Hornacek is now 2-0 during the Summer League. (@Suns, Twitter)
If the Suns Summer League team is any indication of what the regular season team could be like, this should be a fun year.
Despite getting off to a very slow start, the Suns came back from 18-point halftime deficit and went on to beat the Minnesota Timberwovles, 91-89, on a buzzer beater from Marcus Morris.
Phoenix got off to an embarrassing start in this one, being outscored 32-14 in the first quarter. After an even second 10 minutes, the Suns were able to outscore the T’Wolves by 11 in the third and then by nine in the final session to hold on for a two-point victory.
I wasn’t able to watch tonight’s game being that I was at work and I couldn’t find it on the always expansive DirecTV channel guide, but here are some of my thoughts from checking out the box score and reading a few blogs about the game.
Markieff Morris: 22 points, six rebounds, 7-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes
Being this is his third Summer League, Markieff should be this roster’s leading scorer every game and he was once again on Monday afternoon. The most impressive thing about Morris’ day was his efficiency. He scored 22 points on only nine shots, which is about as good as you can get. Two things that I want to see Morris improve on over these next handful of games; his rebounding and his foul issues. He’s only had a total of 11 rebounds in two games when he should be grabbing double-digit totals in every contest. Morris has also had 15 fouls through two games and he’s also had a technical in each. I like the enthusiasm, but you need to calm down a bit Markieff.
Marcus Morris: 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, 5-of-14 shooting in 32 minutes
Whenever you hit the game-winning shot, you have to be on some sort of list. Take away that shot though, Marcus didn’t play particularly well. He didn’t shoot at a good clip and didn’t do much on the glass, an area he should be taking advantage of his athleticism against many of these players in the Summer League. Like his brother, Marcus got a technical foul as well. Those Morris twins sure don’t know how to control their emotions during these meaningless Summer League contests….
Dionte Christmas: 16 points, three assists, 5-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes
After impressing during the Orlando Summer League, Christmas didn’t play a lot in the Suns first game. Things were much different on Monday though as Christmas played 30 minutes off Jeff Hornacek’s bench. He made the most of it, scoring 16 points on of 5-0f-12 shooting from the field, which included three three’s from behind the arc. Christmas has always been known for his perimeter shooting and his defensive abilities, two areas the Suns aren’t exactly great in. Don’t be shocked if he gets an invite to training camp if he keeps up with his solid play.
Kendall Marshall and Archie Goodwin are worth mentioning as well.
Marshall played really well, scoring 13 points and dishing out six assists while having a +14 rating. Early on this summer, Marshall has shown an improved jumper. On Monday, the second-year player made three of his six jumpers with all three made shots coming from three-point land. That’s a big step in the right direction.
After a solid debut on Saturday, Goodwin struggled in this one. Playing only 18 minutes, Goodwin just made one basket in four attempts while having only one rebound and four fouls. Suns fans are going to have to get use to growing pains with this youngster.
Kevin is a 24-year-old Mesa resident who graduated from Arizona State University cum laude with a degree in Political Science back in 2011. He began writing for his high school newspaper his senior year and continued on writing at Mesa Community College. You can follow him on Twitter @KevinBonneville.
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