Regardless of tonight’s outcome, Phoenix will end the season with its best record since the 2009-10 campaign.
A win would also give them the distinction of tying Golden State for most wins (48) without a playoff berth as a reward. It would also even the season series with their opponent, Sacramento.
The Kings, however, will be without the services of productive big man Demarcus Cousins after he picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Sunday.
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Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek made no secret of his plan to give younger players such as rookies Archie Goodwin and Alex Len plenty of playing time in the season finale, saying they would enter “probably early” into the game.
It’s a small reward for their patience after expectations were altered in the middle of the season, when the team realized a collective playoff push was possible. Expect both Hornacek and players to enjoy the opportunities available in tonight’s game.
Sacramento’s speedy point guard has just one game under his belt after missing 10 straight due to a quadriceps injury.
Phoenix will hope that and some stingier defense will keep him from inflicting damage similar to that from the previous three meetings against the Suns. Thomas is averaging 23.7 points on 55.6 percent shooting against them this season.
All season, the Suns reserves have emphasized the camaraderie of the team by, for lack of a better term, going nuts when starters or rotation players make a good play.
With those bench players expected to log significant minutes tonight, expect the regulars to reciprocate and then some.
Among the likely scenarios to earn bench support: Archie Goodwin dunks, Alex Len scores inside, and Dionte Christmas three-pointers.
The Kings first-round rookie is in the midst of his most successful stretch of the season, having scored in double figures in 11 out of the last 14 games (12.4 ppg).
McLemore, however, is shooting just 39 percent from the field while hoisting 11 shots per game over that stretch.
That being said, the Suns will need to keep him on lock-down to prevent a hot shooting performance.
The Last Minutes
To a man, the Suns have been impressed with the camaraderie and chemistry of the team all season.
It will be worth noting how the players interact during the final minutes as the season officially draws to a close. The interactions between players, coaches, etc. will likely provide a visual bookend to what has been a feel-good season.