The Phoenix Suns won the game 102-98, but it was Jon Leuer who really showed the Suns he can play some basketball with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.
All that needs to be said about this Suns vs. Kings preseason game is that Jon Leuer killed Boogie Cousins.
jon leuer dunked on dmc https://t.co/RJ1HdbJQ9t— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 8, 2015
Boogie spent the rest of the half trying to punk Leuer. Literally, the Kings just isolated Boogie on offense against Leuer, and Leuer stood in there. Boogie scored, but Leuer took and held his ground. And coach Jeff Hornacek left him in there for the rest of the half, too. I like that.
Leuer finished the half with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block. But better than that were a three-ball, followed by THE DUNK.
We might not see a better dunk, in-game, against another team's star like that again this season. Archie got his last year, and now Leuer got this year's. I hope for TV fans' sake there's more than that.
Boogie came out of halftime laughing with the Kings radio guys, asking "What was up with that?" while glancing down at the Suns bench and shaking his head. I think he had time to cool off a bit.
After being outscored 40-17 by the Sacramento starters in the first half, the Suns starters came out with a little more focus in the second half.
Bledsoe and Chandler hooked up for a great lob, but it was called off by refs because Boogie got himself under Bledsoe for the charge after the pass was released.
Rudy Gay stayed hot, making 7/8 threes by the end of the 3rd for 30 points. The Kings led by 3 at that point.
After a Jon Leuer reverse layin to bring the Suns close to the Kings, the fans rejoiced once more.
The rest of the game just happened. Check the box scores.
Cousins picked up a couple quick fouls in the third, and sat down with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 fouls in 20 minutes of play.
Jon Leuer had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 fouls in only 19 minutes of play.
The Phoenix Suns will play their first game at renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena tonight, hosting the Sacramento Kings at 7:00pm. The game will streamed live on Suns.com and on radio at 98.7 FM.
Finally, basketball is back! But it's not going to be on TV, despite what you might see on the NBATV schedule.
The only TV coverage will be streaming live on suns.com, and that streaming only extends to 75 miles away from the arena. Otherwise, you can listen to the dulcet tones of Al McCoy on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports, and follow along on twitter and nba.com box scores.
Why, it's the Sacramento Kings visiting the Suns! If you thought the Suns made a lot of trades and personnel moves, check out the Kings.
The rest of the team is full of question marks, and that's only if you don't count Rondo in the question mark group. Karl loves to see his teams run, yet Rondo is not a threat to score (even on the break) and Cousins prefers a slower pace, so it will be fun to watch all this unfold.
Some guys on the Kings will be fun to watch. Will Kosta Koufos, a Karl fave, end up in the starting lineup next to Boogie? Can Willy Trill Cauley-Stein - three years older than Devin Booker - earn big playing time right away for the Kings? Will Ben McLemore justify his top-7 status in the 2013 Draft?
1) Will the Suns' "chemistry" experiment be evident from the tip? How much effort will the team put out tonight, given it's just a preseason game?
2) Will Devin Booker lead the team in scoring? Early preseason games are great for rookies and young players to show their stuff. However, Booker's got Archie Goodwin and Sonny Weems trying the same thing - to show they belong in the rotation. It will be interesting to see who's having the biggest impact throughout the preseason.
3) Will Archie Goodwin make his impact? This preseason is Archie's best chance of his career to earn a regular spot in the Suns rotation. If he can't beat out a euro guy and an 18-year old, Archie might not be the star we all hoped he'd be.
4) Will Alex Len show improvement? Len was a bit of a disappointment against the lesser competition in Summer League. He rebounded well because he was the biggest dude on the court, but his offense was still a mushy mess. I wonder what kind of impact Tyson Chandler has had on Alex to this point.
5) Will Markieff Morris take the floor? He sat out the scrimmage last Saturday, but did sign autographs and otherwise has acted like his normal self, according to reports. It's in his best interest to play great to up his trade value, but I do wonder if he will continue to have his quiet sit-out with a "hip strain".
What are you going to watch, Suns fans?