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- Goran Dragic, who has missed the Suns’ past three games (two of them wins) with a sprained left ankle, will try to play tonight. “He said it felt pretty good this morning,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “I am going to reiterate to him to make sure it feels really good. No sense in pushing it.” Dragic’s presence gives them two starting point guards (along with Eric Bledsoe), which gives the Suns an offensive edge. “You have two guys who can run pick and rolls,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams pointed out. “We have to be mindful of that.” Whether Dragic will play will be a game-time decision.
- Ryan Anderson, the Pelicans’ sharpshooting big man, could return to the fold any day but will not play tonight, coach Williams said. Anderson has yet to play because of a broken toe.
- The Pelicans feature Anthony Davis, maybe the league’s fastest-rising player. The second-year big man is averaging 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. “He’s a great player, and he gets his stuff in a lot of different ways,” Hornacek said. For tonight, the Suns need to make sure Davis doesn’t get out on fast breaks against the Suns’ big men, he said. “If he gets six-to-eight transition points on us, that will be tough.”
– Mike Tulumello