Originally posted on nba.com/suns  |  Last updated 2/29/12
Matt Beardmore Posted: Nov. 22, 2010 As much as it hurts to have his starting point guard and center injured, Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry needs his team to play better defense. Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman can certainly relate, as he's in an identical position. With Steve Nash expected to miss a third straight game, the slumping Suns will try to avoid a winless trip Monday night when they face the Rockets, who are off to their worst start in five years. After missing just one game last season, Nash, the team leader with 19.7 points and 8.9 assists per game, has been sidelined the past two with a strained groin. Without the two-time MVP on Saturday, the Suns (6-7) fell to 0-3 on their trip with a 123-105 loss to Charlotte. Phoenix has been outscored by an average of 20.3 points during its slide.
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