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The Suns dug themselves a 17-point deficit, but the Sacramento Kings out-deficited the Suns and lost by 11. In fact, the Suns erased that 17-point lead in a matter of about 9 game minutes.

When I asked my friend how the game turned so quickly from a 17-point deficit in the middle of the second quarter to a 6-point lead in the middle of the third, he said, "The Kings came back."

Yes, Suns fans. The Kings came back retake the deficit early in the third and never looked back. The Suns grabbed their SIXTH home rally to win from a double-digit deficit this season vs. five losses from double-digit deficits and only two clean wins.

Give credit to:

  • Marcin Gortat, who fought amongst the trees for 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks
  • Luis Scola who set a career high in assists (10)
  • Shannon Brown who made 6 straight shots and scored 14 in the third when the Suns took control
  • Jared Dudley who scored 22 points, including a few dagger threes to give the Suns breathing room

The Kings were without Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton and, basically, DeMarcus Cousins. The first two were out with injury and personal reasons while Cousins was on the court but never showed up. He only played a few first-half minutes before collecting his third foul, then only 1:10 of the third before collecting his fourth.

The Suns, meanwhile, forgot what time the game started and only realized halfway through the second quarter that this scrimmage actually COUNTS in the standings.

Finally, behind the efforts of Jared Dudley they woke up and started to play NBA basketball. The Suns went on a 26-6 run across two quarters to retake the lead for good. The Kings never led again.

Enjoy the Suns third win in a row for the first time this season. They held the Kings to 41% shooting and 90 points - yet another quality result on the defensive side of the ball.

Yet for those who actually watched the game, the Suns defensive effort often had more to do with the Kings ineptitude than the Suns prowess. To be fair though, the Suns did play strong defense in spurts and did end up with the win thanks in large part to holding the Kings to just 90 points.

More analysis in the morning, with quotes, notes and videos.

Tell then, enjoy the win!

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The Suns dug themselves a 17-point deficit, but the Sacramento Kings out-deficited the Suns and lost by 11. In fact, the Suns erased that 17-point lead in a matter of about 9 game minutes.

When I asked my friend how the game turned so quickly from a 17-point deficit in the middle of the second quarter to a 6-point lead in the middle of the third, he said, "The Kings came back."

Yes, Suns fans. The Kings came back retake the deficit early in the third and never looked back. The Suns grabbed their SIXTH home rally to win from a double-digit deficit this season vs. five losses from double-digit deficits and only two clean wins.

Give credit to:

  • Marcin Gortat, who fought amongst the trees for 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks
  • Luis Scola who set a career high in assists (10)
  • Shannon Brown who made 6 straight shots and scored 14 in the third when the Suns took control
  • Jared Dudley who scored 22 points, including a few dagger threes to give the Suns breathing room

The Kings were without Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton and, basically, DeMarcus Cousins. The first two were out with injury and personal reasons while Cousins was on the court but never showed up. He only played a few first-half minutes before collecting his third foul, then only 1:10 of the third before collecting his fourth.

The Suns, meanwhile, forgot what time the game started and only realized halfway through the second quarter that this scrimmage actually COUNTS in the standings.

Finally, behind the efforts of Jared Dudley they woke up and started to play NBA basketball. The Suns went on a 26-6 run across two quarters to retake the lead for good. The Kings never led again.

Enjoy the Suns third win in a row for the first time this season. They held the Kings to 41% shooting and 90 points - yet another quality result on the defensive side of the ball.

Yet for those who actually watched the game, the Suns defensive effort often had more to do with the Kings ineptitude than the Suns prowess. To be fair though, the Suns did play strong defense in spurts and did end up with the win thanks in large part to holding the Kings to just 90 points.

More analysis in the morning, with quotes, notes and videos.

Tell then, enjoy the win!

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When I asked my friend how the game turned so quickly from a 19-point deficit in the middle of the second quarter to a 6-point lead in the middle of the third, he said, "The Kings came back."

