It was a rough start for the Suns in Summer League, losing to Golden State, and then receiving the news that Alex Len will miss the remainder of the SL with a broken finger. But no need to fear: T.J. Warren is here.

Las Vegas Summer League continues tonight, with the Suns playing their second game, facing Jabari Parker, The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last night, the Suns started the twin towers of Miles Plumlee and Alex Len. With Len out, not sure who will start in the frontcourt tonight besides Plum.

The Suns played a fairly sloppy and ugly game by our standards, scoring only 72 points while making zero 3s and producing only 2 assists. It is summer league, after all. Big men Miles Plumlee and Alec Brown combined to shoot 0-14, but budding young stars T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin combined for 39 points on 16-26 shooting.

I like T.J. Warren a whole lot. I think he's dreamy. Let's see what the Summer Suns can do tonight.

For more on summer league, see what Bright Side's Kellan Olson, who is onsite in Vegas, had to say here.

The view from the opposition can be seen here.

Suns vs. Bucks, 7PM AZ time, NBATV.

Bryan Gibberman, Brazilian soccer star Sreekar, and Scott Howard have come together to deliver a 4th edition of Bright Side After Dark. There were laughs, tears, bad jokes, and talk about the Phoenix Suns.

We kept you waiting a whole 9 days from our last podcast - an offense for which you receive my most sincere apology. I'm kidding. But I do appreciate you listening to us yell at each other anyway!

On this episode of the BSAD - Steve's latest invention accidentally gives him the ability to read minds- thinking it will be a good thing & change the whole world- until the Winslows feel that their privacy is invaded- including Laura- when Steve learns she's been attracted to him. Meanwhile, Carl becomes a troop leader for Richie, 3J and the Junior Woodsmen.

OK that's an episode of Family Matters.  In reality, we close the book on LeBron James, say goodbye to Channing Frye, welcome Isaiah Thomas, and cheer the return of PJ Tucker.  For good measure we also talk about Summer League, make some ridiculous predictions, and watch Gibby shove his foot in his mouth.

But don't listen to me - take it from the fans:

@sreekyshooter I was looking forward to the live sacrifice on BS After Dark

— Jack Kolbe (@JackKolbe) July 10, 2014

@sreekyshooter also, I'm listening to the podcast now and your verbal fisticuffs are a hootenany

— Shardul Golwalkar (@shardyg) July 8, 2014

@Gibberman10 @ScottHoward42 @sreekyshooter Finally listened to Brightside After Dark. It's audio version of a car wreck. Can't turn away.

— Espo (@Espo) July 7, 2014

Listen to us talk about sports and make fun of Gibberman right here:

Center Alex Len won’t participate in the rest of the Las Vegas Summer League after breaking his right pinky finger in the Phoenix Suns’ summer opener, the team announced on Sunday. Len...

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Alex Len has reportedly been ruled out for playing in the rest of the Summer League for the Suns.

After an impressive debut, Alex Len, the Suns' 7' 1" big man has reportedly been ruled out for the rest of the Phoenix Suns' Summer League games, due to a broken pinky that he sustained during the game when it got caught in another player's jersey.

A broken right pinky finger will sideline #Suns center Alex Len for the remainder of NBA Summer League.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 13, 2014

This is a tough break for Len, the Suns, and the fans alike who were all anxious to see Alex play after also missing last year's Summer League due to surgeries on both of his ankles.

Len scored 6 points on 3-7 shooting, grabbed 6 rebounds, and also registered two blocks in what looks to be his first and final Summer League game of this season.

Even more thoughts about the Phoenix Suns Vegas Summer League debut with quotes from coach and players.

Guys, I'm not going to share a lot of my thoughts or observations on the Summer Suns first game. Mostly because Kellan already did a great job of that and also because my eyes are out of practice watching live basketball. So, while I might be at the Steve Nash Declining Skills part of my career as a writer, I can still deliver the transcribing quotes.

Here's words that came out of the mouths of people you are likely interested in talking after the Suns loss to the Warriors:

Coach Longabardi

On Alex Len.

"I do feel like he looked good. He looked more comfortable. There's good things ahead for him."

On Tyler Ennis.

"He played much better as the game went on which is good. Defensively, I might have let (Curry) go a little bit too long so then the minutes got a little bit messed up and I probably should have played them both together at the end so that's on me."

"This summer league is for guys like him."

"I think there's some positives in him. He's good. He's a leader. Knows how to play offensively, advances the ball. Pick and roll game is good and then defensively he's just going to have to keep going through experiences to get better."

On T.J. Warren.

"I'm trying to get some stuff for him in the half court but I think our best offense right now is when we just get out and go but we've got to be disciplined and get our spots and get there quickly and be more precise. I thought that's where we struggled."

On Miles Plumlee offensive struggles.

"This was our first game. They had an advantage, they played last night. But there's no excuses. What happened tonight I kind of expected. Little jitters and execution wasn't as crisp or sharp. But hopefully like I told these guys, this is the NBA now we get to play again tomorrow. We'll clean it up. We'll watching film. We'll walk-through tomorrow and then we'll go from there."

On Alec Brown missing shots.

"I told him at halftime, he was wide open and I'll take them. He's a 40 percent three-point shooter, I'll roll with that anyday. He could have been, it's his first game, now it's out of his system. We come back tomorrow and then we'll see what happens."

On Archie Goodwin.

"Real, real aggressive (during the third quarter). He was good. He got out and ran the floor which is what I think we're going to need to do here in summer league...

Little bit undisciplined defensively and it cost us and he didn't block out a couple of time and they got second shots. Once again, this is more playing experience for him to get better. He's got to put it together and play both sides of the floor and you know, he'll get it. This is what it's all about. This is what (summer league) is for."

On his own coaching performance.

"I think the one thing I'm kicking myself on is that I probably should have let them play a little bit more...Seth (Curry) just came and joined the team so I was trying to keep it simple but that's what was tough for me personally. I think we'll get better. The guys will have a better flow."

Tyler Ennis on Suns point guard glut.

"In this league every team is going to have point guards you have to compete with. I'm fortunate that Phoenix is a team that plays two point guards at one time."

Ennis on transition from zone to man defense.

"The main thing is different calls. Different teams call screens different things. Just things like that. As time goes on I'll be able to catch on a little bit more."

T.J. Warren.

"I was anxious to get out there and be part of the team. Unfortunately, we didn't get the win but it was good to get the first one out of the way.

Yeah, I was nervous but as I got going up and down I started to calm down a little bit.

It's just thinking too much right now. I've got to calm down and relax and react to those guys and have fun."

I'm sorry that's all I have for you this time. I'm confident with a few more games I'll be able to shake off the rust and execute with more precision and crispness. In my VAST experience that's how Vegas Summer League works. First games are the worst and then things get better as the nerves ease and the team gets a bit more comfortable. By the third and fourth games it clicks and then boredom sets in and the "vets" stop playing hard for the fifth game. #patterns

Meanwhile, I got to hang out with my old buddy Mike Lisboa who was wearing these awesome kicks you see below.


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