When: 7:00 pm
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
TV: FSAZ (locally)
Radio: 98.7 FM Arizona Sports
Let's face it, the Phoenix Suns are a bad team right now. And to make matters worse, they are seemingly being plagued by various injuries as well.
The Suns have only managed to eek out one win in the last month...no, really...I'm serious. They last won a game on January 6th against the Charlotte Hornets. Their last win before that came on the 18th of December against the New Orleans Pelicans.
There's no end in sight, either, with the Suns best player out for the season, and the rest of the team seemingly dealing with a number of different issues.
The Hawks, on the other hand, are playing relatively well. They are led by the very solid trio of Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford; playing their way to a 26-18 record in the much improved Eastern Conference so far this season.
They are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night, but have won three of their last five, and will almost certainly come to Phoenix determined to add another mark to the win column against the spiraling Suns.
Probable Starting Lineups
Archie Goodwin vs Jeff Teague
Devin Booker vs. Kyle Korver
P.J. Tucker vs. Kent Bazemore
Markieff Morris vs. Paul Millsap
Tyson Chandler vs. Al Horford
The Suns should probably get a couple of players back tonight, after ending the last game vs. the Spurs with only eight healthy bodies. This should certainly help, but although Brandon Knight is listed as questionable, it doesn't look good that he'll be ready to return. That likely means more Archie Goodwin playing out of position as the starting point guard.
However, even if Knight returns, the Suns just simply don't have the firepower or fortitude to compete against teams with winning records right now. Devin Booker, a 19 year old rookie, has emerged as the best player on the team. And while that is certainly something to be excited about for the future, it isn't saying much for the present.
I believe that the Suns will at least play competitively tonight though. But they simply won't be able to end their losing streak against a team with the talent and veteran leadership of the Hawks.
Suns lose 106 - 92