Description: Phoenix power forward Markieff Morris made 11-of-14 from the field for 25 points with 11 rebounds Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Morris has played well off the bench this season, averaging 26 minutes, 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, but he's providing just 0.3 blocks, 0.3 threes and 0.9 steals per game, which limits his value.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will come off the bench Friday against Utah. SOURCE: Suns on Twitter
Insight: Bledsoe had missed the Suns' previous six games with a bruised shin. The fact that he's coming off the bench implies that he'll probably be on a minutes limit, making him a risky play in fantasy.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic is averaging 22.6 points, 9.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 threes over his last five games.
Insight: He's taken over as the team's ball-controlling guard with Eric Bledsoe (bruised shin) out for the past six games. Dragic had 31 points, 10 assists, five boards and four triples Wednesday in a win against Portland.
Description: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday against the Blazers, according to Chris Hayes of csnnw.com.
Insight: Bledsoe's shin pain has not subsided, but an MRI Wednesday ruled out any further injury. Gerald Green has averaged 16.5 points and 2.9 threes per game while starting nine of the last 12 for Phoenix.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) hasn't even progressed to running, cutting or jumping yet, according to Paul Coro of azcentral.com.
Insight: Bledsoe has missed three straight games due to a bruised shin. He said "walking" is what is bothering him the most right now. The 23-year-old is averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 threes per game this season, his first in Phoenix.
Description: Suns G/F Gerald Green had 14 points Friday at Charlotte despite shooting 0-of-8 from 3-point range.
Insight: Due to injuries to starting guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, Green already has made seven starts in 12 games, which is as many as he had all of last season with Indiana. He came in having made 30-of-64 from behind the arc. Green offers points and threes but little else.
Description: Phoenix power forward Markieff Morris had 11 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes Friday against the Bobcats after averaging just 19 minutes, 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds over his last four.
Insight: Morris averaged 32 minutes, 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in four games from Nov. 5-10, but the four games prior to Friday remind us to temper expectations for the 24-year-old. He should still be owned in most leagues.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) is doubtful for Friday's game against Charlotte, according to Paul Coro of azcentral.com.
Insight: Bledsoe missed the last two games due to a bruised shin and could not make it through shootaround Friday due to stiffness. The 23-year-old is averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 threes per game this season, his first in Phoenix.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) is expected to play Friday, coach Jeff Hornacek said. SOURCE: nba.com
Insight: Bledsoe missed the last two games due to a bruised shin. The 23-year-old is averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 threes per game this season, his first in Phoenix.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (bruised shin) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Kings, according to Jason Jones of sacbee.com.
Insight: Bledsoe missed Tuesday's game and we doubt he'll play off the bench Tuesday. If he was healthy enough to play, the Suns would start him. Gerald Green will start at shooting guard in his place.
Description: Suns G/F Gerald Green scored 23 points on 6-of-13 shooting Tuesday while filling in for Eric Bledsoe.
Insight: It was only Green's fifth start of the season. Four of the six shots he made came from downtown, where he is shooting 42.9 percent this season. Green's 14.1 ppg scoring average through ten games is a career-high.
Description: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said he thinks guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) is going to miss Tuesday's game, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Bledsoe suffered a bruised shin when he collided with teammate P.J. Tucker during practice. The 23-year-old has been a fantasy force in his first season in Phoenix, averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 threes per game. Gerald Green, who had success when Goran Dragic was out with an ankle injury, will start in Bledsoe's place.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (shin) is questionable for Tuesday's game, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Bledsoe suffered a bruised shin when he collided with teammate P.J. Tucker during practice. The 23-year-old has been a fantasy force in his first season in Phoenix, averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 threes per game. Goran Dragic would take on a larger role and Gerald Green would likely start at shooting guard if Bledsoe has to miss Tuesday's game.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game against Brooklyn (eye injury).
Insight: Dragic collided with Blazers guard Mo Williams and had his eye swollen completely shut along with 13 stitches. The 27-year-old is averaging 13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.0 apg. which isn't up to expectation after a solid last season.
Description: Phoenix power forward Markieff Morris is expected to give it a go Wednesday versus Portland. Morris has been dealing with an illness. SOURCE: Erik Gunderson, The Colombian
Insight: Morris is having a breakout season. In six games, he's averaging 17.2 ppg on 62.7 percent shooting. He might play a little less than usual because of the illness but he's still worth starting in most fantasy leagues.
