After a sluggish start to the preseason, Marcin Gortat finally found his groove Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors. The Suns’ starting center played 26 minutes and did not miss a shot,...

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The Suns' starters played more than a lot of us expected, but it didn't matter as the Warriors' hot shooting was too much for Phoenix to keep pace with.

The Warriors made seemingly every open jump shot they took and finished shooting 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the arc. On the other end, the Suns only shot 46 percent and 32 percent from deep. But the biggest disparity came at the line, where the Warriors shot twice as many free throws than the Suns (28 to 14) and converted 10 more (17 to 7).

The Warriors were led by a combined 32 points and 12 rebounds from David Lee and rookie Harrison Barnes. Jarrett Jack pitched in 13 points and a game-high nine assists, while Carl Landry and Klay Thompson scored 13 and 12 respectively.

For the Suns, Marcin Gortat finished the game perfect from the field and free-throw line en route to a 19 and 10 double-double, by far his best performance of the preseason so far. Luis Scola added 16 points, three assists and two rebounds, while Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-11 shooting and also hauled in seven rebounds. Goran Dragic was fairly passive yet again and finished with 8 points and six assists.

For the second straight game, the Suns started slow and the Warriors jumped out to a 9-2 lead early. But the Suns starters got it together and fought their way back on the backs of the starting frontcourt of Scola and Gortat, ultimately finishing the first quarter with a 28-25 lead.

However, the bench struggled mightily to get anything going in the second quarter. The Warrriors took control with a 30-18 scoring edge in the period and never looked back. The Suns actually won the third quarter, but only cut the deficit by one before the Warriors reasserted control in the fourth period. The Suns just couldn't get any stops.

The Suns had a slight edge in rebounds, points in the paint and turnovers, but the free-throw disparity coupled with the poor defense by the Suns was the difference in the game.

Quick hits:

  • Luke Zeller was the only one of the three bigs hoping to make the roster to make an appearance tonight, and if he hadn't already played himself off the team he probably did in this game; 0-3 with one rebound and one foul in a full quarter's worth of action.
  • Diante Garrett got in the game as well, although he played much better. Garrett recorded two points and two assists in less than five minutes of playing time alongside Kendall Marshall. I continue to hope the Suns find a way to keep him in the organization.
  • Beasley, Brown, Johnson and O'Neal combined to go 6-26 with a whole lot of bad shots. Not good.


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One night after defeating the Kings, the Suns head to the golden state to play... Golden State. This may be the last chance that some guys have to make the squad.

Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.

Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.

Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.

But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.

Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.

Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.

Check out the rest of the roster.





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The Suns are now 3-3 on the preseason campaign after getting thumped pretty good by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.

Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.

Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.

But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.

Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.

Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.

Check out the rest of the roster.





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