Suns (31-28) vs. Spurs (41-16) notes

– TV: CW35, ESPN.

– Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350.

– Suns injury report: None.

– Spurs injury report: None.

– With a win, the Spurs will clinch the season series. The Suns haven’t won the season series since the 2009-10 season.

– In two games this year, San Antonio outscored Phoenix by 10.3 points per 100 possessions.

– The Spurs shot 32 percent from the corner against the Suns compared to their season average of 42 percent. The Spurs took 11 corner 3-pointers a game compared to 3.5 for the Suns.

– In their previous meeting, Phoenix dished out a season low 14 assists. This is important because Phoenix is 18-12 when they exceed their season average in assists (22.7)

– Steve Nash averaged 18 points, nine assists and 48.6 percent shooting against the Spurs this year. The Suns will be playing the second game of a back-to-back tonight. Nash’s assist average drops to a still impressive but not quite Nash-like 9.6 assists.

– When Nash notches a double-double, the Suns are 14-12.

– Recently, Phoenix has implemented an interesting lineup combination that has had a lot of success. In 13 games (105.9 minutes), the Telfair-Redd-Childress-Morris-Lopez lineup has outscored opponents by 21.3 points per 100 possessions.

– The Nash-Hill-Dudley-Frye-Gortat lineup (744.4 minutes) has outscored their opponents by 13.5 points per 100 possessions.

– Former high school star, Sebastian Telfair is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 assists in eight games this month.

– Pick-and-roll maestro Marcin Gortat averaged 22.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 57.1 percent shooting in two games against the Spurs.

– Gortat, alone, has attempted 14 shots at the rim, converting 11 of them.

– Channing Fyre’s shooting percentage (41 percent) drops to 37.9 percent on back-to-backs.

– In their last meeting, San Antonio converted on 69.7 percent on their attempts from inside nine feet compared to 55.6 percent for the Suns.

– The Spurs also shot (marginally) better than the Suns from 16-23 feet, shooting 12-of-25 (48 percent). Phoenix also shot well, though, shooting 11-of-23 (47.9 percent).

– Tony Parker, currently in the midst of a mini shooting slump, averaged 20.5 assists and eight assists against Phoenix.

– After a blistering March (11.1 points, 6.5 rebounds), Kawhi Leonard has cooled off this month. His shooting percentage has waned to 42.9 percent and his scoring and rebounding totals have followed suit. He’s averaging five points and 3.9 rebounds, respectively.

– Maybe the Suns defense could put Leonard on the right track. Leonard logged an average of 32 minutes along with 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Topics: Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Steve Nash

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