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7 days ago: Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, left, of Slovenia, leaps over Utah Jazz forward C.J. Miles, right, for a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The Suns didn't exactly look horrible tonight, but it wasn't a masterpiece, even by preseason standards. Missed free throws (14) and periods of flat, unmotivated defensive play put the Suns into a hole.
The second unit showed their potential and managed to take a lead early in the fourth, but too many missed shots let that slip away.
The good news is that the starters, for the most part, looked fine. It wasn't until Gentry started experimenting with his puzzle pieces that things went south, with only 11 points scored in the second quarter.
Hedo Turkoglu left in the second with only 9 minutes played. He was reported to have a back contusion and didn't return.
More game recap here, including postgame quotes:
It's simply not meaningful to look at a practice session (which is all these games are) and read too much into anything. The entire month of October is training camp and the exhibition games are, at best, dress rehearsals but in reality much more like a fancy scrimmage.
"It's preseason and some players have -- how you say -- tough legs and still need some free days to recover. Hopefully, when season is going to start we're going to make everything," Goran explained.
Here's the bullet-by-bullet blow-by-blow of the game. Enjoy, I did.
Rick Scuteri - AP
That's my ball! (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Here's the game previews
Game Preview, Preseason Game #4: Suns Host Utah, 7PM AZ Time - Bright Side Of The Sun
Hedo is still trying to fit in, as are Warrick and Childress. And Hill, Nash et al are already playing the "its going to take us a long time to gel" card. Apparently, what appears to be schoolyard bball with no plays and the PG magically creating every shot attempt off his own dribble is something a lot more complicated than that.
Gentry says we can expect the Suns starters to play in the low- to mid-20 minute range. The Suns face the Jazz again on Wednesday in Utah and then on October 28 in the second game of the regular season. Three times in two weeks is a lot of Jazz for Gentry. "They beat you up pretty good so there's no reason to get all beaten up in the preseason. I'll limit Steve (Nash) and some of the other guys' minutes some what and be able to take a look at some of these other guys in those situations," Gentry said after this morning's shoot around.
Take a look at Utah bloggers' take on the game tonight.
Let's get this party started!