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Court Report: Suns Ready for Home Opener

Gentry emphasized defense as the key to the home opener.
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Posted: October 31, 2012

The Suns tip off the 2012-13 season at home against Pacific Division-rival Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at 7 p.m. With it being Halloween and all, we thought it would be a scary prospect if fans didn’t get a preview of how the Suns are approaching their home opener. So fear no more...

1. Game Strategy: Suns head coach Alvin Gentry sees transition defense, screen-and-roll defense and managing turnovers as the three key points to defeating the Warriors.

“Turning the ball over against them is really death,” Gentry said.

2. Injury Update: Everyone that active the final game of preseason is ready to go for the Suns, while the Warriors are still up in the air. Warriors center Andrew Bogut went through his first full practice of the season Monday after being sidelined with a fractured ankle.

“He’s a very good player,” Gentry said. “There’s a reason that he was the first pick in the draft."

Meanwhile, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who has been nursing a rolled ankle, is being penned into the Warriors’ starting lineup after missing the last preseason game against Phoenix.

3. Perimeter Shooting: The Suns’ coaching staff believe that stopping Golden State comes down to curbing the accurate outside shooting of Curry and shooting guard KlayThompson.

"When they shoot the ball it opens up the floor and their inside game becomes a factor,” Gentry said.

4. Young Warriors: During the preseason, Golden State received nice production out of the second-year man Thompson, as well as rookie Harrision Barnes. They were second and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively.

Both are averaging over double figures.

“(Thompson) has really stepped his game up and Harrison Barnes has played great during the preseason,” Gentry said. “Their team is really good offensively and they have dangerous three-point shooters.”

5. Season Start: After slow starts the past couple of seasons, the Suns would like to begin the season on a roll, and not because this team has less veterans.

“It’s going to be very important for us to get off to a good start,” Gentry said. “But it would be the same if we had all veteran guys too. It’s just important not to dig yourself into a hole early on.”

Phoenix's first two games are at home.

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