PHOENIX — Personally, I was most impressed with the Suns’ bench unit during the 102-91 win against Golden State. In the first half, the group of Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick and Markieff Morris in the frontcourt, along with Shannon Brown and Ronnie Price at the guard spots, didn’t present much drop-off, if any, from the starting unit.
Offensively, there was solid ball movement that kept Phoenix chugging along with Steve Nash on the bench.
That all starts with Price, who statistically had one of his better games. Nash’s backup scored seven points, grabbed three boards and dished out four assists by the end of the afternoon.
“Just not letting the game flow fall,” Price said. “You know, Nash does a great job with his pace, everyone knows he has the best pace in the NBA.”
Price, who showed some flash and emphasis in getting all of teammates involved, said he still finds himself stuck in a Utah Jazz mindset. Getting Jerry Sloan’s brainwashing — no offense, Jerry — out of Price’s head will take a lot of film watching.
“Oh man, I’m telling you, that’s definitely still embedded in me,” Price said. “I’m trying to slowly get that system out. I’m taking it one day at a time, that’s the only way I know how.”
While it might have been his best game from the standpoint of running the offense, Price isn’t one to get ahead of himself. He believes he needs to shore up some things defensively (as does the team in general), and continue to evolve as a
Jazz Suns point guard in a Suns offense.
“I’m learning every day and I’m getting better at it every day in this offense,” Price said. “I’m never content with my game. I think there’s a lot of room to improve in this offense.”
Rotations on rotations
In our postgame Vokle show, a reader asked if we thought Markieff Morris would start against Dallas to guard Dirk Nowitzki. It brought up the issue of how Gentry would manage rotations in general, and the answer isn’t one the Suns’ head coach knows himself.
“One of the things about it, and I told the guys, there are going to be certain games where we use certain guys and then there are going to be certain games where the fit is better,” Gentry said. “I don’t think I can mark down any specific rotations in any specific amount of time except for Steve (Nash).”
In the season opener, it was Hakim Warrick being left out of the puzzle. Against the Warriors, Josh Childress was the odd man out, and neither center Robin Lopez nor Marcin Gortat played during the fourth quarter. For now, it appears Gentry will go with what matchups suit that day’s opponent.
“Everybody on this team understands what their role is on this team,” Gentry said. “It just might not be that every single night. And is that difficult? Yeah. We all have jobs that we do things we don’t quite like doing, but it is the way it is.”
Golden State not leaving the state
Considering the compressed NBA schedule, it was weird though not that surprising to see the Golden State Warriors working out at US Airways Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The Warriors play the Spurs on Wednesday, so I suppose there’s no point in traveling back to the Bay Area just to hop back on another plane to San Antonio.
Redd in action
Michael Redd was practicing with the Suns on Tuesday, wearing his No. 22 jersey.