Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasove (7), of Turkey, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Phoenix. The Suns won 109-93. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The Phoenix Suns bucked the early season trend of low scoring first quarters and cold shooting games Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks by hitting their first five shots from the field while Steve Nash dished 10 assists. The squad that had looked as though they had never seen one another before functioned like that well oiled machine we saw against the Blazers as the Suns broke out 13-19 shooting and an 18-10 lead in the first period.

After outscoring Milwaukee in the 2nd by 5, the Suns busted up the Bucks 34-19 in the third quarter...the game was over for all intents and purposes after that.

Looking up and down the stat sheet the Suns looked like a balanced, quality club:

And here is where your boy starts raving about things...MARKIEFF MORRIS...Listen, he's young, he's bound for ups and downs, but this kid has the mental makeup that prior draft choices like Earl Clark don't have...13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks. The kid makes things look easy, he never looks rattled, he lets the game come to him, and he busts his cojones out there. If you've been critical of the Suns FO and their history on developing youngsters, well, check this out...the alleged better brother, Marcus, he's in the D Leagues and Markieff is quickly becoming a vital cog in the Suns attack... CHANNING FRYE...yeah its great when he picks up double digit boards, but the Suns squad is 100% more difficult to defend when this guy starts draining threes. I mentioned it in the preview, and you saw it tonight. He stretches the floor and creates serious matchup problems...

MORE NUMBERS:

  • YOUR Phoenix Suns shot 56% from the field and 45% from beyond the arc-SEASON HIGHS
  • YOUR Phoenix Suns scored 20 fast break points
  • which is why it didn't much matter the Suns were out-rebounded 38-40

Quotable:

ALVIN GENTRY:

"I thought Steve did a good job of opening up the offense and we made shots...that's the time when you need to get separation and I was a little disappointed...it was a total team win and a win we needed to have...You always want to take care of business at home before you go on a road trip...i thought Shannon Brown was much more aggressive today although he's still feeling his way around."

GET JACKED UP SUNS FANS!!!!!! WINS=CONFIDENCE AND CONFIDENCE EQUALS WINS...LET'S BUST US SOME LAKER ARS*!

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DEFENSE, BABY (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Phoenix Suns look for victory #2 in a row after drubbing the PTL in what was clearly their best game of the season thus far. The opponents tonight are the visiting 2-5 Milwaukee Bucks who are losers of four in a row.

Don't let the Bucks' record deceive you. While managing to lose to the Nuggets, Kings, Clippers, and Jazz, the margin of defeat against some decent WC competition has been near 6 points. In addition, the Bucks have played their last three games without Andrew Bogut, who is in Australia, dealing with, well, no one seems to know, so it's called a "family issue."

The Suns have won 18 straight against the Bucks in U.S. Airways Center and 23 straight match ups in Phoenix.

While the Suns strangely find themselves in the league top 10 in both field goal percentage (42.3%) and points (91.3) allowed, the Bucks only allow 91.9 ppg and 41.6%. Can you say a DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE is on tap for tonight? These two squads have remarkably similar numbers on offense, which, aren't that great:

PPG: PHX 92.9, MIL 91.4
FG%: PHX 42.8, MIL 41.9.
TOT REB: (let's remember Bogut is out tonight): PHX 43.7%pg, MIL 41.9%.

What They're Saying

Bucks coach Scott Skiles:

"We're not respectful of execution yet like we need to be. We're coming out of timeouts and guys are not knowing where they're supposed to be, losing focus. Which is typically what a losing team does."

Stephen Jackson (who couldn't blame himself or his teammates):

"It's hard when you don't get calls on the road. We're going in there aggressive and not getting those calls. It's kind of frustrating."

Suns Coach Alvin Gentry

"We've done a good job of containing dribble penetration for the most part...If you're not rotating in dribble penetration, then you can keep your bigs on their bigs so the rebounding becomes less of a factor. Elston (Turner) and Dan Majerle have done a great job with what we're trying to establish and just the whole atmosphere we're trying to create defensively."

