The Thunder have not played a road game in three weeks, and they haven't lost to the Suns in four years and haven't lost IN PHOENIX in five years.
That's a long time, folks.
The Suns will wear the black, sleeved jerseys tonight for Fiesta Night.
Also, the Suns will honor the fallen policemen from the shooting this week and collect donations for the 100Club foundation.
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia, along with members of the department's Major Offenders Bureau, will join Suns President Jason Rowley to present the game ball and American flag prior to tonight's Suns-Thunder game at US Airways Center. The tribute will take place at 7 p.m. on the main court, in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Detective, John Hobbs, and his wounded partner, Detective Albert J. Casados.
The Phoenix Suns will also honor the two detectives with a monetary collection benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. Donations will be accepted at six entrances to US Airways Center from 5 - 7 p.m., and online at 100Club.org during tonight's television broadcast on FOX Sport Arizona. Fans who donate at US Airways Center will be entered to win Suns' autographed merchandise. Proceeds will provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
The Suns recommend fans arrive early and visit the Casino Arizona Pavilion to sign a special "Thank You For Your Service" card that will be delivered to the Phoenix Police Department, thanking officers for their commitment to our community. In addition, the Suns are giving 100 tickets for tonight's game to families of the 100 Club of Arizona, whose lives have been impacted by similar tragedies.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek pregame:
- (on the defense) "Well we said we made strides defensively. Three of the quarters we played pretty well, one quarter we didn't."
- "[The defense] can't have lulls where it's 'my bad' or any of that stuff. You have to make teams earn everything."
- (on Len learning the quickness of the NBA) "In college you can get a pass underneath and, not take your time, but you don't have to be in a big rush to get that ball in the hole because you're seven feet tall. But in this league, guys can close the gap quickly."
Thunder coach Scott Brooks pregame:
- (on whether the Thunder might see this as a 'trap' game with the Suns missing two starters): "We're missing two starters too."
- "Phoenix is playing well, they're a good team. They move the ball really well and they're hard to guard."
- "They like to attack. They're one of the league leaders in transition points. They like to shoot threes. They're one of the league leaders in makes. They come out with a shooting four with Frye and when Morris comes in."