Description: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged Tuesday that power forward Markieff Morris could start at some point, but he doesn't want to disrupt the bench chemistry right now. SOURCE: Matt Petersen, suns.nba.com
Insight: Morris is averaging 31 minutes, 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals over the last four games. Even if he remains on the bench, he should still consistently get 30-plus minutes per game and should be added in all leagues.
Description: The Suns coaching staff will decide Sunday whether or not guard Goran Dragic (ankle) will play against the Pelicans, according to Paul Coro of azcentral.com
Insight: Dragic went through pre-game warmups Friday but the team decided to hold him out another game. Coro said Dragic "looks good for Sunday's game" after the guard played in half-court scrimmages Saturday.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee had 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks Friday against Denver.
Insight: Plumlee has produced a near double-double with 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 31 minutes per game. Rookie Alex Len has played just two games this season due to injuries and isn't expected to play a major role when he's healthy, so Plumlee will continue to start.
Description: Suns power forward Markieff Morris has made 21-of-26 from the field and averaged 25.5 ppg and 11 rpg his last two games.
Insight: Morris hasn't returned to the starting lineup yet after missing the season opener due to a suspension, but he's played at least 29 minutes in three straight games and is a must-add in deeper leagues.
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic (ankle) will not play Friday night, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Dragic went through pre-game warmups but coach Jeff Hornacek said he would have to be 100 percent to play and he isn't there yet. Gerald Green, who is averaging 33 minutes, 18 points and 4.7 threes in the last three games, will start at shooting guard again.
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Spurs, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Dragic missed Tuesday's game after suffering an ankle injury Sunday. Gerald Green will make a second straight start at shooting guard. Green has played 64 minutes, hit 11 threes and scored 39 points the last two games.
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic is doubtful for Wednesday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Dragic missed Tuesday's game after suffering an ankle injury Sunday. Gerald Green, who started at shooting guard Tuesday, has played 64 minutes, hit 11 threes and scored 39 points the last two games.
Description: Suns swingman Gerald Green hit six threes and had 18 points Tuesday against the Hornets.
Insight: Green moved into the starting lineup with Goran Dragic (ankle) out and played 31 minutes. He's off to a hot shooting start this season after slumping his way through the entire 2012-13 season with the Pacers.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 25 points Tuesday in a win against New Orleans.
Insight: Bledsoe has been on a scoring tear since coming to Phoenix. He already has more 20-point games (three) than he had all of last season. Fantasy owners who took a flyer on him at the draft are hitting the jackpot right now.
Description: Gerald Green will move into the Suns' starting lineup Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Insight: With Goran Dragic out with an ankle injury, Green will slot in as the starting shooting guard. He saw 33 minutes Sunday and turned in 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and five threes against the Thunder after playing just 29 minutes total in the first two games.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee has doubled-doubled in each of the first two games.
Insight: Plumlee is averaging 15.5 rebounds, 14 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while playing 37.5 minutes per game. The team isn't ready to unleash rookie Alex Len yet and Emeka Okafor (neck) may not play this season, so Plumlee will continue to start and play big minutes. He should be added in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Suns point guard Goran Dragic tried to return to Friday's game after suffering a right facial contusion on a collision with teammate P.J. Tucker but had some vision issues, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: The good news is that Dragic didn't have any concussion symptoms. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Thunder.
Description: Suns rookie center Alex Len (ankle) practiced Monday, according to Paul Coro of azcentral.com.
Insight: Len had surgery on both ankles in a two month stretch from May to July, but coach Jeff Hornacek clarified Monday that his recent ankle tendinitis was unrelated. He's expected to back up Miles Plumlee to begin the season.
Description: Newly acquired Suns center Emeka Okafor stands to miss up to three months with a herniated disk in his neck. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: Phoenix has no interest in winning games this season (they'll be joined by Charlotte and Philadelphia in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes) so they're going to give Okafor as much time as he needs to recover. Even when healthy, the defensive-minded Okafor isn't a particularly appealing fantasy asset.
Description: Veteran center Emeka Okafor was dealt to the Suns on Friday. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: The center piece of the trade was Marcin Gortat, who is headed to Washington. Okafor has been bothered by a neck injury and remains without a timetable for his return. For now, the former Rookie of the Year belongs on the waiver wire.
Description: Suns power forward Markieff Morris will miss the season opener.
Insight: He's been suspended for one game without pay for elbowing Serge Ibaka in the face this past week. Morris will be the Suns starting power forward beginning in Game 2 of the season. He has standard league appeal as he'll contribute something positive in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and threes.
