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Game Preview: Phoenix Suns try to smooth out offense against the Utah Jazz

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The Phoenix Suns host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
  • What: Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz
  • When: 7:00pm
  • Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
  • TV: NBATV, and online streaming (but only if you’re within 75 miles of the arena)

After winning their first game on Monday night in ugly fashion, the Suns will have to play a lot better to beat a loaded Utah Jazz team on Wednesday.

The Jazz will most certainly play all their rotation players just like the Suns will, so the game should be a bit closer to the real thing than Monday’s slopfest.

Monday’s game

For those of you still steaming over the 75-mile radius limit of watching the preseason game on Monday, here’s some highlights courtesy of the YouTube.

Now on to tonight’s game.

NBATV

If you happen to get NBATV, you can see the Suns/Jazz preseason tilt. If you don’t, and you’re outside 75 miles of the arena, well... watch for recaps and highlights to come later. Sorry.

The Jazz

Well, the Jazz are loaded for bear and ready to make the playoff this season. Their kids have grown, and they added grizzled vets in George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw into the fold.

The Jazz lost their preseason opener to the Blazers on Monday. They played 16 players in the contest, with only Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and Trey Lyles topping 20 minutes of time.

Gordon Hayward led all Jazz scorers with 17 points in 18 minutes, while Gobert led with 13 rebounds.

Expect the Jazz to play a lot of guys, but the first quarter at least should give a glimpse of how the Suns could stack up this year.

The Suns

Devin Booker led all Suns scorers with 19 points in 24 minutes in the win over the Jazz. He led the team to overcome an 11-point half time deficit, turning it into a 1-point lead within the opening minutes of the third quarter.

Marquese Chriss had a nice debut with 10 points and 3 rebounds in a team-leading 25 minutes of play.

Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined for only 11 points and 6 assists in 34 total minutes as the Suns tried to introduce a new motion offense with decidedly mixed results.

Probable starting lineups

What to watch

Let’s see if the Suns offense looks any more coherent.

Otherwise, just focus on the new guys like Chriss, Dragan Bender, Tyler Ulis and the ‘old’ guy Devin Booker.

Prediction

We don’t need no stinking predictions!

It’s the preseason!! Who wins doesn’t matter.