Suns Beat Warriors Behind Nash And Morris, 102-91

The Phoenix Suns got their first home win of the season, beating the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Steve Nash had his best game of the young season with 21 points and nine assists.

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Phoenix Suns Waive Garret Siler

With the recent addition of Michael Redd to the roster, the Phoenix Suns no longer had a need for back up center Garret Siler to meet the minimum requirement of 13 players. The team announced on Monday that Siler has been waived.

Garret Siler went undrafted out of Augusta State University in 2009. He was signed by the Suns in September 2010 and played a total of 21 games in the NBA in mostly meaningless situations.


Phoenix Suns Beat Golden State Warriors 102-91 Behind Steve Nash, Markieff Morris

The Phoenix Suns recorded their second win of the season on Monday with a 102-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Steve Nash led the way for Phoenix with 21 points and nine assists, just barely missing his second double-double of the year.

Both teams battled to a relative standstill through the game's first half, with the Suns holding on to a four-point lead at 51-47. The Warriors started the second half with two straight three-pointers from Stephen Curry, and the Suns fought back to reclaim a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Suns sealed the deal in the fourth quarter behind three pointers by Ronnie Price, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley and Steve Nash. Phoenix was four-for-17 on three-pointers prior to the fourth quarter, but four more threes in the game's final period sealed the deal.

Markieff Morris, the Suns' first round draft pick from last year's draft, was impressive with 16 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The rookie energized the Suns time and again when the team struggled to find its shot, knocking down a timely three-pointer in the third quarter and recording an assist for a Ronnie Price three-pointer in the fourth quarter as well. His performance will likely earn him more minutes moving forward.

Nash posted his best shooting game of the season with 21 points on nine field goals, including four three-pointers. The Suns veteran proved that he can still score when he needs to and quenches some of the early season concern about Nash's shooting touch.

The Suns move to 2-3 on the season with this win. Phoenix's next game will be on the road against the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Head over to Bright Side Of The Sun for more discussion of this win.

Phoenix Suns Continue Dominance of Warriors, 102-91, Nash and Morris Lead the Way - Bright Side Of The Sun
This is the kind of win the Suns need to consistently get this season if they want to make a run at a playoff spot. The Warriors are marginally improved this year, but playing them at home when one of their key starters is out is a situation in which the Suns need to take care of business, and today they did exactly that.

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The Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash Is Still Nursing A Bruised Rib

The Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash is dealing with a bruised rib suffered in the season opener that has hindered his play since. Nash is taking medication on a nightly basis but the nature of the game almost guarantees that the area in pain will be aggravated somehow during the course of play.

Aside from the exterior pain, Nash is also struggling breathing and keeping his stamina up during games as Nash told the Arizona Republic.

"It's like I'm holding my breath a lot," Nash said. "I'm tired a lot. I'm bracing. It's not fun."

"It's definitely affected my shot and mobility."

It's also affected the Suns, who have lost three of their first four games of the season as Nash has shot less than 31% from the field. This is the same Nash who has shot close to 49% from the field for his career. Yeah, he's in pain.

The option has been there to sit Nash but, not surprisingly, he's wanted to be out there.

"He has wanted to play," coach Alvin Gentry said. "With him out there, it gives us an opportunity to win. He's not shooting well, but just him out there gives us a chance to hang tight. Our problem is we're not making open shots."

The Suns play the Golden State Warriors at 1:30 pm and Nash will suit up.


Phoenix Suns Vs. Golden State Warriors: Schedule, Lineups and Preview

The Phoenix Suns host the Golden State Warriors for a rare Monday lunchtime start.

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