The Bucks:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Brandon Jennings 7 39.4 7.6 18.4 41.1 1.9 6.4 28.9 3.0 4.0 75.0 1.0 2.7 3.7 5.6 2.7 1.7 0.1 1.6 20.0
Andrew Bogut 4 33.5 6.3 14.5 43.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 3.0 58.3 1.8 8.3 10.0 2.8 1.3 1.3 1.8 3.3 14.3
Stephen Jackson 7 32.7 4.3 13.7 31.3 1.4 5.7 25.0 3.3 3.9 85.2 1.3 2.4 3.7 3.1 4.1 1.4 0.3 3.6 13.3
Drew Gooden 5 23.8 5.0 10.8 46.3 0.2 0.6 33.3 3.0 4.0 75.0 3.2 5.0 8.2 1.0 1.6 0.6 0.4 2.4 13.2
Mike Dunleavy 3 30.3 2.7 8.3 32.0 1.7 4.7 35.7 3.3 4.3 76.9 1.0 3.3 4.3 4.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.7 10.3
Beno Udrih 5 19.8 4.0 7.8 51.3 0.4 2.0 20.0 0.4 0.8 50.0 0.6 1.0 1.6 2.0 1.4 0.2 0.0 1.4 8.8
Carlos Delfino 5 27.8 3.0 7.0 42.9 1.4 3.6 38.9 1.0 1.4 71.4 0.4 3.6 4.0 2.4 0.4 1.2 0.4 2.8 8.4
Shaun Livingston 7 24.1 2.9 6.0 47.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.6 72.7 0.7 1.3 2.0 2.9 1.4 0.6 0.3 2.0 6.9
Ersan Ilyasova 7 23.3 2.4 5.7 42.5 0.3 0.7 40.0 0.9 1.3 66.7 1.7 4.3 6.0 1.0 1.7 0.6 0.4 3.3 6.0
Jon Leuer 7 16.1 2.4 4.6 53.1 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.9 83.3 1.6 2.4 4.0 0.9 0.4 0.6 0.7 1.7 5.6
Tobias Harris 1 8.0 2.0 4.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.0 4.0
Luc Mbah a Moute 2 16.5 2.0 5.5 36.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 3.5 4.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 2.0 4.0
Larry Sanders 7 12.0 1.4 3.0 47.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.6 75.0 0.7 1.9 2.6 0.9 0.4 0.7 0.7 2.9 3.3
Jon Brockman 4 4.0 0.3 1.0 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5 50.0 1.0 0.8 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.8
Darington Hobson 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Getting Down to Brass Tacks

  • The Bucks are winless on the road after losing last night against the Clippers. With only 11 players available, the Bucks were forced to play two rookies, Tobias Harris and Darington Hobson.
  • The Bucks are without Andrew Bogut, (personal) Mike Dunleavy, (groin) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee)
  • The Bucks struggled on pick 'n roll defense, allowing Chris Paul, Caron Butler, and Blake Griffin to dominate. Let's hope that trend continues as Steve Nash and the boys go to work.
  • The Suns dominated a road weary Blazers squad on Friday, outrebounding them 47-38 and out shooting them 47% to 32%.
  • The Suns picked up 31 boards off the bench, led by Robin Lopez's 12 and Markieff Morris' 9.

Thoughts From the Master of the Obvious


This is a very winnable game for the Suns. Or, this is an expected victory. If the Suns are going to compete for a playoff spot, they need to beat up on the Milwaukee Bucks of the world. Like the Blazers, the shorthanded Bucks are playing the second game of a back to back. Look for the Suns to continue their defensive and rebounding prowess while exploiting the Bucks porous Pick and Roll defense. Here's to hoping Channing Frye can find his shooting touch, Grant Hill and Jared Dudley can contain Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings, and the Suns can build off their fast start Friday (30 first quarter points).

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