PHOENIX Thanks to a calamitous fourth quarter that resembled many of those from the previous coaching regime, fans of the Phoenix Suns can postpone the Lindsey-sanity campaign.
On a Friday night that could have ended with the Suns winning for the fourth time in Lindsey Hunters first six games as interim coach, the Dallas Mavericks' 35-24 fourth-quarter salvo led to a 109-99 loss for the Suns at US Airways Center.
Were still young in this process, and you kind of expect things like this to happen, said Hunter, whose team fell in its first game since Wednesdays rousing come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The process Hunter has been guiding the Suns through has been the implementation of a defense-first philosophy.
Unfortunately, a 31-point opening quarter against the Mavs (who were working for the second consecutive night) seemed to twist the Suns priorities.
We came out scoring at will, Hunter said. When you score early, you tend to think thats how you win.