Description: Suns rookie center Alex Len (ankle) could miss the start of the regular season, according to Paul Coro of azcentral.com.
Insight: Len had surgery on both ankles in July and might still be dealing with something. Miles Plumlee is expected to begin the season as the starting center, so Len isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Description: Miles Plumlee will begin the season as the Suns' starting center following the trade of Marcin Gortat to Washington. Rookie Alex Len and Slava Kravtsov will back him up. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: "Miles Plumlee’s progress is a big reason we did this trade," Suns GM Ryan McDonough said. "Miles was a big part of the deal we did with Indiana. Our coaching staff has been very pleased with Miles. He’s improved ever since he left Duke and a lot in the short time he’s been with us." Len's minutes will likely increase as the season goes on, but Plumlee will get the first shot to start. Emeka Okafor, who was acquired in the trade with the Wizards, is out indefinitely with a herniated disk in his neck.
Description: The Suns waived former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley on Tuesday. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Beasley's career has been derailed by erratic off-court behavior including multiple arrests. Despite his baggage, Beasley is sure to attract a handful of teams with his 14.1 ppg career scoring average.
Description: Michael Beasley's future in Phoenix could be in question after his latest marijuana arrest.
Insight: Phoenix talk show host John Gambadoro points out that the Suns can use the stretch provision on Beasley, which is basically the equivalent of a buyout. Beasley, who has now been arrested three times since entering the league in 2008 (two of those were marijuana-related), is owed $9 million over the next two seasons.
Description: Craig Grialou from 620 AM KTAR in Phoenix is reporting that Suns rookie Alex Len recently had surgery on his right ankle.
Insight: Great, so now he's got two bad ankles. Len could have gone to Cleveland with the first pick in last month's draft but the Cavaliers and three other teams passed on him because his left ankle was injured. We'll see if the ankles hold up during the regular season.
Description: Caron Butler was traded to the Suns along with teammate Eric Bledsoe Tuesday as part of a three-team swap.
Insight: All Phoenix had to give up was a second-round pick (sent to Milwaukee) and Jared Dudley (traded to the Clippers). The veteran Butler (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg for Los Angeles in 2012-13) will compete with P.J. Tucker (6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Wesley Johnson (8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg) for playing time at the three next season.
Description: The Clippers traded Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix Tuesday as part of a three-team deal.
Insight: According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Bledsoe will share the backcourt with point guard Goran Dragic. Now that he'll be starting for the first time in his career, Bledsoe should see a noticeable increase in points per game. He also has the potential to be one of the league leaders in steals.
Description: Alex Len didn't go No. 1 but he still went top five. The Phoenix Suns took him with the fifth pick in this year's draft.
Insight: Some people thought Len could go to the Cavs with the first overall pick but they ended up taking UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Len has impressive range for a 7-footer and he's strong enough to hold his own in the low post. He'll be a bit of a project at first but the 20-year-old has plenty of upside.
Description: Suns forward Michael Beasley will not rejoin the team Saturday against Minnesota as earlier thought. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Beasley is back in Phoenix with his newborn daughter. He's been exclusively coming off the bench since the All-Star break and his falling numbers show it. He's averaging just 9.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg in the last 24 games and has little fantasy value.
Description: Suns forward Michael Beasley was ejected from Wednesday night's loss to the Clippers after getting into it with Los Angeles big man Ryan Hollins.
Insight: That comes as no surprise given Beasley's reputation. He was just sticking up for his teammate Goran Dragic so we're guessing the league won't suspend him for his actions. With that said, Beasley hasn't been a consistent fantasy contributor this season (10.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg). He's only an option in extremely deep formats.
Description: Suns point guard Goran Dragic (rest) will sit out again Thursday against the Kings, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Interim coach Lindsey Hunter has been constantly tinkering with the lineup since taking over for Alvin Gentry, and he has given more playing time to Wes Johnson and Kendall Marshall. "If you ask me personally, I would play," Dragic said. "That's why they make the decision. "I can play. I’m in great shape. There’s always pain and bruises but you can always play through that."
Description: Phoenix power forward Luis Scola has averages of 14 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five games.
Insight: Scola's minutes are inconsistent in the ever-changing Suns lineup. He's playing well now, but it won't be long before interim coach Lindsey Hunter pulls the rug out from under fantasy owners again.
Description: Suns guard Wes Johnson has scored more than 20 points in two straight games. He made 9-of-16 from the 3-point line in those contests.
Insight: Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter wants to get a good look at Johnson so he has given him decent playing time since late February. Johnson mostly collected DNPs over the first three and a half months of the season but he is averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.6 threes and 30 minutes in March.
