Mark How much of a difference would Isaiah Thomas have made in the three losses? The guy is questionable every night, c’mon. The Suns are 3-5 in the eight games Thomas has missed with an ankle...

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Three weeks after Markieff Morris said that Piston's guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had "no heart", the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns face off again, this time at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

Tonight the Phoenix Suns face the Detroit Pistons (7:00 pm AZ time on FoxSports Arizona (TV)and ArizonaSports 98.7 (radio)) in Phoenix at US Airways Center.

At 3-19 on the year, the Pistons are struggling. But then so were Charlotte, Orlando and Miami when they beat the Suns in Phoenix. Charlotte had lost two straight before beating Phoenix 103-95 on an Orange Friday, then proceeded to lose their next 10 straight games. Orlando had lost four straight before beating Phoenix 93-90, then lost two more before pulling out wins against the Jazz and Kings. And most recently, the Miami Heat had lost four straight before beating the Suns 103-97 on Tuesday night, then lost on Wednesday by 20 to Denver.

The Suns are only 6-5 at home counting those ugly losses to under-.500 Charlotte, Orlando and Miami. It hasn't been a banner fall at US Airways Center.

The Pistons

But now the Pistons are absolutely the worst team to visit the Suns all season. At 3-19, riding a 13-game losing streak, the Pistons represent a chance for every NBA team to notch a win in their belts.

If you think it's bad in Phoenix with the Suns going the three-PG route, try Detroit where they are going the three-bigs route where no one is happy and they are playing disjointed and ineffective basketball. While the Suns re-signed Bledsoe, the Pistons had to watch Greg Monroe sign his qualifying offer and become a mercenary waiting for free agency. Now, Monroe is coming off the bench while the underperforming Josh Smith is back to his power forward position in the starting lineup.

The Suns

Isaiah Thomas returns for the Suns tonight after missing eight games where the Suns went 3-5 without him. Check out the practice report by Sean here, where Thomas and Hornacek discuss his return.

"I can help with energy," Thomas said. "That's what I do, that's my game. If I'm not playing with energy then I'm not that good of a basketball player. I think I can help, actually, I know I can help. We've played pretty well but we haven't been able to close games, and I think I can help in that aspect as well."

Suns-Pistons so far

You might remember the Suns eeked out a road win in Detroit on a missed three-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the buzzer. KCP had just made a couple of threes to keep Detroit in the game, but apparently showed he had "no heart" by missing the last one.

The "no heart" comment was made by Markieff Morris in the locker room after the game ended. "KCP got it and you know he doesn't have any heart so we knew he was going to miss it."

He and KCP had had words in the first half and apparently all wasn't hunky dory yet.

KCP's reponse to Morris' comment: "It is what it is."

We'll see how both teams react to this bulletin board material.

How they compare




Key Matchup

The Morris brothers against KCP, and anyone else that wants to weigh in on the battle, or whatever it is. Clearly, something is wrong between KCP and the Morrii or Markieff would not have completely dissed him like that after the game. Will that spill over into tonight's game? If KCP does have heart and/or his teammates have his back, then something will escalate. If nothing at all happens, then that says all you need to know about why the Pistons are 3-19.

Out on a limb

Markieff's dog named King has apparently been missing since Thanksgiving, about a week after that Detroit game . I'll go out on a limb and say that these two story lines involving Markieff are NOT related.


Hope that Keef finds his dog, folks!

Final Prediction

I have been a bad luck charm lately. Under my watch at the arena, the Suns have lost to Orlando and Miami in the past week.

Don't make it three bad losses in a row for me, Suns!

The Jam had a bit of a disappointing week, especially considering that the team had won four of its last five games coming in. The team struggled, finishing 1-2, while putting up its second lowest...

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FanDuel Tourney #4 Tonight!

SB Nation FanDuel tournament number four is on tap for tonight. I've made totally sure that you will be in contention for the big dollars so join using this link, read the tasty tidbits below, pick your team, and leave your lineup in the comments. Then brag your ass off on Twitter using #FanDuelSBN. Extra points for extra obnoxiousness.

