In the Suns first preseason game, the Suns fell short to the Kings 96-102. Both teams played a tight game through 3 quarters, but it was ultimately the Kings that pulled away in the 4th quarter on a 14-4 run from the 10:28 mark to 6:37.
The Suns got good production from their starters, in particular Michael Beasley who led the Suns starters in scoring with 14 and led the Suns team overall with 5 assists. Beasley was sharp all night as he made both attempts from downtown as well as some nice passes on the offensive end. Defensively the Suns struggled and for the most part failed to stay in front of the opposing offensive player.
The Suns new additions proved to be as good as they were hyped up to be. Swingman Wesley Johnson, who led the Suns in scoring, scored 18 points on 7-15 shooting despite shooting an awful 2-9 from behind the 3-point line. Johnson certainly was confident in his stroke and made 4-5 jumpers from 2-point land.
The Suns struggled defensively against Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in only 26 minutes of play. Along side Cousins was a good buddy of Markieff Morris and the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft Thomas Robinson who added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton each added 10 for Sacramento.
Kendall Marshall also played a nice game despite a poor stat line. Marshall played about 27 minutes on the night but only had 4 assists which was no fault to him by any means, his teammates simply missed some great wide open looks. Marshall did a fine job running the show, making all the right passes, controlled the pace of the game but his teammates did him no favors by missing good looks.
Second year player Markieff Morris also played well scoring 16 points and pulling in 7 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Morris certainly still owns that sweet 3-point stroke from last season as he nailed two long bombs. Morris has improved his inside play however he still settled for a few too many long jump shots.
Goran Dragic played exceptionally well given he only clocked 14 minutes on the night. Dragic scored 9 points and had 4 assists but committed 4 quick fouls and 3 turnovers. Dragic’s ankles didn’t seem 100% as he looked a step slow tonight, and his handles were a bit too shaky. Expect better play from him on Friday night against the Blazers.
The Suns starters played well to start the game as they had the lead after the 1st quarter 30-29 however most of the Suns starters didn’t peak 25 minutes. The Suns will take on the Portland Trail Blazers in their next game on Friday at the U.S Airways Center in Phoenix.