The Phoenix Suns return home after a trip to Portland that ended terribly with a 109-71 loss to the Trail Blazers. Now they get to face a young, rested team that is waiting for them here in Arizona. The Memphis Grizzlies are 10-8 and have been quite a surprise. Memphis is coming off of a 98-91 loss Thursday night on national television to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns, at 6-12, will try to regroup and bounce back from a game that was nightmarish after the first quarter.
They will have their hands full, as the Memphis front line should be a challenge for Phoenix. Grant Hill will be matched up with Rudy Gay, who is averaging over 18 points a game. At power forward is Marreese Speights, who always seems to play extra hard against the Suns, as they passed him up in the NBA Draft. Rookie Markieff Morris will get that assignment, while Marcin Gortat will be battling another European center in Marc Gasol. Averaging nearly 15 points and just over 10 rebounds a game, he is one of the better centers in the league.
Can Phoenix bounce back and at least be competitive? Can they avoid another home loss? You'll need to tune in for that.
Here are projected lineups and the TV game schedule.
While the Suns might shake something up, it looks like the starting lineup will stay as it has the past few games.
- Point guard: Steve Nash --- Mike Conley
- Shooting guard: Ronnie Price -- Tony Allen
- Small forward: Grant Hill -- Rudy Gay
- Power forward: Markieff Morris -- Marreese Speights
- Center: Marcin Gortat -- Marc Gasol
- Key subs: Suns (Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown, Channing Frye, Robin Lopez). Grizzlies (O.J. Mayo, Quincy Pondexter, Josh Selby)
TV broadcast info:
The Suns game tips off at 7:00 p.m. Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona. Arizona Sports 620 radio. Bright Side of the Sun will have the live game thread.
Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns Game Preview: Lineup and Rotation Changes - Bright Side Of The Sun
Hey guys guess what!? It's a new day and time for another game! I think that's the only consolation we're going to have this year with the shortened season - we will be able to forget bad losses like last night and move on quickly to the next bad game. The Suns (6-12) arrived back in Phoenix around 2am and have this beautiful Saturday to forget last night's abomination of a game in Portland and prepare mentally and physically for a younger Memphis Grizzlies (10-8) team hungry for a win. Yaaay! They'll probably watch film this morning and hold off on working out. This is all that really needs to be said - the Suns need to win. But for some extra Saturday morning reading please continue my good sirs and gentlewomen.