DALLAS _ With their abilities to do a myriad of things to score points, the Phoenix Suns are accustomed to presenting a very big challenge for any team.
But the usually free-wheeling Suns are only averaging 91.8 points per game, which is just 23rd in the NBA. Still, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is concerned about a club that, in the past, posted 100-point games on a regular basis.
“They’re a very sophisticated skilled team,’’ Carlisle said after this morning’s shoot around. “We know what they’re capable of, and that’s one of the challenges about tonight.’’
The Mavs (2-4) will host the Suns (2-3) at 7:30 tonight at American Airlines Center.
Even though the Suns are shooting just 41.5 percent form the field and 27.8 percent form three-point range, Carlisle is worried about their potential and the pressure they put on opposing defenses.
“Transition defense is always big, pick-and-roll defense is big, and then the three-point shot is a big part of their attack,’’ Carlisle said. “So we’ve got to do a good job in those areas.’’
-- Dwain Price
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