Morning Sunshine: Phoenix Suns News from around the web (January 18)
We’re starting a daily feature here at Sunngun where we scavenge the internet for recent stories related to the Suns organization and relay them to you, so we are the one-stop-shopping for all things Phoenix Suns. We’ll have it for you everyday, hopefully in the morning.
“The Phoenix Suns signed Leandro Barbosa to his second 10-day contract on Saturday, and it leads one to believe they team is not concerned about his shoulder injury suffered against the New York Knicks. Barbosa warmed up prior to the Friday night loss to the Dallas Mavericks and didn’t play. It appears he’ll again be questionable heading into a game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.”
No surprise, Goran Dragic had another outstanding week. With a team that has been on the worst overall stretch of the season, just one win in the last six games, it’s difficult to hand out any accolades at the moment. But if there’s one player who doesn’t deserve much angst over the current losing trend, it’s the Dragon.
You may have heard people making comments about how Dragic can’t do it all alone which may seem like an overstatement at times, because on any given night there is at least another couple of players who help carry the load, at least to some extent. However, the problem is that there is nobody who has proven they can help Dragic carry the load on a consistent basis…at least not since Eric Bledsoe went out with an injury.
“The rule of thumb this season has been: As the Morris brothers excel, so do the Phoenix Suns. Friday’s loss at home to the Dallas Mavericks was a rare exception. Markieff Morris put up 23 points and his brother, Marcus, finished with 13
The Suns entered the game 7-1 when the Morris twins combined for 30 points or more, having not lost since Nov. 6 in San Antonio when the duo reaches that plateau. Phoenix has particularly excelled this season when Markieff Morris, the team’s 2011 lottery pick, scores at least 20. But with the outcome against Dallas, the Suns lost for just the second time in eight games when he tops the 20-point mark. Markieff’s 23 points and 12 rebounds followed up his 24-point, 7-rebound performance in Wednesday’s home win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The third-year forward recently struggled in all but one contest of a seven-day, five-game road trip, in which the Suns went 1-4
As for Marcus, he shot just 4-for-11 from the field against the Mavericks, but he grabbed seven boards in 21 minutes and made three out of his six 3-point shots, including one that brought the score to 86-84 with 9:42 left in the game — which was as close as the Suns would be before the buzzer sounded.