PHOENIX Hoping to reveal a few changes with even more long-range impact than Michael Beasleys new hairstyle, the Phoenix Suns brought some alterations home to US Airways Center on Thursday night.
Waiting for them were the Los Angeles Clippers, who working without superstar point guard Chris Paul were downgraded from Lob City to Lob Suburb. The Western Conferences third-seeded team didnt have enough juice to avoid their third consecutive loss, falling 93-88 in the home debut of Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter.
With Wednesdays triumph over the Kings in Sacramento as their re-launch point, the Suns unveiled a few Hunter-inspired differences. And while the same players demonstrated a sense of urgency during portions of their 13-28 start under since-departed Alvin Gentry, they do seem to be playing a bit more for each other than before.
Thats not exactly rare after any coaching change, but this two-game run of seemingly increased focus began during Hunters first practices.