Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  By RANDY HILL  |  Last updated 11/28/13
PHOENIX -- Goran Dragic is learning, day by day, that sharing your space with a newcomer requires patience and the willingness to adjust. But is the Suns' point guard completely comfortable with this arrangement? No, Dragic said after scoring 31 points in Wednesday nights 120-106 victory over the Trail Blazers. For the record, he wasnt referring to the process of adjusting his game to accommodate first-year teammate Eric Bledsoe. The adjustment in question was working on reduced sleep after becoming a first-time father earlier this month. And now that Mateo has joined Dragic and wife Maja, a lack of rest can seem more difficult to deal with than a lot of opposing point guards hes managed to shred. They sleep all day and they are awake all night, the Dragon -- basing his assessment on Mateos sleep habits -- said in regard to infant slumber. But I love it ... hes great. Well, right back at you, Goran. Although "great" may be stretching things a bit, the lefty from Slovenia has been pretty salty during a six-game stretch working without the aforementioned Bledsoe. During that span, Dragic has averaged 20.5 points (shooting 49 percent overall and 42 percent from 3-point range), a tick under nine assists, four rebounds and three turnovers. While helping end Portlands 11-game winning streak, he poured in 31 points and handed out 10 assists. Goran gave us a lift when things werent going great, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. He made some big shots for us and kept us in the game. And once the Suns had control of the game, Dragic made sure the pace remained in his teams favor. Like Jeff said, every time we look at the tape when we play in the half court, we have problems, Dragic said. We dont run the actions so well and we have a lot of isolations. But when we run, we get those easy open 3s and easy layups, and I think everyone wants to play like that. But playing like that takes a lot of energy, and having energy requires sufficient sleep for recovery. Right now, I feel great, Dragic said after beating Portland. But well see how I feel tomorrow. TUCK AND ROLLED Despite missing the action for a sixth consecutive game, Bledsoe actively celebrated Wednesdays victory. After pointing out that teammate P.J. Tucker (two points) had been locked up by Portlands Nicolas Batum, Bledsoe was asked to explain the in-practice collision that led to his nettlesome shin contusion. I was just defending Ish (teammate Smith) and Tuck came over to help, he said. We were working on game situations, and it was late in the shot clock and he ran into me. It just happened. I told him (Tucker) we need to get him a bell. The ringing endorsement was extended to the rest of the Suns, who play the Jazz on Friday in Salt Lake City and in Phoenix one night later. His status for both games remains uncertain. Its day to day, Bledsoe said of his shin-related availability. But at least its feeling better every day. FRYE HEATING UP Twice in the last four games, veteran power forward Channing Frye has reached or exceeded the 20-point plateau. Against the Blazers, Frye made 10 of 12 shots -- including 3 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc -- in a 25-point, nine-rebound effort. Hes produced at least 16 point in five of the last six games and converted 17 of 36 3-point attempts during that stretch. His ability to hold down the middle defensively in certain matchups enables the Suns to play smaller, space the floor with more shooting threats and pick up the tempo. I think his conditioning is getting better, Hornacek said. I still dont think hes in the best shape of his career, but hes getting there. I think that whats happening now is hes not tired when hes shooting those shots, and hes making them. For Frye, the uprising includes an upgrade in focus and mental preparation. Ive been working with (assistant coach) Mark West, Frye said. Ive been working with Kenny G. (assistant coach Gattison) and Irv (skill development coach Irving Roland) and basically all of the coaches, trying to pick their brains about how teams are going to play me. When I get to the post, will they front, flash ... so its really just me trying to cover all aspects of my game and try to be a complete player. Some nights its going to work and some nights it doesnt.
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