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Suns Undergo First Scheduling Trifecta

Gentry remembers when playing three night in a row was normal.
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By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: Feb. 16, 2012

When the condensed 66-game schedule was released, you knew there were going to be some adjustments. One of them happened to be that NBA teams were going to start playing three nights in a row.

On Wednesday, the Suns concluded their first back-to-back-to-back set of games of the season. It was the first time the Suns have played three nights in a row since the 1998-99 season.

Phoenix is 2-6 in the first game of a back-to-back this season and 4-4 on the second half of back-to-backs. Due to the grind of playing three games in three nights, the coaching staff elected to rest nicked-up veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill in the second game of the set (against Denver on Tuesday).

Despite the rare scheduling circumstances, Suns wing Jared Dudley said that like most players on the team, he’s kept his usual routine of performing corrective exercises before the game, taking an afternoon nap and not spending as much time warming up on a back-to-back.

“A lot of it is just feeling good mentally once you’re here,” Dudley said. “So you do what puts you into the right mindset.”

As a product of the “old school,” Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry really didn’t think much of the scheduling aberration.

“Everybody talks about these games like they’re some unbelievable thing,” Gentry said. “They used to play (three games in a row) all the time… and they flew commercial."

Gentry went on to explain that in the old days, players used to carry their own luggage. Even more revealing was hearing about how NBA players used to wash their own uniforms.

“Well, at least some of them did,” he joked.

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