By Ben York, Suns.com Now at 2-4 on the road and back at .500 on the year (6-6), the Suns continue their three-game road trip with a big match-up against the 4-7 Orlando Magic on Sunday, November 24. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona at 4:00pm and fans can listen to the radio broadcast on Arizona Sports 620. Click through to see five things Suns fans should watch for during #SunsAtMagic.
Dragic’s Stability No matter what the Suns are going through, they can always count on Goran Dragic to provide consistency and stability. With Eric Bledsoe still on a day-to-day basis due to a shin bruise, Dragic’s all-around game has been huge for Phoenix. Some nights they’ll need Dragic to score the ball and other nights they’ll need him to create opportunities for his teammates. If Friday’s game against the Bobcats was any indication, his ability to find the open man should be greatly beneficial for the Suns in Orlando.
Hornacek’s Teaching/Coaching On Friday against Charlotte, it was a rather sloppy game for both teams. Still, during every pause in the game, Hornacek was teaching, coaching and encouraging his team. That type of leadership is huge for a young squad. Plus, the team responds well to it. In order for Phoenix to go back over .500, they’ll need to implement the coaching points that Hornacek has continually emphasized – most notably, taking better control of the ball.
Gerald Green Expect Gerald Green to not to shoot 0-8 from the 3-point line again like he did versus the Bobcats. In fact, prior to that game, it seemed like Green couldn’t miss. Orlando gives up just over 101 points per game this season, so look for the Suns (and Green) to come out firing.
Turnovers Over the past two games, the Suns are averaging nearly 20 turnovers per game. They can’t afford to do that against solid defensive teams like the Magic and Heat (whom they’ll play on Monday). The ironic part is that the faster the Suns seem to play, the less they turn the ball over. Indeed, that’s the way they are built. Against the Magic, the Suns need to continue their up-tempo play and focus on ball control.
P.J. Tucker P.J. Tucker didn’t miss a shot on Friday against the Bobcats. More significantly, his energy and leadership helped rally the team when Charlotte was making a comeback. Sometimes on the road, a young team needs a veteran like Tucker to take control of the game and set the tone on both ends of the floor. On the first night of a back-to-back against the Magic and Heat, Tucker could be the difference-maker.