By Ben York, Suns.com Looking to bounce back after a loss to the Utah Jazz at home, the Suns head to Memphis on Tuesday, December 3 to face the Grizzlies on the first game of another back-to-back. Now at 9-8 on the year, the game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona at 6:00pm and fans can listen to the radio broadcast on Arizona Sports 620. Click through to see five things Suns fans should watch for during #SunsAtGrizz.
Gerald Green’s Versatility “He said ‘Coach, whatever. If I have to come off the bench, if I start, I don’t care, I just want to do whatever I can to help this team,’” Hornacek said of Green to Suns.com’s Matt Petersen. “It’s a great attitude to have as a player. Coaches love it when you hear guys like that. I think he’s going to play the saem game whether he’s a starter or off the bench. He’ll give us a lift whenever he’s out there.”
Fastbreak Points The Suns have completed four of 18 back-to-back sets this season, and are 3-1 in the first game and 0-4 in the second game. Indeed, if Phoenix can maintain their up-tempo pace on this back-to-back set, it certainly bodes well. The Suns rank 1st in the NBA with 20.0 fast break points per game (New Orleans is next with 18.2) and rank 1st in the NBA with 19.7 percent of the team’s total points coming on the fast break (next highest is New Orleans with 17.5 percent).
Bledsoe in the 4th Quarter Bledsoe has been one of the most clutch players in the league this season during the fourth quarter. Averaging 6.6 points in the fourth, Bledsoe trails James Harden by less than two points (8.4) for the league lead. On the road, having a player like Bledsoe who comes up big in the clutch is huge.
A Healthy Squad As Suns.com’s Matt Petersen reports, perhaps the most pleasant change for Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek during post-practice interviews has been the lack of injury-related questions he had to answer. With Eric Bledsoe back from a calf injury that forced him to miss six games, the Suns are essentially back at full strength. Still, adjusting to the renewed health takes time – and what better place to start than on the road?
Channing Frye Heating Up Over the last six games, Channing Frye has led the team in scoring twice and scored 20+ points twice while averaging 17.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.33 steals, 1.00 blocks and shooting 59 percent from the floor and over 50 percent from beyond the arc. If Frye can get hot against a Memphis team who has a -2.3 point differential, it usually translates into wins.