Suns Bounce Back With 1st Win of the Season

By Travis Gordon

Friday, November 2, 2012–

1st Quarter
The Pistons scorched the nets, shooting 50% from the field in the opening quarter. Jason Maxiell opened the game making 6 of his first 8 shot to help the Pistons take a 28-24 lead after the 12:00. Marcin Gortat scored 8 of the Suns 1st 12 points to keep the Suns in the game, while Michael Beasley struggled again, starting the game 1-5 from the field.

Key Notes:
Maxiell scored 11 of Pistons first 15 points to begin the game
Detroit scored 16 of their 28 1st quarter points in the paint

2nd Quarter
The Suns offense began the 2nd quarter stale and stagnant. Everyone was looking for the other player to shoot and it made for some poor shot selections. Phoenix caught fire midway through the 2nd, outscoring the Pistons 30-18. Luis Scola led the charge with 11 of the Suns 30 points in the quarter. Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko kept the Pistons in the game, making 4 of his 5 shots and scoring 9 of the Pistons 18 points in the quarter.

Key Notes:
Andre Drummond controlled the glass with five 2nd qtr rebounds

3rd Quarter
Neither team gave their head coach reason to believe that the offenses are in mid-season form. Both squads shot less than 37% for the quarter. The Suns settled for too many one pass and shot possessions, while Brandon Knight came alive for Detroit, scoring 7 points to go along with 3 assists.

Key Notes:
To Beasley’s credit, he came out shooting but with every missed shot, you could see his body language becoming more and more pessimistic. Beasley went 2-6 in the quarter, but rushed several shots while forcing the issue. His slow start is starting to affect other aspects of his game.

The teams combined to go 1-9 from downtown in the quarter.

4th Quarter
Shannon Brown gave the Suns the lift they needed in the 4th, scoring 10 of his 14 overall points in the quarter on 5 of 8 shooting. He and Gortat combined to shoot 7-10 from the field in the 4th as the Suns improve to 1-1 on the early season. Greg Monroe was off for most of the contest, but managed to score down the stretch when the Pistons needed baskets the most.

Key Notes:
Kyle Singler was on the floor for the Pistons in “winning time” instead of Rodney Stuckey.

Game Observations
* Rodney Stuckey is now 1-17 shooting this season from the field for the Pistons
* PJ Tucker has gained the trust of the Suns’ coaching staff. This is the 2nd straight game he has logged “winning time” minutes, subbing in for Beasley.
* You can see the frustration growing for the Kendall Marshall. He has yet to play this season, but the coaching staff remains very high on the UNC point guard.
* The Suns have defeated the Pistons for the 7th time in 8 contests, while holding Detroit to 88.5 PPG during that span.
* The Pistons have not won in US Airway Center since Feb 24, 2008.
* Marcin Gortat finished with 16 pts and 16 reb, his 6th career game with at least 16+ in each category