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Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game, but he does plan on returning to action in Wednesday's contest, the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro reports.
Impact: He scrimmaged Monday for the first time since fracturing his pinkie for the second time, but it makes sense that the Suns would hold the second-year big man out in the first of back-to-back preseason games for Phoenix. He should be ready for the start of the regular season, although he probably won't have a very significant role right away.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) scrimmaged Monday for the first time since fracturing his pinkie for the second time, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: While Len is not yet 100 percent, he's aiming to play in one of the Suns' final two preseason games. Wednesday against the Clippers will be his first opportunity, though Friday against the Jazz may be more realistic.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dragic is expected to rejoin the Suns on Tuesday, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The Slovenia native has been stranded in Ottawa for nearly a week while he sorts out some visa issues. Dragic has missed the last two games but should rejoin the team in advance of Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Randolph (knee) won't play Thursday against the Spurs.
Impact: Randolph is dealing with a minor knee injury and will sit out, leaving the Suns with 13 active players Thursday. The forward will hold down a minor bench role this season, if he sticks on the roster.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) participated in shootaround with his finger taped, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Len broke his right pinkie finger for the second time in a few months last week. The injury is likely not healed, but Len seems to be testing whether or not he can play through the injury. If he continues to practice with his finger taped, he could theoretically play through the injury until it heals, without missing any regular season time.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tolliver has totaled 48 minutes in the Suns' past two preseason games.
Impact: Tolliver had a laceration on his finger that required stitches at the start of October. He's now played in two preseason games and the finger hasn't been an issue, so it should be safe to say it won't have any lasting consequences. He should have a role as a reserve forward with the Suns this season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Warren has displayed a willingness to take more 3-pointers this preseason. When asked about it by reporters, he admitted that he has been trying to develop his long-range shooting as well as his defense, The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Warren has shown throughout his college career, as well as in summer league, that he can be highly efficient from midrange and around the basket. Adding long-range shooting to his repertoire improves his fantasy prospects for those looking at him in dynasty leagues, as Warren is working to add more offensive and defensive stats to his production.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bledsoe finished with 13 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two assists, and two rebounds in 19 minutes Monday.
Impact: After the Suns signed Isaiah Thomas to a four-year deal this offseason, it appeared that Bledsoe's status with the Suns was on the outs. However, with Bledsoe having signed a five-year deal to remain with the Suns, he is now the player they have the biggest investment in for their future, making his status this season more secure than what may have been expected prior to Bledsoe re-signing with the Suns. Coach Jeff Hornacek has said he's going to change up the starting lineup and rotation a lot this preseason, so owners of Bledsoe shouldn't look into his minutes too much. At this point, a reduction in minutes from last season is expected due to the presence of Thomas on the roster, but Bledsoe is first in the pecking order for minutes and should be locked in as the starter at the beginning of the season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas led the team in scoring on Thursday against Flamengo of Brazil. He came off the bench to close with 18 points (5-9 FG, 6-7 FT, 2-4 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds, and three steals in 21 minutes, azcentral reports.
Impact: Thomas provided energy and a scoring punch off of the bench, that was especially needed after the team fell into an early defect in the first quarter. He helped lead a couple comebacks by the team, before a 17-0 run that the Suns didn't look back from. Thomas' presence did a few things, first it allowed the Suns to continue playing at an uptempo pace when one, or both of their starting guards, were off the floor. Second, it allowed the other guards to get rest and not overexert themselves. Thomas' solid play should be reassuring to those wary of how he can produce on the guard-heavy Suns. However, those looking to draft the guard should continue to see how Hornacek uses Thomas through the rest of the preseason.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bledsoe had a slow start Thursday against Brazilian Champions Flamengo, but settled down and led his team to a victory. He was able to drive to the hoop with ease, while using his athleticism to make defensive plays as well. Bledsoe finished the game with 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 FT, 0-2 3Pt), two assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 22 minutes of play, azcentral reports.
Impact: Not wasting any time, Bledsoe made it clear to the Suns' front office why he was worth every penny of the extension he signed over the summer. Bledsoe and the rest of the starters found themselves in a hole early, mainly due to thoughtless mistakes. The 5th-year guard then led his team on a run, scoring 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter. Bledsoe displayed the same explosiveness he had before his injury last year, to go along with a solid shooting performance, despite not making anything from beyond the arc. Bledsoe appears to be ready for this upcoming season, but those looking to draft the guard should monitor his knee throughout the preseason.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dragic had a rough time getting anything going on Thursday against Brazilian Champions Flamengo. He managed to end up with 6 points (2-9 FG, 1-2 FT, 1-2 3Pt), one assist, one rebound, and three turnovers through 24 minutes, azcentral reports.
Impact: It certainly wasn't an encouraging way to follow up his performance in the FIBA cup. However, Dragic still needs time to get adjusted to Jeff Hornacek's style and his teammates, as well. On top of that, Coach Hornacek said that he was looking to experiment with different lineups in this game, meaning he probably didn't aim to have the most efficient unit on the floor at all times. Those looking to draft Dragic should just consider this a bad game and feel confident when selecting him.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morris will start at small forward in Wednesday's exhibition versus Rio De Janeiro Flemengo (Brazil).
Impact: Morris' start comes ahead of P.J. Tucker (suspension) and rookie first-rounder T.J. Warren at the small forward spot. While Morris made just one start in 82 games last season, the recently signed Sun will get an opportunity to impress alongside his twin brother, power forward Markieff, in Phoenix's first-team unit Wednesday. Although it's too early to draw conclusions on Marcus' chances of starting opening night, his inclusion Wednesday indicates coach Jeff Hornacek is considering a role promotion for the fourth-year forward this season.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tolliver (finger) was cleared to shoot at Wednesday's shootaround, the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro reports.
Impact: Tolliver looked comfortable Wednesday, and the stitches in his hand will be removed Thursday. There's a possibility he could play in Friday's preseason game.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Len has re-fractured his right pinky finger. Len initially fractured the finger in the Suns' first Summer League game in Las Vegas. The team said in a brief statement that Len was sidelined and would be re-evaluated on Oct. 18.
Impact: The 7-foot-1 Len, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, got off to a slow start to his NBA career after undergoing ankle surgery before his rookie season.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len fractured his right pinky finger and will be reevaluated in a week, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Len broke the same finger during summer league and wore a splint for nearly a month. While he'll be evaluated again on Oct. 15, it seems likely he misses considerably more time, unless he decides to play through the injury.