July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New Orleans Hornets forward Lance Thomas (42) and guard Austin Freeman (26) battle with Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) for a rebound during the first half of the game at Thomas

Game Recap & Analysis: Hornets 78 - Suns 61



The Suns dropped their second straight game in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets yesterday 78 – 61, the Suns shot poorly from the field as they shot only 33%. The Suns had an poor overall game and for the second straight game Kendall Marshall  struggled to run the offense and Markieff Morris’ also struggled shooting from the field as he made only 4-13 shots and 1-5 from the 3-point line, grabbing only six rebounds and have four turnovers in about 25 minutes of action.


Despite Marshall’s struggles with running the offense and Morris’ struggle with efficiency, the Suns had some other role players step up; Marcus Landry shot 4-9 from the field and scored 11 points and also grab five rebounds. It’s clear at this point the Suns’ still have a lot of work to do but the silver-lining is that the Suns’ also have a lot of time to do it. Marshall will probably but backup Goran Dragic to start the year as he’ll need time to get use to the flow of the NBA game.


New Orleans seemed a step faster than the Suns the entire game and had an advantage in nearly every category, the Hornets shot better from the field, three point line, and the free-throw line. They also out rebounded the Suns by 12. The Hornets set the tone early as they raced out to a 13-2 lead half way through the first quarter and held the Suns at bay since. The Suns will play two more games in the next two days, they play tomorrow night against the NBA D-League team and they will finish off by playing against the Memphis Grizzles on Saturday.


The next two days will be very crucial for few players on the Suns summer team roster, Charles Garcia, DeShawn Sims, Diante Garrett and Marcus Landry will need to finish strong and show that they can play at the next level.


Diante Garrett was solid in his first start in the suns win against the New York Knicks during the Suns first summer league game and ever since he’s been backing up Kendall Marshall and he hasn’t been as effective. DeShawn Sims also struggled in the past couple of games, Charles Garcia showed that he has plenty of energy, is tenacious and just overall bulldog on both ends of the floor the next two days will be very crucial for guys like to Charles Garcia, Diante Garret and DeShawn Sims as their play with likely determine which one of them will play in the NBA next year, however it’s clear at this point that between Garret, Sims, Garcia and Landry; Landry is in the lead.


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