Time: 7 p.m. MST
TV: FSAZIf there’s one thing to take solace in what went down on Saturday — a 127-105 thumping of the Phoenix Suns by the Wizards in Washington — it’d be that bad NBA teams typically do most of their losing on the road. So when the Suns again face a Washington team that has a similarly sad record on Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center, it’ll be them with the more-important-than-you-think homecourt advantage.
After all, how wild swings in fortune occur by bad teams can be documented simply in the past few days. Phoenix followed up the romp in D.C. with their own 99-76 beatdown at home of a vulnerable Lakers team. And after the Wizards left the comfy confines of Verzon Center, they went to Charlotte to fall to the NBA-worst Bobcats 119-114 on Monday.
So that whole road-home thing is pretty important. Washington has a league-worst five wins on the road, while the Suns have a respectable 16-17 record at home.
Then again, John Wall is also pretty important. After missing 33 games as Washington was off to a 5-28 start to the year, Wall’s return after recovering from a stress injury to his knee has seen the Wizards go 18-15. Wall is so important to the perpetually rebuilding Wizards that he’s widely considered to earn a max contract this coming offseason.
In the now, the Suns would like to shore up their three-point defense that allowed the Wizards, led by Martell Webster’s seven threes, to bomb away for 14 makes off 21 attempts on Saturday.
- Goran Dragic’s play has been different of late. While The Dragon has made it an increased emphasis to become a more-willing passer, his aggressiveness has taken a hit to some degree. But in the end, this is simply a free year for Dragic to grow. Learning how to manage a game while also finding out how to flip the switch back to a scorer a la old man Bryant will spell more success down the road for the Suns point guard.
- Early on, Lindsey Hunter made it clear that he would play the Suns who are scrapping for their teammates — or at least, scrapping for their jobs. It’s hard to say there’s any rhyme or reason to his decision-making. The recent soft benching of Marcus Morris and another of P.J. Tucker a few games back against Atlanta were odd considering those two players are widely viewed as having solid motors. But perhaps this is essentially an open tryout for the decision-makers upstairs, who are still decided on what’s to happen this summer.
- Speaking of the Morris twins, Markieff has come on of late. He’s recorded at least eight or more rebounds in the last three games and hasn’t shot less than 45 percent. Prior to this recent stretch, Morris hadn’t grabbed eight rebounds since Jan. 24. Add in the fact he’s shooting just 40 percent on the year, and it’s a good sign. Something needed to change in his game, especially when it comes to his perimeter-oriented shot selection.