SUNS AT KINGS, 10 P.M. ET

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  • A lot has changed since the Phoenix Suns last played on Thursday January 17 against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Gone are head coach Alvin Gentry, assistant Dan Majerle and possibly assistant coach Elston Turner, who is still mulling his options.  Tonight in Sacramento, former NBA guard Lindsey Hunter makes his coaching debut for the 13-28 Suns.  “I probably will be,” Hunter said, when asked if he would be nervous tonight.  “But you know, I was nervous walking out here as a player before, so it’s kind of the same.”
  • The Suns take on a Sacramento Kings team that is facing some adversity of its own.  Tonight marks the first home game for the team since the Maloof family announced an agreement to sell the team to a Seattle based group led by Chris Hansen on Monday.  “My focus has always been, no matter what, is to focus on the young men that I’m working with,” coach Keith Smart said about the exterior distractions facing his team.  “I can’t control anything that’s happening outside of those lines.”
  • Both the Kings and the Suns come in with a healthy roster of player.  Coach Hunter said during pregame that he expects to make changes to his rotation, but the Suns starting lineup will remain the same for tonight.

– James Ham

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