Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Phoenix is visiting the Utah Jazz a day after staging the biggest comeback at home in team history in their 107-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz are struggling and will be without their starting point guard, but have yet to lose at home.
The Suns are sitting at 3-3 and are looking to go above .500 for the first time this season as they head to Utah to play the Jazz. This is the second game of a back-to-back for both teams, so the fatigue factor should hopefully be a wash.
The Jazz are 2-4 and have struggled mightily thus far. Jut look at their stats:
Frontcourt studs Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both struggling (especially Jefferson), and the Suns should look to take advantage. Marcin Gortat has been a beast in the early going, averaging 14.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game through six games. Look for the Suns to maybe run a little more pick-and-roll (hopefully) and attack Jefferson. Luis Scola struggled last night but if he can get it going the Suns should be able to control this game down low.
Leading scorer and starting point guard Mo Williams will sit out after hurting himself last night, and according to Paul Coro, Jamaal Tinsley will get the start in his place. The Jazz are already down Earl Watson, and look to see combo-guards Randy Foye and Alec Burks to get some minutes at the one to spell Tinsley.
Marvin Williams is now in Utah, yet he has continued to be Marvin Williams: decent but little more than that. Michael Beasley needs to exploit this match-up yet remain under control offensively, and to stay at hom eon Williams defensively.
Jared Dudley and Gordon Hayward will start at the two for their respective teams. Hayward has played pretty well so far, and Dudley is going to have to snap out of his cold streak for the Suns to win.