Court Report: Gentry on First Preseason Game
A day after the Suns’ first preseason game, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry met with the media after practice Thursday to talk about his team’s performance. Check out some of the key points that stood out to Gentry from the Suns-Kings game and how the team is preparing for the visiting Trail Blazers on Friday.
1. Need to Improve Rebounding: “We have to get that out of our system, because at the end of the day, they shot 40 percent,” Gentry said. “We did pretty good on first possessions, but then we gave second shots up. That’s an opportunity for us not to run, gives us an opportunity to get into foul trouble and it gives them the opportunity to score.”
2. Injury Update: Shooting guard Shannon Brown sat out of Thursday’s practice and Wednesday’s game with seven stiches over his left eye. Brown injured the eye at practice Monday after colliding with teammate P.J. Tucker.
The high-flying guard actually had a blood clot on the top of his eye because the gash was made not only by Tucker’s head, but by the eye-protective glasses that he was wearing when he collided with Brown. The 6-4 Brown is uncertain of his return, although he did everything but full-contact drills at practice Thursday.
In other news, point guard Sebastian Telfair, who sat out of Wednesday’s game with an injured thumb, practiced with the team Wednesday.
3. Most Encouraging Aspect of the Game: “I thought we really had unselfish play,” Gentry said. “I thought Michael (Beasley) played well early on, that Wes (Johnson) did some good things and that Markieff (Morris) did some good things.”
Beasley poured in 12 of his 14 points in the first period, Johnson scored a team-high 18 points and Morris totaled 16 points and seven rebounds.
4. Return of the Dragic: “He was just dead-dog tired because he hadn’t practiced at all,” Gentry said,” Gentry said.
The Suns head coach isn’t worried, however, knowing that point guard Goran Dragic just needs to get his wind back after a nursing a sprained ankle during training camp.
5. Rotation: “Tomorrow at shootaround we’ll take a look and see who we want in the rotation and who will get extended minutes tomorrow,” Gentry said.
Last game, camp invitees Ike Diogu and Luke Zeller did not receive playing time, but Solomon Jones and Othyus Jeffers did.
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