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Alvin Gentry looks at how to close, P.J. Tucker to start against 76ers

PHOENIX — Alvin Gentry continues his search for the right formula. He’s not the type of coach who will express any complaints about his job, but before the Phoenix Suns’ game on Wednesday against Philadelphia, he said that the season has been a trying one.

“(It’s) not easy,” Gentry said. “It really grates on you because you’re really close. I always second-guess myself more than the players. I look and see how I can get better … I look at that before I look at anything else.”

So what’s he looking at? Gentry said he’d been watching tape of the final five minutes of close games to find trends. What he’s found is a combination of missed shots, missed rebounds and turnovers.

The Suns have had nine games that were decided by three points or less (they won four of them), and they also have gone 1-2 in three games that went to overtime.

And overall, Gentry is still searching for the right lineup combinations. P.J. Tucker will start in place of Shannon Brown on Wednesday as Gentry hopes to “set the stage defensively.”

The Suns head coach hinted that he’ll try to get Michael Beasley some minutes against the Sixers after Beasley had his first DNP against the Thunder. The Phoenix forward had his second-best shooting performance of the year against Philadelphia on Nov. 25, scoring 21 points on 8-of-13 field goal shooting.

Any minutes Beasley receives could be huge. Another big game and Gentry would definitely spend some time looking into why exactly the Suns’ forward has success against Philadelphia.

Getting minutes, could still be a big “if,” however.

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