Lindsey Hunter benches young players in loss to Wizards
They left with six.
Washington outscored the Suns 34-19 in the second quarter on their way to an 88-79 win at US Airways Center Wednesday night -- their first win in the Valley since December of 2006.
The loss left Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter very disappointed.
"Quite a lackluster effort the first half," Hunter said. "I was not happy with none of our young guys. And it wasn't about mistakes they made. It was about effort. It was about fight, having a sense of urgency. Unacceptable. This is unacceptable."
Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Michael Beasley and Kendall Marshall all sat on the bench for the final 24 minutes after combining to shoot 1-for-9 from the floor in the first half.
"We're gonna play guys that play the way we want to play and play the way that we're gonna play," he continued. "Establish the type of culture that we're gonna have.
"I told Marcus and I told Markieff that if you're not going to go out and compete, forget making shots, forget bad passes and things like that -- if you're not going to go out and compete and fight, you'll watch the guys that will."
Goran Dragic and Luis Scola played all 24 minutes in the second half for Phoenix, while PJ Tucker, Jermaine O'Neal and Wesley Johnson each played more than 16 minutes. The Suns outscored the Wizards 34-29 after halftime and held Washington to 33 percent shooting from the field. Washington scored 59 points and shot over 60 percent in the first half.
"The guys that went out in the second half played the way that we're gonna play and that's why they were out there," Hunter said.
The Suns (23-46) will host the Minnesota Timberwolves at US Airways Center Friday night.
Vince Marotta, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- Tim Kempton, Suns' Analyst - Wednesday June 19Suns' Analyst Tim Kempton joins Doug and Wolf to talk about the NBA Finals game six and if the Spurs
- Jared Dudley, Suns forward - Tuesday June 18Jared Dudley joins Doug and Wolf to talk NBA Finals.
- Jared Dudley, Suns' Forward - Tuesday June 11JD gives us his player's perspective on the NBA Finals.
- Brian Windhorst, NBA ESPN.com Writer - Friday June 7Brian Windhorst talks about Game 1 of the NBA Finals and what to expect from the rest of the series.
- Suns GM Ryan McDonough - Friday June 7The Suns GM talks about prospects Ben McLemore of Kansas and Victor Oladipo of Indiana.