Overheard in the Locker Room: Suns vs. Cavs
The Suns nabbed their first back-to-back wins of the season Friday by capturing a 107-105 home victory over the Cavs. Phoenix unleashed the largest home comeback in franchise history, rallying from 26 points down to snag their third win of the season and reach .500. Check out some notable tidbits uncovered in the locker room before and after the game.
Although it’s only been six games, Suns center Marcin Gortat finds himself the NBA’s leader in blocks. This has been an enormous jump forward for Gortat, who was 16th in the league blocks per game last season at 1.5 a night.
Now, he’s swatting 4.33 shots a night, which is 1.33 a night more than Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders. Gortat’s totals have also allowed the Suns to rank first in the league lead in rejections.
As a team, the Suns have come close, but have never led the NBA in blocks. Their best-ever effort came during the 2007-08 season when they averaged 6.32 blocks a game, finishing second in the league overall.
The same goes for individual honors. No Sun has ever led the NBA in blocks, although Larry Nance finished fourth in the league during the1982-83 season.
Gortat had five more on Friday.
Zeller vs. Zeller
The Zeller family will have to wait until at least November 27 – if at all this season – to see Suns big man Luke Zeller play against his younger brother, Tyler. Tyler, a rookie center for the Cavs, suffered a non-displaced fractured left cheek earlier this week against the Clippers .
He’s out indefinitely and did not make the trip to Phoenix.
“It’d be good to see him,” Luke said. “But we played against each other lots of times, so it’s something that’s happened before.”
Suns backup center Jermaine O’Neal, who went through shootaround earlier Friday, ended up not dressing for the Cavs game for personal reasons. O’Neal missed Wednesday’s game in Charlotte because of a death in the family and with that issue not yet resolved, will not make the trip to Utah on Saturday.
At shootaround today, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry dealt Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving quite the compliment.
“Kyrie Irving is quickly turning into the best point guard in this league,” Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said.
Irving posted an impressive 17 points and eight assists Friday. However, the Suns' own point guard, Goran Dragic, led all scorers with 26 points.
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