By Ben York, Suns.com The Suns hit the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers for the second time this season on Wednesday, November 13. With both teams starting hot at 5-2 and Portland looking for payback after the Suns’ beat them on opening night, it’s sure to be a fun game to watch. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona at 8:00pm and fans can listen to the radio broadcast on Arizona Sports 620. Click through to see five things Suns fans should watch for during #SunsAtBlazers.
Markieff’s Inspired Play In his last two games, Markieff Morris has tallied 23 points and 28 points respectively against the Pelicans and Nuggets. His inspired play off the bench gives the Suns an entirely new look and an added scoring punch. Plus, it forces the defense to keep an eye out for Morris, thus, creating more scoring opportunities for his teammates. This could be a key factor against the Blazers who rely heavily on LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard for the bulk of their scoring load.
Rematch Suns.com’s Matt Petersen said it best. “When tuning in to watch the Suns game tonight, don’t look for the same Blazers team Phoenix beat 104-91 in the season opener. Portland has recovered and then some since then, winning five of their last six games on their way to a record identical to the Suns’. Their offense has been their catalyst in that span, clearing the 100-point mark in all but one of their games since the loss in Phoenix.”
Winning on the Road Undefeated at home, the Suns’ only two losses have come by a combined nine points on the road against the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. Additionally, away from US Airways Center, the Suns average 98.7 points compared to 101.5 at home. Still, tonight’s game marks the first time this season that the Suns have had more than one day in between games. They’ll certainly need to come out with increased energy against a surging Portland team.
Goran’s New Addition Suns point guard Goran Dragic and his wife had their first child on Tuesday – and Dragic wants to play as a tribute to his new addition, says Jeff Hornacek. “He said ‘I want to get out there and play for my new son,’” Hornacek said. “There’s that excitement. It’s a big thrill, obviously, to have your first child and to go out there and play. That child might not know what’s going on quite yet for a couple years, but there is that sense of pride that he wants to get back on that court for him.”
Bledsoe vs. Lillard In their first match-up, Eric Bledsoe and Damian Lillard both had tremendous games at the helm of their respective teams. Bledsoe tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Lillard amassed a game-high 32 points. Indeed, anytime these two dynamic guards meet is must-watch television.