The Phoenix Suns opened their season with a rough loss to the New Orleans Hornets tonight, 85-84. Scoring 84 points will simply not get it done for this Suns team, and impressive performances from Robin Lopez and Marcin Gortat plus 12 assists from Steve Nash weren't enough for the Suns to beat a Hornets team that isn't exactly a contender. This was a hard loss to swallow.
Robin Lopez led the Suns with 21 points and looked like the team's best player tonight. The Hornets' Eric Gordon was 0-6 from 3, but made a cold-blooded jumper over Jared Dudley for the game-winner. On the subsequent possession, the Suns turned the ball over before getting a shot off.
Lopez was a bright spot for the Suns, along with Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat, but the Suns made only 40% of their FGs and 20% of their 3s. Again, that simply won't get it done.
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Next game: Wednesday, December 28th vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7PM MST
More postgame video with Gortat, Morris and Lopez can be found here.
Mmmm, new season smell. LET'S DO THIS!!!
[Note by Seth Pollack, 12/26/11 6:17 PM MST ]
Pregame notes from Alvin Gentry: