Strong defense keys Phoenix Suns' victory over Houston Rockets
HOUSTON -- Suns small forward P.J. Tucker sat in the Toyota Center visitors locker room late Wednesday night with his worn-out feet submerged in an ice bath, talking as he held two cellphones precariously above the bucket.
They were in good hands, just like the Suns were in turning All-Star guard James Harden over to Tucker's defense during a 97-88 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Phoenix Suns best at fast break but still too slow
HOUSTON -- The most prolific fast-break scoring team in the NBA is just an ordinary tempo team.
The Suns are an enigma of being the best at scoring in transition with 19.7 fast-break points per game entering Wednesday night but play at a pedestrian pace otherwise.
Phoenix Suns have trouble with short-handed Memphis Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Take 32 points and 16 rebounds out of the Memphis lineup and the Grizzlies' roster did not look like it would have anyone Tuesday night to make up for such a gaping hole against the Suns.
Meet the replacement front line of Ed Davis and Jon Leuer. The former was the owner of a 20-point, 10-rebound game Tuesday night before the fourth quarter started and the latter scored more against the Suns (23) than he had accumulated all season (20).
Phoenix Suns rookie Alex Len working on things he can 'control'
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Suns center Alex Len's professional career has more days of regular-season tenure than game-time minutes logged.
It is not what he envisioned when he underwent early May surgery to repair a partial stress fracture in his left ankle, and certainly not what the Suns expected when they picked Len fifth overall in June with the idea he would be ready for the season -- even with a precautionary surgery on the other ankle.