Pacific Notes: Suns, Kuzmic, Barbosa

The Suns‘ three point guard attack has resulted in the team playing at an increased pace on offense, which was one of the team’s goals heading into this season, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic writes. “They’re so unique,” Clippers president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said. “They do have three point guards or, I don’t know, three two-guards. They want to score. It’s not like they’re running a point guard-oriented offense where the one guy is coming down, setting everyone up and directing everybody. They’re playing at a pace and spreading the floor so I think that’s a little bit easier. It’s still hard, my guess, for all of them because they’re all used to having the ball. They seem to have figured it out. They sure don’t have a problem scoring.

Here’s more out of the Pacific Division:

  • The Warriors have assigned Ognjen Kuzmic to the Santa Cruz Warriors, their D-League affiliate, the team has announced. This will be Kuzmic’s fifth trip to the D-League of the season.
  • Leandro Barbosa‘s impact for the Warriors has been about more than his on court production, as the veteran has been an invaluable source of leadership for the team, Carl Steward of The Bay Area News Group writes. “He’s been a solid voice in this locker room,” Stephen Curry said. “I know he has been good for me. Sometimes he’ll call a play in my ear when he’s on the sideline, and when he comes in, he always has some idea about how we can keep the flow going. But even with the experience he brings, all that would kind of be for nothing if he didn’t have the attitude that he has, being a positive guy regardless of the situation.
  • Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders looks at the journey of Kings forward Eric Moreland, and how he made it into the NBA after being passed over in the 2014 NBA draft. Moreland will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder.
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