The Phoenix Suns lost Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies who swept the series of four. The Suns fought hard to come back after a slow start in the first quarter but turnovers and poor shooting led to the final nail in the coffin for the Suns playoff chances. The bright spot for the Suns is that they surpassed expectations for a team that didn’t look like they could win more than 20 games this season. Coach Jeff Hornacek failed to make the playoffs in his first year but has built quite the foundation going forward.
The 47-34 Suns face the 28-53 Sacramento Kings in what will be a meaningless game for both teams. The Suns were in the seven spot just a week ago but big losses to teams like the Spurs, Mavs and Grizzlies obliterated their chances for postseason glory. The Suns will have at the very least an active offseason with the combination of cap space and draft choices that they can move around if they wanted, the excitement of the new season begins with the draft and fans will be anxious to see what the Suns can do to build on their solid foundation.
Alex Len versus Boogie Cousins. Because the playoff hopes for both of these teams are over, the Suns will try to integrate more playing time for the rookies. Alex Len has had a frustrating season trying to get minutes while nursing injuries has not worked out well. Len will see a lot of playing time Wednesday night and expect him to get some time playing against DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins continues to be the best and sometimes the worst thing the Kings have going for them. Cousins has averaged 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this season and continues to be the go-to guy in the paint. Len on the other hand has had a total of three minutes played in April.
Minutes. As in, give rookies more minutes. The game Wednesday night will be a tryout of sorts for those on the Suns roster who need more minutes and playing time so that the coaching staff can see where they fit in the future plans of the team.
What the Suns offense needs to look for:
Touches for Len. Len needs to show fans that are worried about his overall game that he has what it takes to be a longtime member of the Suns, especially to those that think the Suns organization made a mistake by selecting Len so high in this past draft.
What the Suns defense needs to look out for:
Cousins. Cousins is the only real threat on a team that has Mr. Rudy Gay. Cousins is a force in the paint and will most likely get the majority of the touches Wednesday night.
Kings sleeper to have a good game:
Ray McCallum. McCallum will probably see more minutes Wednesday night so the Suns should be ready for a 3-point barrage from him. McCallum averaged 6.1 points this season in limited time.
Prediction: The Suns lose 100-109