Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  By RANDY HILL  |  Last updated 10/8/13
PHOENIX -- The dress rehearsal came and went with a reasonable number of minor glitches and quite a few expertly delivered lines. But suiting up against Israeli team Maccabi Haifa on Monday night at US Airways Center didnt exactly make it tricky for the Suns and first-year coach Jeff Hornacek to hit most of their marks. They also hit 62.5 percent of their shots, forced 23 turnovers, limited their guests to 39.2 percent shooting, finished plus-16 in rebounding and recorded 49 fast-break points. I think we executed pretty well, Hornacek said after a 130-89 rout in a cigarette-blindfold-caliber mismatch thats difficult to translate into tangible evidence of things being upgraded and sustainable. There is evidence, however, that previous issues have been addressed through obvious work in training camp. For example, Hornaceks commitment to restoring Suns-level tempo was obvious through quick transitions from offense to defense. That included converting Haifa baskets into opportunitie...
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