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Rookie Janning Pleased to Contribute

Playing most of the fourth quarter Friday, rookie Matt Janning racked up seven points and two boards.
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By Josh Greene, Suns.com
Posted: Oct. 22, 2010

With minutes always being a hot commodity for any NBA rookie, Matt Janning made the most of his in the fourth quarter of Friday’s preseason finale vs. the Nuggets.

Starting the final frame, the guard racked up seven points on 3-of-7 shooting to go along with two rebounds in just over 14 minutes of action. He also connected on his lone three-point attempt, while also making life a bit more difficult for Denver shooters on the defensive end.

“You go out and guard guys who are playing a lot of minutes,” Janning said. “It was a good test for me. I played well. I was happy with the way I played defensively. I just have to go out there and continue to do that.”

The Northeastern alum certainly seemed to get under the skin of his chief defensive assignment, Arron Afflalo. Coming off a late offensive foul, the Nuggets forward amped up the physicality with the rookie guard on the other end of the floor, prompting an impromptu life lesson from Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry.

“Coach just said to not back down,” Janning said. “If guys see you back down, they’ll just keep coming at you. That stuff’s on film, so guys all around the league will see that. I just tried to play tough.

“As a rookie, I’m going to be tested all the time. I just have to be ready and go out there and play physical. I need to work hard every night.”

MEATHAWK PRODUCTIONS BACK BEHIND THE CAMERA

Hot off the release of their recent Terry Fox documentary, filmmakers-cousins Steve Nash and Ezra Holland have wasted little time lining up their next round of projects for their film company, Meathawk Productions.

“We just did a viral commercial shoot in Phoenix for a quadocopter you control with your smartphone,” Holland told Suns.com. “The idea revolves around Steve giving a really bad sales pitch.

“We’ve been developing various things, but this project gave us an opportunity to spend some time together and discuss things.”

Catching his point guard/cousin in action vs. the Warriors and Nuggets this week, Holland is never surprised by the energy Nash exhibits both on and off the court.

“Steve’s intensity in training is really a relentless pursuit, and that’s quite incredible to watch,” the filmmaker said. “When you train hard for something, it’s easy to focus on other things. He always has a clear idea what he wants to do, so he’s a great guy to work with.”

Following up their success with “Into the Wind,” tentatively up next for the duo is another athlete documentary – soccer great Pele.

“A story like Terry’s is so compelling,” Holland said, “it was difficult to find another one as compelling. Pele is another fantastic story, and we’ll see it’s done properly.”

FREE OPEN PRACTICE TOMORROW

On Saturday, head out to US Airways Center for the Suns’ annual Open Practice, beginning at 10 a.m. The free event will feature appearances by the Gorilla, Suns Dancers and Verve Sol Patrol, in addition to a team scrimmage with all your favorite Suns players.

Fans in attendance will also be able to take advantage of great deals on Suns ticket plans and an exclusive $10 ticket offer for upcoming Suns games against San Antonio (November 3), Memphis (November 5) and Sacramento (November 12). The offer is valid on select seats and will be available at the US Airways Center box office during the Open Practice.