Description: Suns point guard Goran Dragic won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Utah.
Insight: Head coach Lindsey Hunter says that Dragic is getting the night off to "rest," which is basically another way of saying that he wants to give his young guys more playing time. That means you, Kendall Marshall (2.6 ppg, 2.1 apg).
Description: Phoenix shooting guard Jared Dudley won't be on the floor Friday against Minnesota. He's out with an illness.
Insight: The Suns have several point guards but not many shooting guards so we're not sure where the extra minutes will go. We're guessing starter P.J. Tucker will see a heavier workload than normal with Wes Johnson shifting from the three to the two whenever Tucker gets a rest.
Description: The Arizona Republic is reporting that Phoenix center Jermaine O'Neal's leg injury is actually a strained left calf. O'Neal suffered the injury late in Wednesday's loss to the Wizards.
Insight: O'Neal had been having an off shooting night prior to his departure (just 3-for-11). The veteran has been starting in place of Marcin Gortat, who is likely out for the season because of a Lisfranc sprain. Hamed Haddadi is the only other center on the Suns' roster but he's just a role player. If O'Neal misses time, we're guessing head coach Lindsey Hunter will use Luis Scola or one of the Morris twins at the five.
Description: Phoenix small forward Michael Beasley only logged eight minutes Wednesday in a defeat against Washington.
Insight: The benching had nothing to do with Beasley's behavior or attitude, which have both been issues in the past. He just wasn't playing particularly well (1-of-5 from the field). The fact of the matter is Beasley hasn't panned out since the Heat made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He's already on his third team in five seasons and the closest he's come to fantasy relevance was in 2010-11 when he averaged 19.2 ppg and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Description: Suns guard Jared Dudley's status for Wednesday's game against Washington is uncertain. He's dealing with an illness and Phoenix took the court for warmups without him. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dudley comes off the bench so we won't know if he's playing unless he enters in the first quarter. He has been getting inconsistent playing time anyway due to the elevation of Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson on the depth chart.
Description: Suns center Jermaine O'Neal moved into the starting lineup Friday and scored 18 points with five rebounds and a block in 29 minutes.
Insight: The Suns are short on centers without Marcin Gortat. Luis Scola had been starting there but he was benched Friday in favor of O'Neal. O'Neal won't be a consistent offensive option but he can provide some blocks.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists in 33 minutes Friday against Atlanta.
Insight: Dragic's first season as a full-time starter has been mostly positive but he hasn't quite reached the same level of production he had as a starter with Houston last season (18 ppg, 8.4 apg in 28 starts).
Description: Suns guard Wesley Johnson has started each of the last four games and averaged 14.3 ppg.
Insight: Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter wants to get a good look at Johnson so he has given him decent playing time since late February. Johnson mostly collected DNPs over the first three and a half months of the season.
Description: Suns center Jermaine O'Neal has returned to the team but he won't be in uniform Monday against the Nuggets. O'Neal left the team for personal reasons last week.
Insight: O'Neal insists he'll be back in action Wednesday against Houston. O'Neal's stats don't scream fantasy stud (7.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 44 appearances) but he actually might be worth picking up on the waiver wire now that Marcin Gortat (11.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg) is out with a foot injury.
Description: Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown hasn't played a single minute in any of the last 10 games.
Insight: New Suns coach Lindsey Hunter is putting his stamp on the team since he took over and Brown hasn't been a part of his plans. Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall, Wes Johnson and P.J. Tucker have been rotation at the two-guard but only Dragic offers any fantasy value.
Description: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot.
Insight: Craig Grialou from 620 AM in Phoenix hears that Gortat could end up missing the rest of the season. One of the Morris twins will probably move into the starting lineup to take Gortat's place. The question is, which one will it be: Marcus (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg) or Markieff (7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg)?
Description: According to Craig Grialou from Arizona Sports 620, Suns center Marcin Gortat heard a pop when he hurt his foot Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Gortat's X-rays came back negative but he still has to get an MRI so he's definitely not out of the woods yet. We're not expecting Gortat (11.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg) to be in the lineup Friday night against Sacramento.
Description: Suns center Marcin Gortat left Wednesday's game with a right foot injury and is doubtful to return, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Gortat is getting an X-ray on his foot. It's unfortunate for fantasy owners because he already had eight points and four rebounds in 11 minutes of play. The Suns are also without Jermaine O'Neal, whose daughter is undergoing heart surgery.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic hit the deck hard after being fouled and had to leave Friday's game.
