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January 31, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m., Saturday

Goran Dragic vs. Ramon Sessions: Dragic might be the NBA’s most improved player. He’s blown up with the Suns’ other point guard, Eric Bledsoe, out with a knee injury.

Bobcats at Suns

9 p.m., U.S. Airways Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Suns
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, R. Sessions 10.8 2.1 G, G. Dragic 19.7 3.4
G, G. Henderson 15.1 4.3 G, G. Green 14.1 3.0
F, C. Douglas-Roberts 8.1 4.8 F, P. Tucker 9.3 6.1
F, J. McRoberts 8.0 5.2 F, C. Frye 12.3 3.1
C, A. Jefferson 19.3 10.5 C, M. Plumlee 9.7 8.1

Matchup to Watch

Goran Dragic vs. Ramon Sessions: Dragic might be the NBA’s most improved player. He’s blown up with the Suns’ other point guard, Eric Bledsoe, out with a knee injury.

Observations

• The Suns are having a stunningly successful season, considering they are in a rebuild. They’re coming off a road victory over the Indiana Pacers, the best defensive team in the NBA. They’re second in the Pacific Division, over a stacked Golden State team. If this continues, Jeff Hornacek figures to win coach of the year in his first season on the job.
• The Suns won the first game this season in Charlotte, so they can sweep the series for the seventh time in 10 seasons.

Tap-ins

•  Miles Plumlee from Duke jumped into major minutes for the Suns after Marcin Gortat was traded to Washington. He’s held up well to advanced expectations.
• Ex-Bobcat Emeka Okafor came to the Suns in the Gortat trade, but has not played at all this season because of a neck injury.

Did you know?

The Suns average 9.4 threes made per game, second-most in the NBA. That’s bad news for a Bobcats team vulnerable at the 3-point line.

Rick Bonnell

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