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Suns eager to find a groove against the Hornets

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There are several reasons for Phoenix Suns To be full of newfound confidence.

But it is advised to take it slow in this category.

“I don’t want to get happy on the farm about all this stuff,” said trainer Monty Williams. “I think this group should play together a little bit more. It takes time to get the team into a rhythm. Once we do that, I think we can be very good.”

After losing 12 of their first 14 games, Phoenix is ​​riding a three-game winning streak and will look to continue building momentum as and when it happens. Charlotte Hornets Come to town on a Tuesday night.

The Suns’ victories total 12 points, with the most recent win being a 112-110 decision against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

“It will show you how hard it is to win this league,” Williams said. “When you can win close games like that, I think it gives you confidence. When you can build that up, especially with so many players playing in different roles, I think it builds your team.”

Charlotte has won two straight games this season, but a 120-102 loss to Utah on Monday kept the Hornets from their first three-game winning streak of the season.

The glaring issue for the Hornets was the inconsistency behind the arc. Utah hit 16 shots from 3-point range, while Charlotte attempted 16 and made two. The Hornets finished with the fewest three-pointers of any team in the NBA in a game this season.

“It’s still sixteen small numbers, but they’ve built their defense on shutting out three of their own,” Charlotte’s coach Steve Clifford said of the Jazz. “We had a 66 in the paint. I felt we did well for most of it. We played a poor first half and were lucky to be so close.”

The Suns are hoping to get more of a groove with returning guard Chris Paul. In his first game in over two weeks, Paul scored 22 points in 38 minutes on Sunday against Memphis.

“I only played several minutes with him,” said Williams. “But we needed someone to coordinate a little bit. Chris was Chris. He was a guy who could only manage certain situations.”

The Suns appeared to have cleared one hurdle with Paul’s return to the court.

“When you come back from an injury, you never know what it’s going to feel like until you actually play five-on-five,” said Paul.

The Suns are trying to make the most of every situation as they wait for Devin Booker to return to action from a groin strain. Plus, they will again be without center Deandre Ayton, who has been discharged with a non-COVID illness.

The Hornets will likely be without guard LaMelo Ball (ankle and wrist injuries) and Cody Martin (knee soreness) in Phoenix as they both sat out Monday night.

Guard James Bucknight and quarterback Kay Jones were called up from the G League on Sunday, and Jones scored four points in four minutes against Utah. Bucknight did not play, though Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points off the bench.

Of the Hornets’ 13 wins, eight have come on the road. Tuesday’s game in Phoenix is ​​the final stop on a four-game trip.

The teams will meet again on March 1 in Charlotte, NC

–Field Argument Level

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