Sebastian Telfair, Suns adjusting to lineup adjustments

Jan 4, 2013, 8:08 PM | Updated: 8:09 pm

The Phoenix Suns are looking to make it two wins in a row when they host the Utah Jazz Friday night at US Airways Center. And once again, P.J. Tucker is getting the start instead of Shannon Brown.

Switching up the starting lineup has been a common theme this season for head coach Alvin Gentry as he continues to try and find the right combination to get wins. That’s something guard Sebastian Telfair isn’t accustomed to.

“It’s just different, ya know,” he said after practice Friday. “I’m not really used to the starting five switching up so often. I don’t know, maybe just for how this team is.”

Gentry has said he will continue to move pieces around until he finds a good fit, which means going with what’s working that night. Most teams have a solid starting five and it’s the players coming off the bench that may rotate from time to time.

“I’m not exactly sure. I don’t know if helps us or not but sometimes when you’re not winning games, it seems that you gotta to switch it up and coach has been doing that,” said Telfair. “He did that within the last couple of games and we got a win last game, so hopefully it works.”

Tucker made starts the last two games against the Thunder and 76ers in place of Shannon Brown. Phoenix lost to Oklahoma City but beat Philadelphia.

Telfair noted usually at this point in the season you have a set rotation, though the Suns are playing game number 34 Friday night.

“For normal, we crossed that point, but we have a lot of young guys on this team and it’s a new team for the most part with guys playing with each other,” the guard said. “Coach probably still trying to figure out what’s the best five guys to be on the court that’s gonna help us.”

The Suns have won eight of the last tem matchups in the series with the Jazz and they’ve won four straight home games against Utah. Tip-off Friday night is at 7:00 p.m. with coverage on Arizona Sports 620AM.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Indiana Pacers' Jalen Smith (25) drives past Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum during the second half of...
Nikash Nath

Former Suns lotto pick Jalen Smith smiling again with return to Pacers

The Phoenix Suns' 2019 lottery pick, Jalen Smith, agreed to a two-year, $9.6 million contract extension to stay with the Indiana Pacers.
10 hours ago
(Photo via Devin Booker/Twitter)...
Arizona Sports

Look: Suns SG Devin Booker’s cover for NBA 2K23 revealed

Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker cover for the NBA 2K23 video game was revealed on Thursday, a day after he signed his supermax deal.
10 hours ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) moves the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the...
Arizona Sports

Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker agree to supermax extension

The Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker have agreed to a four-year, $214 million supermax contract extension, the team announced.
1 day ago
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, and Suns center Deandre Ayton, right, watch as Brooklyn Nets f...
Kevin Zimmerman

Kevin Durant trade offers from Suns, others reportedly not enticing Nets

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Deandre Ayton remain in wait as a trade request from Durant holds up several events of expected shuffling.
1 day ago
A Summer league logo is shown on center court during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the...
Kellan Olson

Suns enter Summer League with another experienced, older roster

For the second straight year, the Phoenix Suns are approaching NBA Summer League unlike any other team.
1 day ago
Ish Wainright #12 and Frank Kaminsky #8 of the Phoenix Suns react during the second half of the NBA...
Arizona Sports

Suns announce Summer League roster headlined by Ish Wainright

The Phoenix Suns released their 18-man Summer League 2022 minicamp roster Sunday evening which includes wing Ish Wainright.
4 days ago
Sebastian Telfair, Suns adjusting to lineup adjustments