It wasn’t a good night for the Suns, as they visited the Sacramento Kings and lost 107-90. The Suns had a really hard night against Sacramento, and were playing catch-up for most of the game. The Suns were led in scoring, and really overall, by Markieff Morris, who put 15 points and 7 rebounds, but who stepped out of the game after taking a hard fall going for a rebound. Morris is looking like the starter for the Suns come the regular season, and so far in preseason he has shown that he can be a capable starter. Marcin Gortat and Eric Bledsoe added 12 points apiece, and Shannon Brown added 11.
There was a lot of bad news for the Suns. First, Goran Dragic sprained his ankle driving to the basket and had to be helped off of the court. Also, the Suns were sloppy and ineffective in many areas. Shooting 18% as a team from three, 35% as a team from the foul line, and turning the ball over 28 times will cost a team games no matter who they are up against. The Suns have struggled from behind the arc throughout the preseason, partially due to the lack of a 3 point specialist, which they used to have in Jared Dudley. The Suns also had a hard time on defense. DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and Jimmer Fredette had 23. The Suns haven’t been an excellent defensive team for a long time, but they need to step up in the future.
Overall, it was a pretty unimpressive night, but all teams see their good nights and their bad nights. The most important question is how new coach Jeff Hornacek will get his team back to form.