PHOENIX — They still haven’t figured them out. The Phoenix Suns put together a promising first half, but a sluggish third quarter left coach Jeff Hornacek‘s team failing to get over...

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The Suns are coming off a win against the Lakers in L.A. last night. Will they be able to beat a very good Grizzlies team at home tonight?

What: Phoenix Suns Vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Where: U.S. Airways Center - Phoenix, AZ

When: 7:00 p.m. (AZ)

Watch: FSAZ (locally) / NBA League Pass

The Phoenix Suns beat a Los Angeles Lakers team late last night that was fighting as hard as ever to get their first win of the season.  Fortunately for the Suns, that didn't happen, as Phoenix was able to withstand a barrage of shots from Kobe Bryant, who played 44 minutes and scored 39 points on 37 attempts. and escape L.A. with a win to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Tonight, the Suns will have their work cut out for them as they face the Memphis Grizzlies, who are one of only three teams in the NBA who are still undefeated.  The Grizzlies had struck out to a 4-0 start to the season after beating the Timberwolves, Pacers, Hornets and Pelicans, respectively.  For Memphis, the Suns will likely be the toughest competition they've faced thus far.  They will be looking to prove that they are a real threat in the Western Conference, by beating the Suns on their home court tonight.

Probable Starting Lineups

Team Suns Grizzlies
PG Eric Bledsoe Mike Conley
SG Goran Dragic Tony Allen
SF Marcus Morris Tayshaun Prince
PF Markieff Morris Zach Randolph
C Miles Plumlee Marc Gasol

What To Watch For

Tired legs: The Suns have gotten off to a slow start in all but one of their four games thus far.  At times, the Suns have seemed out of sync to start the game, and this could be even further exacerbated tonight by having played on the road late last night.  The Suns simply cannot afford to allow the Grizzlies to take a commanding lead early on, they have to begin the game with a fast tempo and aggressive attitude...which leads me to my next point.

Run And Gun: There's no question that the Suns are at their best when running the floor and getting out into transition to score quickly on their opponent.  This should be one of their biggest advantages, as the Grizzlies aren't exactly a known for their fast play.  However, if they let the Grizzlies dictate the pace of the game, and get sucked into a half-court style of play, this will strongly benefit Memphis.  Because they will give the Suns...

Big Trouble: If the game against Utah showed the Suns anything, it's that their greatest weakness seems to be competing against teams with big, strong, skilled big men...and that's exactly who Memphis will feature.  The Grizzlies' front-court tandem of Gasol and Z-Bo are not only the two leading scorers and rebounders for Memphis, they are the focal points of their offense.  Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee, and Alex Len will have their hands full dealing with these two and will definitely need all the help they can get from the...

Hydra: The Suns back-court has all the potential to be the most dangerous and electrifying in all of the NBA this season.  With a rotation of Bledsoe, Dragic, Thomas...the potential for points off of transition scoring, three-point shots, aggressive and-one's, and high-flying dunks seems limitless.  Although all three had good games overall in the first two, none have been been consistent throughout all four.  The Suns will live and die by the play of their backcourt this season, and they will likely need all three of these players at their best to defeat a team like Memphis tonight.  That plus a good showing from...

The Bench: Last night, the Suns were carried to a victory by the bench...specifically Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green, who combined for 48 points between the two of them. Although the Suns will certainly need their starters to play better tonight, you should probably get used to a recurring theme of the Suns relying on their bench to out-score the opponent's.  The Suns will need the bench to show up big once again in order to get the win tonight.

Time: 7 p.m. MST TV: FSA Jeff Hornacek has succeeded at many thing since becoming the Phoenix Suns head coach last year. He turned a 24-win team into a 48-win team and gave it hope for the future....

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Time: 7:00 MST TV: FSA Jeff Hornacek has succeeded at many thing since becoming the Phoenix Suns head coach last year. He took a 24 win team and made it into a 48 win team, as well as give this team...

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While the point guards get the headlines, Markieff Morris has been the Suns most consistently good player.

While so many are watching how the Phoenix Suns three-headed monster of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas get along in the back court, few have noticed that power forward Markieff Morris has started off the season more productive than ever.

After four games, only three players in the entire NBA - Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin and Tyreke Evans - are putting up a higher combination of points, rebounds and assists per game than the quietly efficient Markieff Morris. And Morris plays at least five fewer minutes per game than any of them.

If you focus only on traditional PF points/rebounds numbers, just 12 NBA players put up more points and rebounds per game than Morris. And every one of those plays more minutes per game.

It's early in the season, of course, and Morris did win a Player of the Week award last season for being even better than this for a stretch, but we need to appreciate Keef's contributions as he has been more consistent than anyone else on the team.

Morris leads the team with two double-doubles in four games and is averaging 17.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in only 30.5 minutes per contest. He gets so few minutes because the Suns are such a deep team. In fact, Morris is second on the Suns in minutes played, behind only Goran Dragic.

Going back to the assists, Keef is surprisingly third on the team in scoring passes - ahead of Goran Dragic, who is still figuring out his role in the new team dynamic.

And while the Suns are just middle of the pack on defense, Keef holds his own on the blocks to offset his highly efficient offense. The Suns are far better on both offense and defense when Keef is in the game, with a net rating of +27.6 per 100 possessions with him on the court to lead the team in these early stages.

Coach Hornacek is still figuring out the best Suns lineups this early in the season, and he's smartly taking advantage of an easy early schedule over the Suns first four games.

But now the Suns schedule gets a lot tougher (Grizzlies, Kings, Warriors, Nets, Hornets), made just a bit easier by facing them at home. Coming out of this 5-game stand with a winning record will require the Suns to improve their overall play.

Getting Keef on the court for more minutes, as well as Dragic and Bledsoe, while incorporating P.J. Tucker back in the lineup can only help.

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