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- NBA observers will be watching to see if Miles Plumlee can duplicate his stunning first NBA start in which he had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Plumlee became the Suns’ starting center after the team traded away Marcin Gortat just before the season started. Plumlee, who played rarely for Indiana as a rookie (he was acquired in the Luis Scola deal) became the first player to post at least 15 points and 15 boards in his Suns’ debut since Tom Gugliotta in 1999.
- Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has extraordinary knowledge of the young Jazz players, having served as an assistant coach in Utah for the previous two seasons. “He knows the guys. He knows the system,” acknowledged Jazz coach Ty Corbin, a former teammate of Hornacek’s with the Suns from 1987-89. “Like any other team, they scout you. He has a little more in-depth insight because he has been here.”
- Both teams are expected to be among the bottom dwellers in the Western Conference, though the Suns won their opener vs. Portland while the Jazz lost at home to Oklahoma City.
- Markief Morris returns from his one-game suspension, owing to an incident in the pre-season, but Channing Frye nevertheless will start again at the big forward spot for the Suns. Frye is coming back after missing last season because of a heart problem. He had seven points and three rebounds in the opener and has no limitations on playing time.
- Out with injuries for the Jazz are Andris Biedrins, Trey Burke, Jeremy Evans, Brandon Rush and Marvin Williams. For the Suns, Emeka Okafor is expected to miss much of the season with a neck injury.
–- Mike Tulumello