Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Brandon Knight (hip) is expected to start against the Heat on Monday.

Knight left Saturday's game with a left hip pointer, but it doesn't sound serious if he's already ready to be back in the starting lineup. Gerald Green will head back to the end of the bench.
Mar 2 - 11:01 AM

Gerald Green admitted he wants to play, but added he'd do whatever is best for the team.

"We're all fighting for something – to get in the playoffs. So that's all I'm worried about. I want to play but, even if I don't, I just want to win." Green has played less than 16.5 minutes in three of his last four contests.
Mar 2 - 10:44 AM

The NBA rescinded a technical on Marcus Morris from Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

That leaves Morris now with seven technical fouls this season instead of eight, but it won't impact his fantasy value either way.
Mar 2 - 10:42 AM

Jeff Hornacek praised Brandon Knight because he "understands the game."

"For myself, being a leader, directing guys, it's just putting them in the right positions and learning on the go and learning on the fly," Knight said. "If I talk myself through it, it looks like I'm leading but I'm kind of helping myself." Hornacek added that Knight is "willing to talk in practice," saying he's already been communicating with teammates about what needs improvement. By comparison, Eric Bledsoe plans to lead by example, "I keep on hearing everybody telling me I need to talk more...I'm pretty much going to go out there and do."
Mar 2 - 10:40 AM

Eric Bledsoe was on the other end of the spectrum on Saturday during a 101-74 loss to the Spurs with 12 points, six rebounds, no assists and two turnovers.

Brandon Knight went down tonight, which actually might hurt Bledsoe a tad. In fact, Bledsoe was making a sterling 70.0 effective field goal percentage off Knight passes before tonight. Basically, fantasy owners can throw this game out the window for every Sun. Alex Len (six points and nine boards), P.J. Tucker (five points and 11 boards) and Markieff Morris (10 points and two boards) also didn't play well.
Feb 28 - 11:35 PM

T.J. Warren looked good in garbage time against the Spurs with nine points, one rebound and two assists in 18 minutes.

He had a lot of buzz over the summer and in the preseason and he might actually get some playing time with Brandon Knight getting hurt tonight. However, Warren's fantasy ceiling is low right now because he doesn't really take treys and he's not too great with defensive stats. You have to be in a very deep league to look at him.
Feb 28 - 11:33 PM

Gerald Green started the second half for the injured Brandon Knight, finishing with four points and one rebound in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He seems to be firmly in the doghouse and has played just 15.5 minutes per game since the break (including the DNP-CD). The Suns appear like they're not going to bring Green back next season and will get a look at their young guys, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:30 PM

Brandon Knight suffered a hip injury against the Spurs and will not return, finishing with just one point and two assists in 17 minutes.

He missed all six of his attempts from the field and clearly wasn't himself tonight. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but we should know more soon. Gerald Green started the second half in place of Knight, and he will have an excellent shot to play big minutes if Knight misses any additional time.
Feb 28 - 10:35 PM

Gerald Green played 16 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with two points, one assist and one steal.

He was the No. 2 guy off the bench and he only made 1-of-4 from the field. Green was more focused on defense tonight, but he still has a long way to go to getting back in the good graces of his coach. If you want to add someone like Kelly Olynyk for Green, go for it.
Feb 27 - 3:28 AM

Archie Goodwin picked up a DNP-CD on Thursday.

Shockingly, coach Jeff Hornacek tightened up his rotation. The Suns may have already seen all they needed to, so Goodwin could be done for now. We'll see you in Summer League, Archie.
Feb 27 - 3:12 AM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len double-doubled with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding one assist and three blocks in a career-high 38 minutes.

Len has come a long way since the beginning of the season, and he has arguably been one of the hottest commodities in fantasy since the All-Star break with averages of 9.4 points, 10.8 boards and 3.4 blocks in 32 minutes per game over his last five. His ankle injury looks like a thing of the past, and as long as Len stays healthy his owners are going to be in for a fantastic finish to the season.
Feb 27 - 3:06 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J Tucker picked up big minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover.

He played 35 minutes and coach Jeff Hornacek put him in the unenviable position of guarding Russ Westbrook down the stretch. Tucker is racking up stats right now and he's getting consistent minutes, so he should be viewed as a must-own player in standard leagues.
Feb 27 - 2:57 AM

Eric Bledsoe was a superstar against the Thunder on Thursday during a 117-113 overtime win, making 11-of-16 from the field for 28 points with 13 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers.

That's good for an effective field goal percentage of 75.0. In what was a very uptempo game, Bledsoe seemed to be in total control, which has been the story for his game lately. In his last six games, Bledsoe averaged 20.7 points, 7.3 boards, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 treys on 50.6 percent from the field. People don't call him Mini-LeBron for no reason.
Feb 27 - 2:48 AM

Markieff Morris scored 29 points with 11 boards in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

He was really struggling prior to tonight, averaging just 6.3 points over his last three games, so his owners will be thrilled that he broke out of his slump. The best part of all of this is that he struggled in the mid-range again tonight, making 4-of-13 on those shots. Morris was money everywhere else, though. Expect some bumps in the road, but look for Morris to build on this momentum on Saturday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs.
Feb 27 - 2:47 AM

Brandon Knight played 48 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

While he did get a front-row seat of the Russ Westbrook Show, Knight looked good. He had a lot of ISO plays and he ran the offense a ton tonight, especially in transition. It's pretty clear coach Jeff Hornacek is going to stagger Knight's minutes with Eric Bledsoe, which should elevate his usage rate. Considering how many treys he's taking, his fantasy value shouldn't fall off too much. He should be viewed as a mid-round guy.
Feb 27 - 2:40 AM


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