January 2012

Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training

Full squad workouts begin February 26

It’s almost time for the boys of summer to take the field for 2012. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training begins on February 20, with the pitchers and catchers reporting to the Salt River Fields Spring Training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The pitchers and catchers begin workouts the next day. The remaining position players report to spring training on February 25. The first full-squad workout is February 26. All workouts are open to the public.  The Diamondbacks have invited 20 non-roster players to attend spring training workouts.

The Diamondbacks begin their Cactus League Spring Training games on Saturday, March 3, with two split squad games against the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies. All games, except for the April 3rd & 4th games against the Milwaukee Brewers, begin at either 1:05pm or 1:10pm Arizona time, and take place at the home team’s spring training facility. The April 3rd and April 4th games take place at the home of the Diamondbacks, Chase Field in Phoenix. Regular season games begin on April 6.

Suns Score just 79 but Win

The Phoenix Suns improved their record to 6-9 on the season after beating the Boston Celtics in Boston Friday. The win came thanks in large part to the play of Marcin Gortat who had a double-double in the contest. The Suns are playing a bit more like their old selves lately as veteran Steve Nash has been playing better as well as Gortat who has added an extra spark to a struggling offense. The combined 150 points is simply a poor offensive performance by both squads and made for some ugly basketball. In the end the Suns also improved their away record to 3-5 this season.

Gortat who became uncoverable in the contest led the Suns. Gortat scored 24 in the ballgame and added 12 rebounds. The veteran Steve Nash led the team in assist with 9 The biggest offensive surge for the Suns came in the 2nd quarter when they outscored the Celtics 26-20. Boston got back in the game in the 3rd quarter, however, as Phoenix scored just 14 points in the quarter. In the end, the strong first half by the suns was enough to get past and hold on for the victory.

Phoenix Tries to Salvage Poor Start to Season

The Suns have been anything but good so far this season, but made steps to change that on Wednesday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York. Behind a strong performance, on both sides of the ball, the Suns were able to win 91-88 and secure a win to move to 5-9 on the season. The Knicks dropped to 6-8 on the year following their very poor performance shooting.

 

The Knicks star tandem of Anthony and Stoudemire made just 12 shots combined on 44 attempts and as a team the Knicks were just 37 percent shooting on the day. Stoudemire did end up leading all Knicks scorers with 23 points and added 7 rebounds while Carmelo got just 12 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The Knicks are showing most that talent does not always equal wins, while Anthony and Stoudemire may be realizing that what they had before felt a little better then now.

 

Cavs Rookie Leads Way to Win

The Cavaliers ended a Phoenix Suns 3-game win streak Thursday with an impressive outing by the leagues number one overall pick Kyrie Irving. Irving led all scorers and broke his career high in points on the day. The game was closer then the 101-90 final would lead you to believe and the Suns were in close the bulk of the game. The win gets the Cavs at 500 percent on the season with a 5-5 record while the Suns are now 4-6 this year.

 

Kyrie Irving’s career high performance of 26 points showed why the kid was chosen first overall. He is showing that he can pick up on the NBA game fast and be a difference maker in games. He certainly was in this game and had some help in the process. Jamison added 23 points of his own and has been a good veteran help to the young Irving this season. Perhaps Irving will be able to bring a maturity to the Cavs that Lebron could not, and hopefully he wants to stick around and bring a championship to Cleveland. Time will tell but he certainly has a good start.

 

The Suns stayed in the game behind veteran Steve Nash and some new faces. Nash led the team with 16 points and added a whopping 15 assist as well. New-comer Redd was 3-7 from the three-point stripe and ended with 12 points in his debut with the team. Gortet also had a double-double for the Suns scoring 14 and gathering 10 rebounds. In the end it proved not to be enough to beat the Cavs though and both teams remain in 3rd place in their respective divisions.