First, let's look to our friend Kris Habbas at SB Nation Arizona:
Prior to the 87-85 loss the Phoenix Suns suffered on Wednesday in their season opener to the Golden State Warriors, head coach Alvin Gentry talked about how his rotation is not going to be set in stone. "I think you've got to do it on a per game basis," he said. "Closing out will be a game-by-game basis. I think the guys that are going good and and played well and feeling good about it, then those are the guys that are going to close out games."
That is what happened on Wednesday night. Reserve forward P.J. Tucker came in off the bench and sparked the team with his defensive play in the first half and scored some big buckets in the second half, and ended up closing out the game in place of the talented Michael Beasley, whom the team is counting on to become their go-to player.
Now, let's check out the Suns beat reporter from the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com: Paul Coro
Twice, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat lost offensive rebounds by battling each other for them down the stretch. Twice, the Suns hesitated when they needed a tying 3-pointer and let Golden State foul in the final seconds. And given a gift by Stephen Curry's two free-throw misses, Goran Dragic raced upcourt and passed to Sebastian Telfair rather than taking a shot to win in time.
"We're trying to change the personality what our teams have been in the past and be able to win a game where you can grind it out," Gentry said.
Our sister blog, Golden State of Mind, had this to say about their team's opening night win:
Well, that was an interesting game, to top an interesting day. The good news is we leave Phoenix with a win. The really good news is that Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut were able to play significant minutes on Opening Night. The bad news is that Stephen Curry and David Lee sucked on ice, in terms of shooting tonight.
cbssports.com had a recap that included a quote from Mark Jackson
"If you would have told me coming in that David Lee and Steph Curry would go 4 for 30, I'd say we'd be in trouble," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
And a few more...
Old problems lead to loss for new-look Suns
For those wondering if the Phoenix Suns' offseason was more of a neat trick than a retreat, Wednesday's season-opening date with Golden State Warriors was scary at times, but not totally creepy.
Golden State Warriors 87, Phoenix Suns 85 -- New era, same result
First and foremost, the Suns failed to make a field goal after Luis Scola banked in a nine-footer with 1:43 remaining to put Phoenix on top by one.