Suns expected to start Isaiah Canaan at point guard vs. Bulls

Nov 21, 2018, 1:12 PM | Updated: 4:19 pm
Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) in the...
Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

After coming off the bench for the first time this season against Philadelphia, the Phoenix Suns are expected to reintroduce sixth year point guard Isaiah Canaan to the starting lineup against Chicago on Wednesday, per 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Canaan played just 20 minutes against Philadelphia and spent the night battling foul trouble. He finished the contest with one point on three shots along with three rebounds, a turnover and five fouls.

Franchise star Devin Booker started in place of Canaan at the point guard slot and finished the night with eight assists. Head coach Igor Kokoskov deployed his tallest starting five of the season with forward Trevor Ariza returning to the lineup and rookie Mikal Bridges sliding to the shooting guard.

Kokoskov opted to start Bridges for the third consecutive game after posting 14 points and 4 steals against Oklahoma City. He finished with 13 points and three steals on 5-for-7 shooting from the field.

Gambadoro also said Trevor Ariza would remain in the starting lineup against the Bulls, pushing Bridges to the bench.

During his 14 games in the starting lineup, Canaan has put up an average of 9.3 points and 3.2 assists per game on 43.9 percent shooting from the field and 38.6 percent from behind the arc.

Canaan has been a reliable three-point shooter for Phoenix this year, connecting on 40.5 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes on 2.5 attempts per contest. He’s hit the fourth most three-pointers and has logged the fifth most minutes on the team.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Bill Russell, left, star of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach afte...
Kevin Zimmerman

NBA retires No. 6 jerseys, to add jersey patch honoring late Bill Russell

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is the first to be retired across the NBA. Players will wear the patch on the shoulders this year.
1 day ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of Game One of the Western Confere...
Kevin Zimmerman

ESPN’s NBA staff still mighty high on 2022-23 Phoenix Suns

If you were wondering why the Suns have attacked the offseason with tinkering, it might be time to remember the past two full seasons.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
2 days ago
Kevin Durant attends "NYC Point Gods" premiere at Midnight Theatre on July 26, 2022 in New York Cit...
Dan Bickley

Kevin Durant’s exit could get messy for Nets, maybe Suns, too

By my calculations, there is only one way Durant lands in Phoenix. There must be a second act of petulance even worse than the first.
3 days ago
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket as Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns defe...
Arizona Sports

Report: Kevin Durant tells Nets owner to pick him or coach, GM

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reportedly met with team owner Joe Tsai in London on Saturday and reiterated his trade request.
4 days ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
4 days ago
Suns expected to start Isaiah Canaan at point guard vs. Bulls