In Game 1 of the season series in Memphis, the Suns held a lead for most of the second half and only succumbed in overtime when Zach Randolph caught fire for one of his best offensive games of the season.
In Game 2 in Phoenix, the Suns beat Memphis on a last-second stop-and-twist layup by Goran Dragic that was, at the moment, the biggest win on the young-ish season.
Now the Grizzlies are all kinds of discombobulated since trading away one of their best players and notes Suns killer, Rudy Gay, for Detroit's Tayshawn Prince last week. In the first game with the new guys, Memphis barely squeaked by Washington.
"I was worried," coach Lionel Hollins said. "You never know. We had new players on the bench, so we had more people to work with. But you never know how it is going to work out when you have new guys for the first game."
For now, Jarryd Bayless is starting alongside Tony Allen and Mike Conley on the wing until Prince settles in to the new team. That makes for a small, quick back court and could, potentially, allow P.J. Tucker to guard Conley at the point while Dragic takes on the quicker but less physical Bayless. Mike Conley is now a scorer, averaging 17 shot attempts in the two games since Gay's trade.
While the season series and the potential wing matchups might appear promising to Suns fans, do not forget that the Suns are still only 4-20 on the road - worst in the West.
Lately, the Suns have returned their hold 'em and fold 'em ways in the second half of road games, hanging their heads once the home team gets a little second-half momentum. After keeping a lead in Sacramento in interim head coach Lindsey Hunter's debut, the Suns have folded in the second half in San Antonio, Dallas and Golden State.
Quotes out of the locker room following the Golden State sounded eerily similar to quotes all season: once we got down, we hung our heads (paraphrased).
No longer on Memphis: Rudy Gay, Darrell Arthur, Marreese Speights
Lakers play at New Jersey tonight after barely beating Detroit on Sunday, who were still waiting for Jose Calderon to get cleared and were missing Tayshawn Prince. Lakers needed Detroit to miss three straight easy shots to seal the 1-point win.
Lakers may be winning some games lately, but they still don't look like a good team.
Arizona Sports.com dug up this story doing this thing called "reporting". Props to them for the "journalism thang". They acquired the police report of this incident and reported the following:
Suns forward Michael Beasley has run-in with the law ArizonaSports.com
He was cited for driving with a suspended license, driving with excessive speed, driving with expired registration and failure to display a license plate on the rear of the vehicle. Driving with a suspended license and excessive speeding are criminal traffic violations, whereas driving with expired registration and failure to display a license plate are civil traffic violations. The report states the officer placed Beasley in handcuffs and arrested him, but decided to release him at the scene due to his cooperation.
There's more juicy details from the story. For instance, Beasley was packing a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his car but since this is Arizona, that's no big deal. In fact, and this might not be 100 percent correct, but I think you can be cited for driving without a loaded weapon in some parts of the state. Any lawyers out there want to check me on that one?
Another great part of the story was the officer handcuffing Beasley, taking him to the patrol car, and determining that Beasley wouldn't fit in said car so he "cut him a small break" and let Michael walk -- literally, he had to walk since they impounded his ride.
If you are looking for someone to get worked up over this and start talking about Beasley's "character issues" keep on moving down your radio dial. Speeding down Scottsdale at one in the morning is nothing compared to Mark Grace's repeated DUIs, Charles Barkley various issues, or even Jason Richardson speeding around with his young child not in a car seat.
Shame on you, Michael. Get your sh*t together. There, is that harsh enough? It's not like he allegedly committed mortgage fraud and was reportedly under federal investigation.
Oh, and the Suns released this statement:
"We are aware that Scottsdale Police stopped and cited Michael Beasley for motor vehicle infractions at approximately 1:10 a.m. on January 25, 2013. After being briefly detained on-site, he was released. According to the police report, Michael was ‘cooperative' and ‘no impairment was found' following field sobriety tests. We have discussed the matter with Michael and at this time do not believe any further action by the Club is warranted."
Moving on now to Michael Beasley's poor shot selection, inconsistent defense, and other basketball reasons.