Terry Porter is going to experiment with Matt Barnes in the starting lineup tonight in place of one Grant Hill
A failed experiment in the playoffs can be costly. A preseason experiment can do no wrong, providing answers for theories.
Suns coach Terry Porter tested the idea of starting Matt Barnes at small forward in place of Grant Hill, playing Barnes with the first team in the past two practices. Porter did not commit to starting Barnes Wednesday night at Atlanta but the idea has been up for debate since the summer. It is Porter’s only lineup decision until he settles on an eight- or nine-man rotation in next week’s final three preseason games.
“He (Barnes) and Grant have some very similar skills, as far as the ability to put the ball on the floor, run pick and rolls, space it,” Porter said. “In a lot of ways, they’re the same type. Matt’s just a young version of Grant maybe.”