• Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek coached Hornets center Al Jefferson as a Utah Jazz assistant. Hornacek calls Jefferson the best one-on-one post scorer in the NBA. What does Hornacek like best about Jefferson’s game? “His footwork is phenomenal. …One-on-one he might be the best down low. If he’s one-on-one, he’s going to score.”
• The Suns sent rookies T.J. Warren (N.C. State) and Tyler Ennis to the Development League. That’s in contrast to the Hornets electing to keep Noah Vonleh with them to practice. One key difference: The Suns have invested in a D-League franchise, so Hornacek knows Warren and Ennis will be running the same plays there the Suns run.
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• Of the three players who ended up playing after being listed as questionable – Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams and Gary Neal – I’m most surprised Neal played. His foot was in so much pain the coaches discouraged him from going through the shootaround. But he ended up playing.
• Center Bismack Biyombo entered the game late in the first quarter, the first non-garbage time minutes he’s played this season. Biyombo played in front of Jason Maxiell.