Frye’s 12-Point Fourth Ices Suns Win
Posted: Oct. 19, 2010
A slow start for Channing Frye vs. the Warriors Tuesday only helped set the stage for the backup center’s late heroics to give the Suns a 92-87 win at US Airways Center.
Highlighted by a pair of three-pointers and a four-for-four showing from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, Frye scored 12 of his 14 points in the final frame to go along with four boards as the Suns improved to 2-5 this preseason and snapped a three-game losing streak.
“I’m not worried about the shots,” Frye said. “They will come. For me, I’m just trying to get into a groove with different guys. I’m excited for us and where we can go. We’re figuring it out.
“Defensively I want to get a little better, block more shots and take some more charges. That’ll be tough. I’m not really a charge kind of guy. Falling is not my thing (laughs).”
The Suns set a new preseason high with 56 team rebounds, with seven of them coming via the University of Arizona alum.
“I have to make my money somehow,” he said. “I set the bar very high for myself, so I try and get a rebound every three or four minutes. It’s all about me being active and getting into a rhythm.”
The Suns’ preseason shooting woes from beyond the arc continued through the first three quarters Tuesday (2-of-18, 3FG), before the squad hit 3-of-6 from outside to finish the game and, ultimately, the Warriors.
“For some reason (shots) are just not falling in the preseason,” Jason Richardson said. “So, the great thing is that it doesn’t count and the good thing is we get all the misses out, so when it comes October 26 those will be going in.”
Next up for Phoenix is Friday’s preseason finale vs. the visiting Nuggets at US Airways Center.
CHILDRESS INJURY UPDATE
Team physician Dr. Thomas Carter confirmed that Josh Childress did indeed break the tip of his right index finger after being fouled on a drive to the basket with 7:54 left in the game. The swingman returned to the game with 5:39 remaining and played the rest of regulation, finishing with three points and five rebounds.
“He will need to keep it immobilized for six weeks,” Carter told Suns.com, “but he can still play. It’s all about his comfort level with it being taped up.”
Childress is slated to do no activity for approximately one week and will be re-evaluated at that time.
SUNS WAIVE DOWDELL AND JONES
After the game, the Suns waived guard Zabian Dowdell and forward/center Dwayne Jones.
Dowdell saw action in five preseason games for the Suns, averaging 5.4 points and 1.6 assists, while Jones appeared in three exhibition contests for Phoenix and averaged two points and 3.3 rebounds.
NO AMUNDSON RETURN
Former Suns fan favorite Lou Amundson was an excused no-show for the Warriors Tuesday, one day after undergoing successful surgery to fix a fractured right index finger suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Golden State-Portland matchup.
“Lou was very good for us,” said Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry of his former forward. “He was an energy guy who helped give us a lot of extra possessions.”