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Phoenix Suns replace practice with video, talks

The Suns are mired in a slump and are looking for different ways of approaching their shortcomings.

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The Phoenix Suns have gone back to the film room to try to figure out what is wrong with the team after some alarmingly inconsistent play plagued them during their 87-80 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

The Suns spent Saturday discussing their issues amongst themselves and watching film instead of practicing to see if they could find some reasoning behind their inability to hold leads and play four complete quarters.

"We say, ‘Yeah rah-rah let's go do it,' and after a couple games we do it, and then the next three or four games we're back in a slump," said Jermaine O'Neal to the Arizona Republic.

What led to the meeting was an 11-point lead being squandered against the Jazz. There were some substitution patterns that head coach Alvin Gentry blamed himself for as the second unit was unable to keep up the momentum the starters had built.

The Suns have fallen to 12-22 on the season and second-to-last place in the Western Conference, ahead of only the New Orleans Hornets. They've lost seven of their last eight games heading into their game on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.