SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Running isn't just an offensive cornerstone for the Phoenix Suns. It is also a matter of survival.
The Suns often resort to small ball tactics to neutralize advantages taller teams have around the basket. It's one reason why Phoenix went small early and often against the Utah Jazz in the NBA preseason finale for both teams.
"We got to play scrappy," Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said. "We're so small, we got to play scrappy and get out on the break. Too many teams are going to beat our numbers in the post. We just got to play scrappy."