PHOENIX -- Alvin Gentrys lineup purge appears to be the shift that keeps on giving.
But the new-and-improved Suns starting lineup may have settled for a one-night honeymoon. Thanks to some uninspired play against the Hornets on Black Friday night, the new-and-improved (for now, at least) second unit was required to step in and lead a crucial rally.
In what became a 111-108 overtime triumph, the Suns second unit lifted Phoenix from four points down going into the fourth quarter and into a six-point advantage by the time starting center Marcin Gortat returned with 4:53 left in regulation.
It should be noted the second unit finished at plus-10 in Wednesdays trial-run victory over the Trail Blazers. So even though the bench five offers less overall speed than youll witness in a relay of garbage trucks, its group success may not be a fluke.
The biggest star turn in the triumph over New Orleans was taken by 17-year veteran center Jermaine ONeal. One game after Gortat made 11 of 14 sho...