Is it too much to call this game, "The Return of the Dragon"? Goran Dragic was traded for Aaron Brooks at the last minute of the NBA Trade Deadline almost two weeks ago. It was the day the Suns were flying off to begin their six-game road trip and ironically, tonight is the first Suns home game since the trade and Goran is here.
"I remember the Gorilla," Aaron Brooks said yesterday when asked what he remembered most about playing in Phoenix as a member of the Rockets.
"If me and Dragic come in at the same time, I'm sure there will a lot of cheers," he added.
The Rockets have won eight of their last ten games including last night in a blowout 123-101 win over the Sacramento Kings. In this streak, Houston's best wins have been over Portland, Denver and New Orleans, all teams ahead of them and the Suns in the playoff standings.
In addition to playing last night, the Rockets might be without their second-leading scorer, Luis Scola. SB Nation Houston has the details:
Luis Scola Leaves Game With Left Knee Injury, Considered Day-To-Day - SB Nation Houston
Rockets forward Luis Scola left Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a left knee injury. The game was never in doubt, so his absence wasn’t felt too much, but Rockets.com writer Jason Friedman reports that Scola is considered day-to-day right now and his injury will be re-evaluated tomorrow. The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen tweeted that Scola would not play tomorrow if his leg felt as sore tomorrow as it did today
Hakim Warrick will get the start tonight in place of Channing Frye who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to a dislocation of his right shoulder. Warrick, who started only one game for the Suns this season, said that the biggest difference will be playing with Steve Nash. He added that he won't have the advantage of watching how the game is developing and instead will need to be ready to establish tempo from the beginning.
The game tips at 7:00 p.m. local time on Fox Sports Arizona and will be broadcast on Sports 620 radio. Fans can follow along during the game with other Suns fans at the live game thread at Bright Side of the Sun.