NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 1st (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) at Phoenix Suns (2-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - All-world point guard Steve Nash will try to get his teammates involved once again, as he leads the Phoenix Suns against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight from US Airways Center.
Nash had 18 points and dished out 20 assists in a 123-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday in the desert. Nash notched his sixth career game with at least 20 assists, while Leandro Barbosa totaled 24 points, Channing Frye 22 and Amare Stoudemire 20 in the win.
"For me, I want to win the game. If I get five assists or 20 assists and we win, it doesn't matter," said Nash. "If you get a bunch of assists it means a lot of guys are scoring, which is nice."
Following their home game versus the Timberwolves, the Suns, who topped the LA Clippers in their season opener, will embark on an East Coast road trip against Miami, Orlando, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia.
Minnesota has split its first two games of the 2009-10 campaign under new head coach Kurt Rambis and is coming off Friday's 104-87 loss versus LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. James had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to stifle the 'Wolves.
Rookie Jonny Flynn netted 17 points for Minnesota, which got 12 points and eight rebounds from Al Jefferson. Corey Brewer scored 11 points in defeat. The Timberwolves won their season opener versus New Jersey.
"Nothing is going to come easy for us. We're trying to get this across as a coaching staff to this team," Rambis said. "They're going to have to be a high energy, highly active, highly competitive, scrappy team."
Phoenix won two of three meetings with Minnesota a year ago and is 12-5 in the previous 17 encounters against the 'Wolves. Minnesota has dropped six of eight trips to the Valley of the Sun.
11/01 10:44:14 ET