Yes, Suns fans. The Kings came back retake the deficit early in the third and never looked back. The Suns grabbed their SIXTH home rally to win from a double-digit deficit this season vs. five losses from double-digit deficits and only two clean wins.

Give credit to:

  • Marcin Gortat, who fought amongst the trees for 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks
  • Luis Scola who set a career high in assists (10)
  • Shannon Brown who made 6 straight shots and scored 14 in the third when the Suns took control
  • Jared Dudley who scored 22 points, including a few dagger threes to give the Suns breathing room

The Kings were without Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton and, basically, DeMarcus Cousins. The first two were out with injury and personal reasons while Cousins was on the court but never showed up. He only played a few first-half minutes before collecting his third foul, then only 1:10 of the third before collecting his fourth.

The Suns, meanwhile, forgot what time the game started and only realized halfway through the second quarter that this scrimmage actually COUNTS in the standings.

Finally, behind the efforts of Jared Dudley they woke up and started to play NBA basketball. The Suns went on a 26-6 run across two quarters to retake the lead for good. The Kings never led again.

Enjoy the Suns third win in a row for the first time this season. They held the Kings to 41% shooting and 90 points - yet another quality result on the defensive side of the ball.

Yet for those who actually watched the game, the Suns defensive effort often had more to do with the Kings ineptitude than the Suns prowess. To be fair though, the Suns did play strong defense in spurts and did end up with the win thanks in large part to holding the Kings to just 90 points.

More analysis in the morning, with quotes, notes and videos.

Tell then, enjoy the win!


Final - 12.17.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 22 32 14 22 90
Phoenix Suns 16 27 31 27 101

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Kendall Marshall, second-best point guard in the 2012 NBA Draft. Lottery pick. North Carolina star and prolific tweeter (at least he used to be).

That's what he is. The big question is if he will ever be an NBA player and right now that answer is leaning towards, NO.

Through seven games in the D-league, here's Marshall's stats:

- 32mpg for a total of 225 minutes of burn

- Shooting .329 percent from the field. He's made just 26 of 79 shots!

- Shooting .167 from three! He's made just 3 of 18 attempts!!

- 7.1 assists per game is a solid D-league number (we knew he could pass)

- 3.29 turnovers per game isn't horrible considering how much he likely has the ball in his hands and

- His rebounding and steals numbers certainly don't jump off the page: 1.29 SPG / 3.4 RPG

Basically, Marshall right now is exactly what we feared he be coming out of a college and exactly what he was in summer league. He has great passing skill and sub-par everything else and that's never going to be good enough for the NBA.

I'm far more patient than most when it comes to young players (and most things sports-related) but this kid hasn't shown me any reason to think he'll be in the NBA three years from now.

Here's a few words from Gino from Ridiculous Upside where watching the D-league is their passion.

"I've kept tabs on (Marshall), not a ton of live viewing, but seems like he is more focused on distributing the ball, which he is improving on, his turnovers have been a little bit of an issue though. From a scoring standpoint he hasn't impressed me, but I like his ability to look for others and getting them involved. Shooting wise, his percentages havent been spectacular either. I'd say he needs to show me more on the scoring end. Body language isnt the greatest either."

And here's more from Ryan from Ridiculous Upside:

He's actually distributing the ball pretty well, but is not taking quality shots. His 33% from the floor is indicative of that.

He's forcing things a bit too much and not taking advantage of what the defense is offering. Bad decision making...and his turnovers have gone up...

He has quality players around him (Renaldo Major, Damon James and Brian Butch) yet he's not really in sync with them... They should be killing it with pick and pops and the iso option should be open since Butch is a big man who can hit the three, but these things really aren't happening.

Some players just struggle with a D-league assignment. JaJuan Johnson is a good example of this.

JaJuan Johnson isn't a lottery pick and neither is Tony Wroten (25th pick, 2012). Tony is putting up 13 ppg, 3.3 apg and shooting 37% (43.8% from three) in 23 mpg in six games in Reno.

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