In their first preseason game, the Phoenix Suns had more points, more fastbreak points, and shot a higher percentage from the floor than they did in any game a season ago. While they were only playing Maccabi Haifa, this was still a step in the right direction for rookie head coach Jeff Hornacek’s squad.
More importantly, guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic appear to have great chemistry on the court. In the first seven minutes of the game, the Suns went on a 21-9 run, and the Bledsoe-Dragic backcourt combined for 17 of the 21 opening points. The two point guards combined for a total of 38 points on 16-of-22 shooting, nine assists, five rebounds, and five steals in their first game together.
Hornacek was pleased with the way the two played together, and had this to offer,
“Good basketball players know how to play with other guys in terms of what works best. They seem to have a pretty good little relationship there where they’re kind of on the same page already, which is nice.”
We got more options in the offense now,” Dragic said. “We can put it in the low post with (Gortat). We can play pick-and-roll and we can run. We want to play fast pace, try to be the old Suns and try to score as many points as we can.”