9 P.M. at phoenix • FSN, 830-AM
Preview: The Suns (33-32) began a five-game homestand with Monday’s 98-80 loss to Golden State, their ninth loss in 13 games. The Suns trail Oklahoma City for eighth place in the Western Conference by three games. They are 4-6 since they wheeled and dealed at the February trading deadline, sending away point guards Goran Dragic to Miami and Isaiah Thomas to Boston and acquiring point guard Brandon Knight from Milwaukee. Knight sprained his ankle in Monday’s second quarter, played just 13 minutes and was on crutches Tuesday. This is the final game of a four-game season series, which the Suns lead 2-1 after losing 111-109 at Target Center in their first game after the trade deadline. The Suns played with 10 players in that one. The Suns have won 15 of the past 21 meetings between the teams.
Players to watch: The Suns traded away two point guards and brought back one at the deadline to play alongside point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is averaging 16.3 points, 6.6 assists, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks since the All-Star break (and deadline). He is on pace to average at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists a game. The last Suns player to do that was Jason Kidd in the 2000-01 season.
Injuries: F Anthony Bennett (sprained ankle), F Shabazz Muhammad (finger surgery) and F Robbie Hummel (fractured hand) are all out. Suns G Knight (sprained ankle) is out.