Doesn't make too many mistakes. He's always composed even though he's so young."
I will leave all the "lesser brother" jokes to you folks in the comments.