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Court Report: Monday's Practice

Jeffers was released Monday.
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Posted: October 15, 2012

On Monday, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry met with the media after practice to talk about how the team is building off of their first preseason win. Check out some of the key points that stood out to Gentry as the team readies for two preseason road games this week.

1. Competition: Suns head coach Alvin Gentry has noted that the common theme of practices thus far this season has been the competitiveness of them. The second team is really pushing the first team and fans can expect starters to be challenged for minutes.

“The one thing that has been pretty consistent has been the effort that everybody has brought to practice,” Gentry said Monday. "It’s been pretty competitive, especially in the drills and the scrimmages.”

2. Areas of Improvement: Coach Gentry said that when the team focuses on defense in practice, the staff has been focused on improving the club’s transition defense, offensive rebounding and dribble penetration.

On offense, the team is trying to work on its spacing and rhythm. Against Portland on Friday, Gentry believes his squad made gains in those areas on the offensive end.

3. Unsigned Suns: Heading into practice this morning, power forward Ike Diogu, power forward Luke Zeller, center Solomon Jones, shooting guard Othyus Jeffers and point guard Diante Garrett all were still attempting to make the team. All four have been with the team since the outset of training camp and have been competing for a roster spot.

“All of them have had their moments at some stage in practice or at training camp,” Gentry said. “It’s just going to be a situation where we decide what we want out of that spot and what we’re looking for.”

4. Jeffers Released: With that being said, the Suns decided that they were deep enough on the wing, deciding to release Shooting guard Othyus Jeffers after practice Monday. Jeffers scored a bucket and dished out an assist in five minutes of preseason action.

The Robert Morris product appeared in five games for the Jazz two seasons ago.

5. Morris Shines: In his post-practice media huddle, Gentry went out his way to praise the efforts of Markieff Morris in practice Monday. After playing until “he was exhausted” and scoring a team-high 14 points against the Blazers on Friday, Gentry was impressed with the “spirited” and “physical” practice that the second-year man uncorked today.

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