Hidden Gems From the Suns Win Over Detroit
The Suns nabbed their first victory of the 2012-13 season with a 92-89 win over the visiting Pistons on Friday. Check out some notable tidbits uncovered in the locker room before and after the game.
The P Stands for Persistence
P.J. Tucker knows what perseverance is. The Suns forward went 2,143 days between his first two career double-digit performances in the NBA.
Tucker, who appeared in 17 games with the Raptors during the 2006-07 season, signed with the Suns during the offseason after spending the past five seasons playing abroad. Ironically, Tucker’s only ever double-digit effort in the NBA before Wednesday came against the Suns on December 19, 2006.
He scored 12 that night.
Rotation Down the Stretch
Before the game, Suns head coach Gentry told the media in his office not to read too much into Beasley not playing down the stretch of the home opener. His replacement, P.J. Tucker, scored 10 on 5-of-9 shooting.
He also added a healthy dose of defensive intensity.
“We’re still trying to figure out the combination of guys to play, how to play them and how to get them the ball,” Gentry said. “In defense of Michael, we’re still trying to figure that out as coaches too.”
He continued by saying, “Michael needs to be on the floor, we want him on the floor. We also didn’t anticipate getting 15 points behind early on and felt like we needed a defensive presence in there.”
Opponents’ Scouting Report
Before the game, Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank told reporters that the key to stopping the Suns’ attack would come down to limiting the effectiveness of Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and Beasley.
“Dragic is a very good playmaker so you have to be aware of his penetration,” Frank said. “He is a creator. He has the ability to score and create for others.”
Frank noted that that not every team is “loaded with one star,” and even if it was, coaches don’t game plan against just one player anyway.
“He is not going to score 102 points,” Frank said.
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