Phantasy Phix

Time for the Suns to get back on track. Phoenix has dropped three straight, but the week ahead looks promising. The Suns have five consecutive games against opponents with sub .500 records. First up though is Detroit, who took the purple and orange to the wire on November 19th.

Who loves the Pistons?

P.J. Tucker. Last time the Pistons and Suns tangled, Tucker shot 6 of 8 from the field and hit 2 of 4 from behind the arc for 16 points to go with 7 rebounds. He also did not commit a turnover in 30 minutes.

Who hates the Pistons?

Isaiah Thomas. Yikes. In 23 minutes of play, Thomas shot a frigid 1 of 9 from the field and totaled just 5 points against Detroit.

Who loves the Thunder?

Gerald Green. Oklahoma City and Phoenix met three times last season. In those three games, Green averaged better than 28 points a contest, shot 55% from the field, and hit a blistering 18 of 30 three pointers.

Who hates the Thunder?

Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe hit 43% of his shots last season against Oklahoma City, falling short of his 51% average for the season. He also had two of his top ten turnover totals against OKC, including a season high of 8 on November 3rd.

Who loves the Suns?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP hit a number of big shots to keep the Pistons close in the last matchup. In total he hit 6 of 13 shots, including 3 of 7 treys for 15 points in 28 minutes.

Russell Westbrook. Two of Westbrook's top three scoring performances last season came against the Suns. On March 6th, he had his best night of the season, scoring 36 to go with 9 assists and 9 boards. A month later he scored 33, with 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

Who hates the Suns?

Andre Drummond. Ripping down 13 boards, good. Shooting 2 of 10 from the field for 4 points in 25 minutes, not very good.

Reggie Jackson. For the 2013-14 season, Jackson shot 44% from the field. In three matchups against the Suns, Jackson shot a combined 35%, bottoming out with a 2 of 8, 4 point performance on March 6th.

Last Call

Got it? I've given you the winners and losers. The rest is on you. To recap: #FanDuelSBN, leave your lineup below, and of course the link to make it all happen. I'd say "good luck" but you don't need it.

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Charles Barkley Framed Print

As if the Chuckster's head wasn't big enough already. Frame is plastic. Bidding starts at 8 bucks, shipping runs another $5.75.

Shawn Marion Game Worn Shoes

Worn by The Matrix in 2005. Here's the catch: they're also signed and personalized. So if your name is Walter, this could be a really good get. You can pick these up, shipping included, for $250. If that's too steep, the seller will hear offers so take a shot.

Phoenix Suns Kippah


An important reminder to never let your faith get in the way of your allegiance for the Suns. Take care of both for about $25 after shipping.

Dan Majerle Sports Bar Water Bottle

According to the seller this was a giveaway when the sports bar opened in December of 1992. New, never used, this can be yours for $10-$12 after shipping.

Suns T-Shirt

This can't be from our planet. It is unisex though! Celebrate the 1993 Western Conference championship team for $26-$40 after shipping.

Vince Carter Chinese Playing Card

These are so weird but I'm fascinated by them. You can pick up the five of clubs featuring Vinsanity for $12.75 after shipping. At that rate you can have a set together for 663 bucks.

Oliver Miller Cartoon

You don't have to read between the lines here. Oliver was a big boy. I assume he still is. The price is right, four bucks after shipping and it's yours.

Phoenix Suns Autographed Painting

Very cool item here. Painting includes the signatures of Dennis Johnson, Walter Davis, Alvan Adams, Jeff Cook, Truck Robinson and John MacLeod. Buy it now for $189 plus $18.50 shipping.

3 Dozen Phoenix Suns Golf Balls


36 of these beauties should last you a week. Assorted brands, all include the Suns logo. Bidding starts at $30, shipping is free.

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From that infamous preseason night when the Spurs literally did not show up. Heads up, by the time this article posts there will only be a few hours left in the auction, so move quick. Redeemable for tickets, merchandise, or food at any US Airways (pardon me, Talking Stick Resort) Arena event through June 30th, 2015. Not convinced yet? You also get the letter that came with the card and a coupon for a free Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. Bidding is currently at less than 20 bucks.

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