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Gamethread: Phoenix Suns (12-10) host Miami Heat (9-11)

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Let's see if the Suns have the energy tonight after that all-out effort against the Clippers that came up short.

Hornacek pregame:

  • On bringing the energy on the fourth game in five nights: "We're not going to bring it up, maybe they will forget about it (laughs)."
  • On the Heat: "They still got guys that have won championships. No matter what you throw at them, they have an adjustment, they're good on their rotations, they jump out on pick-and-rolls."
  • Still no Isaiah Thomas. Getting better but not ready to go yet.

Notes on Eric Bledsoe last night:

  • Only the third NBA player ever (and first in 18 years) to put up at least 27 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists. The two most recent games that bested Bledsoe: Jason Kidd in 1996 (33, 12, 16) and Magic Johnson (33, 13, 16). Magic did it 5 times in his career. Kidd once. No one else.
  • That was Bledsoe's third 20/5/5/2/2 (adding steals and blocks) this season. The entire rest of the NBA only has four such games this season (one each by James Harden, Deron Williams, Michael Carter-Williams, Klay Thompson).
  • And it wasn't all offense. Bledsoe was a defensive dynamo too, switching off on Paul to Redick to Barnes. Hornacek: "Defensively, we are always asking him to guard one of the top guys."
Goran Dragic in last 5 games: 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals while posting shooting splits of 54.8% FG, 48.3 3FG%, 90.9% FT%.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra:
  • On what the Suns bring: "They are a very explosive offensive team. They play with great pace, energy, a lot of pick and rolls. You have to be committed to making multiple efforts (defensively), there's no way around that tonight."