Both Steve Nash and JJ Redick will miss Sunday afternoon’s game in Phoenix according to the Orlando Magic Daily. The Suns’ official Twitter feed posted a confirmation from coach Alvin Gentry that the Suns’ star point guard would miss the game, joking that, “We’ll be fine. We’ve won like three games without him.”
Recently-acquired backup point guard Aaron Brooks is expected to get the start in place of Nash, his first with his new team. Zabian Dowdell will lead the second unit.
Speaking of Dowdell, the former Virginia Tech standout, it seems that his enthusiasm and confidence is contagious on the Suns bench. Marcin Gortat expressed the utmost faith in his ability to counter Dwight Howard. Gortat told reporters that he was in a good place – “I’m starting from the worst position,” Gortat said. “He’s supposed to kick my ass. So if that’s what’s going to happen, that’s what people expected.”
The Polish Hammer went on to say,
“I know what frustrates this guy. I know what moves he likes to do, I know what kind of moves (Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing) is teaching him. So I would say I have a little advantage over the rest of the guys in the league.
“But still, (at the) end of the day, it’s still about having big balls and holding your ground when the guy’s trying to kick your ass. Seriously, man. It’s not easy when you have a 280-pound guy with a smile on his face trying to crush your face. You’ve got to be tough, I’m telling you right now. His elbows are hard (as) rocks.”
ProBasketballTalk.com – courtesy of Brett Pollakoff