Insight: Dragic went to the locker room, followed by the team trainer. His injury is being called a lower right back bruise. Dragic's return is doubtful, according to Robert Baum of the Associated Press.
Description: The Rockets have traded forward Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round draft pick. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
Insight: That explains why Morris was deactivated prior to Wednesday's game. Marcus will be reunited with his twin brother, Markieff, with the Suns. The two played together at Kansas. Neither player will have any fantasy value.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic had his first double-double since Jan. 23 Tuesday night with 16 points and 18 assists in 39 minutes.
Insight: The 18 assists are a career high for Dragic. In his first season as a full-time starter, Dragic has been a consistent producer with 14.1 points, 6.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32 minutes per game.
Description: Suns forward Michael Beasley exploded for 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting with six boards and five steals in 34 minutes off the bench Wednesday night against the Lakers.
Insight: Suns interim coach Lindsay Hunter has put his faith in Beasley while former coach Alvin Gentry had none. Beasley is averaging 16.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks in 23 minutes over his last eight games. Hunter has gotten Beasley to shoot just 1.5 threes per game in that span. The forward took 2.7 over his first 25 games and only made 30.9 percent. Beasley's 34 minutes Wednesday were his most since Nov. 17.
Description: Suns interim coach Lindsay Hunter said Michael Beasley has "definitely" earned more minutes. SOURCE: Craig Grialou, ArizonaSports.com
Insight: Beasley is averaging 14.7 points and 5.9 rebounds with a .484 shooting percentage in 21 minutes per game over his last seven contests. He fell out of favor with former coach Alvin Gentry and only played seven minutes per game from Dec. 29 to Jan. 11 before an injury to Jared Dudley forced Gentry to use him again. Beasley is certainly an option for deeper-league owners, but realize that more minutes doesn't necessarily mean better production if Beasley shoots 36.8 percent like he did in his first 34 games.
Description: Suns center Jermaine O'Neal says he should be fine to play again in about three days. O'Neal missed Thursday's game against the Clippers because of an irregular heartbeat.
Insight: If that's the case, O'Neal should have a chance to play next Wednesday against the Lakers. O'Neal's fantasy value has been hindered by Michael Beasley's recent resurgence (13.2 ppg in his last five contests).
Description: Phoenix center Jermaine O'Neal is doubtful for Saturday's game against San Antonio with an irregular heartbeat.
Insight: Yes, O'Neal actually still plays in the NBA. The dinosaur is averaging 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg this year in 15.6 minutes per game. No timetable was given for his return so O'Neal could be out a while and has little-to-no fantasy value.
Description: Suns coach Alvin Gentry has mentioned Wes Johnson by name in each of the last two days as a player he would like to get more playing time.
Insight: Johnson has only played 16 of Phoenix' 40 games this season and averaged just over 7 minutes per game in that time. The guard has been behind Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown and Michael Beasley on the depth chart all season. An increase in minutes for Johnson wouldn't be good for the fantasy values of those three players.
Description: Suns SG/SF Jared Dudley said his wrist is still tender but the swelling is down. He is expected to play Thursday.
Insight: Dudley is averaging 16 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.7 threes over his last 17 games. Those numbers make him a fantasy starter in most leagues, but he might be eased back into action Thursday.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic (ankle) is still dealing with ankle soreness after tweaking it last week in Boston, but he is expected to play Thursday. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: Dragic (14.1 ppg, 6.1 ast, 2.9 reb, 1.5 stl, 1.3 3pt) will likely continue to miss practice sporadically until his ankle feels better but he shouldn't have to miss any games unless he aggravates the injury.
Description: Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting Monday night against Oklahoma City. It was his highest point total since Dec. 29.
Insight: Brown has started the last two games in place of the injured Jared Dudley (wrist). He is averaging 13.3 ppg as a starter this season but was inexplicably benched at the end of December in favor of P.J. Tucker. Brown only averaged 6.6 points in 21 minutes off the bench over seven games before Dudley went down, and he will likely head back to the bench when Dudley returns.
Description: Phoenix power forward Luis Scola had his highest scoring game of the month Saturday night with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Scola added seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Insight: Scola has seen more playing time since he rejoined the starting lineup. In his last 15 games, he's playing 31 minutes per game and averaging 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Description: Suns forward Michael Beasley scored 20 points Saturday for the first time since Dec. 8. Beasley played 21 minutes, his most since Dec. 26.
Insight: Beasley has been buried on the bench this month and only saw more time Saturday night due to the absence of Jared Dudley (wrist). Once Dudley returns, it will be back to obscurity for Beasley.
