With the Suns starters logging mid-20's minutes and more time together as a unit, Phoenix was able to withstand a cold-shooting first half under the warm and moonless Indian Wells sky and put this game comfortably into garbage time at the end of three quarters. Phoenix was up by 22 points going into the fourth quarter before the end of the bench guys came in and let the lead slip a bit.
It should go without saying, that defending the Mavericks without Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry is a much easier task, but credit is still due the second unit who showed a glimpse of being the kind of lock-down group their potential suggests.
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Marion postgame: (Do your recognize your old team, the Suns, anymore?) "We know Steve is going to get that ball up the floor.But they’ve got a lot of new faces over there. They’re going to get up-and-down and shoot a lot of threes and they’re going to be the Suns. The same feel but different faces."
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Perhaps that’s because I already know what J-Rich and Hill can do in this offense, but with Warrick it’s still somewhat of a mystery. He brought excitement to the game, coming up with a steal and a dunk in one sequence and overall proving to be an able pick-and-roll partner for Nash.
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"I told Hedo it took me two weeks into the regular season before I got comfortable with everything," said Suns forward Grant Hill, who led the Suns with 16 points. "He'll figure it out. We have a comfort zone and we just have to continue to work with Turk and it'll come."
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So when asked if the victory meant anything, Gentry was blunt. “Not really, not unless we get a new car or golf every time we get there. If we get golf for free for a year, then it does,” Gentry said. “I think they were missing a couple players, I'm not sure. I saw some tall blond guy sitting over there, and he had some short black guy sitting next to him (on the bench).”
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WENDY HECKMANN: For the third consecutive year, Wendy Heckmann sang the national anthem in what is a tradition for the third annual game. Heckmann is the wife of Richard Heckmann, the Rancho Mirage resident who is part of the Suns ownership group
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“Like a television show or a newscast, what I basically do is direct everything,” said Helt, who breaks down the production to the minute.
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As opposed to the previous two preseason outings, Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry elected to give the lion’s share of minutes to the starters in the first half. Although both teams shot the ball poorly in the first half (40 percent for the Suns and 31 percent for the Mavs), the Suns moved out to an eight-point lead at halftime