Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley move into starting lineup

Posted by on March 27th, 7:06 pm

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have finally decided to shake up their starting lineup, moving Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley into the starting unit in place of Robin Lopez and Vince Carter.

Head coach Alvin Gentry said that Carter will now be the Suns’ sixth man.

“We’ll see if that helps,” Gentry said. “It’s something we’re going to try as a team, and we’ll see how it works out. That’s all we can do is continue. We’ve got to continue to find a way to win games. Our goal is to win every game we’ve got left on our schedule.”

Gortat will make his first start at center for the Suns after starting next to Lopez on Jan. 5 against the Lakers. It will be the seventh overall start of his career. Dudley own 27 career starts, including five this season.

Carter missed all three shots in 10 minutes Friday against New Orleans before sitting out the second half due to illness. He clanked 16 of 23 shots earlier in the week at the Lakers.

Lopez has been a starter in name only the past few months, with Gortat already playing the bulk of the minutes. Lopez’s struggles reached a new low when he recorded four fouls in just under four ineffective minutes Friday against the Hornets.

Gortat will play after suffering a fractured nose two nights ago on a collision with Steve Nash that Gentry termed “a perfect storm” to lead to the injury.

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Jared Dudley · Marcin Gortat · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Robin Lopez · Vince Carter

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shawn // Mar 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Should have changed the lineup earlier but now is better than never especially with nothing to lose at this point.

  • 2 Mel. // Mar 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Getting things situated for the likely off-loading of Carter and Lopez in the off-season… and the boys look pretty solid against Dallas tonight, as a result.

  • 3 B. Cray Z. // Mar 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Hornets lost.

    Rockets lost, as well

    Gain some ground if we beat Mavs.

    MUST start Dud & the Polish Hammer with a broken nose. Let’s go SUNS!!!!

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