Description: Phoenix guard Jared Dudley came into Tuesday's game having scored in single digits three times in the past four contests but he contributed 18 points with eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and two threes against the Bucks.
Insight: Dudley averaged 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 threes in 10 games from Dec. 9-29 but had only attempted seven field goals per game over his last four, which explains the scoring downswing.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic netted 21 points on 8-15 shooting with four assists, two rebounds and two steals Tuesday against the Bucks.
Insight: Dragic is averaging 16.5 points and 7.2 assists in six games since returning from a hip injury. He's a strong source of points, assists, steals and threes with decent rebound numbers for a point guard.
Description: Phoenix guard Goran Dragic has scored 69 points with 33 assists, 15 rebounds, three steals and five blocks in four games since returning from an injured hip.
Insight: Dragic had a bumpy December, missing time with a debilitating flu and a bruised hip and averaging just 11.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting in his first 11 games of the month. He appears to be back on track.
Description: Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown has failed to score a point in two of his last three games.
Insight: Brown's production has dropped off dramatically in three games since moving to the bench in favor of P.J. Tucker. The benching came even though Brown was averaging 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 threes in his previous 15 games.
Description: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat turned in a line reminiscent of earlier in the season when he scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks on Friday against Utah.
Insight: Gortat averaged 14.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.3 blocks over his first six games but saw his production slip to 10.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in the 27 games prior to Friday night. The second stretch should be his expected level of production for the remainder of the season.
Description: Suns shooting guard Shannon Brown will come off the bench again Wednesday after being removed from the starting lineup in place of P.J. Tucker on Dec. 31. Tucker will start with Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat on Wednesday. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Brown had zero points on 0-of-3 shooting in 17 minutes Monday. The benching was inexplicable since Brown came in having averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 threes in his previous 11 games, but was in line with most of coach Alvin Gentry's lineup decisions this season.
Description: Phoenix power forward Luis Scola chipped in with a season-high 33 points Saturday in a loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Scola came down with 10 boards as well. Saturday was Scola's sixth double-double of the season and his first since December 17th when he finished with 14 points and 10 assists in a win over the Kings.
Description: Suns point guard Goran Dragic fell to the floor Wednesday after getting fouled by Knicks guard J.R. Smith and now he's questionable for Friday night's game against the Pacers.
Insight: Dragic suffered bruises to his back, hip and wrist as a result of the hard foul. None of the injuries sound too serious but it's possible coach Alvin Gentry could sit him Friday in Indiana as a precaution. If that happens, Sebastian Telfair (6 ppg) will draw the start at point guard for Phoenix.
Description: Phoenix guard Jared Dudley went ballistic with a career-high 36 points Wednesday in a loss to the Knicks.
Insight: Dudley accomplished this on 11-of-17 shooting including 5-of-8 from three-point range. He's really been on a tear with 20.8 ppg in his last six appearances. Who knows how long Dudley can stay hot but right now, he's playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Description: Suns guard Jared Dudley has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and 15 or more in five straight.
Insight: Dudley clearly doesn't want to go back to the bench; he has been on fire since rejoining the starting lineup six games ago, averaging 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 spg and 2.3 3pg in that span. The Phoenix guard-forward is shooting 57.1 percent from the field in his last 10 games after making 43.1 percent in his first 16 games.
Description: Phoenix center Marcin Gortat had eight points and nine rebounds Wednesday after putting up consecutive double-doubles the previous two games.
Insight: Playing time hasn't been an issue for Gortat recently; he's averaging 34 mpg over his last five games after losing time to Jermaine O'Neal during the second half of November. While averaging 11 ppg and 8.3 rpg, down from 15.4 ppg and 10 rpg last season, Gortat has upped his blocks to 2.1 per game.
Description: Suns guard Jared Dudley has had an uptick in production in December, scoring at least 10 points in six of seven games, including 22 Friday night.
Insight: Dudley lost his starting SG job to Shannon Brown in mid-November but he has since regained a spot in the lineup at small forward. Dudley is a decent source of 3-pointers and has been producing solid assist and steal numbers this month but he could be one cold streak away from going back to the bench.
Description: Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic is probable for Wednesday's game against Memphis with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Dragic (15.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.4 apg, 2.0 spg) played through the illness Saturday, but missed Sunday's game with Orlando. Sebastian Telfair would get the start if Dragic can't play, but Telfair didn't produce fantasy-worthy numbers in his start against the Magic, posting six points, four rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes.