SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs look to win their 19th consecutive home game this season when they host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
San Antonio's home success has helped it open up the campaign with a 27-6 record, second best in the league behind the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs also are aiming to increase their franchise-record home court winning streak to 28 games as well as win for the 10th time in 11 overall games. San Antonio sloppily committed 17 turnovers in its last outing but still prevailed 101-95 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Phoenix has dropped five straight games overall and is 1-10 in its last 11 visits to San Antonio. Even worse news is that the Suns learned Tuesday that standout guard Eric Bledsoe will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus cartilage in this left knee.
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ABOUT THE SUNS (12-21): Bledsoe was averaging 20.4 points and 6.1 assists and his loss for the season all but assures there won't be a playoff run in Phoenix's near future. The organization appears on the edge of disarray as assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting were fired on Monday and speculation persists that coach Jeff Hornacek is fighting to keep his job. Then there is the status of disgruntled power forward Markieff Morris, who was suspended for two games for throwing a towel at Hornacek during a game and is eligible to return against San Antonio.
ABOUT THE SPURS (27-6): San Antonio's sluggish performance against Minnesota could be bad news for the Suns as the club typically doesn't put together two subpar efforts.
"I thought we came out and didn't respect them the way they're supposed to be respected as a pro team," veteran power forward David West told reporters. "(Phoenix is) the same sort of a deal - younger team with a bunch of athletes. We're just going to have to be more sound and more solid."
West had 11 points against the Timberwolves and has scored in double figures in three of the past four games.
1. The Spurs racked up a season-best 18 steals and the Suns committed a season-worst 28 turnovers in San Antonio's 98-84 victory on Nov. 23.
2. Phoenix SF T.J. Warren scored 23 points in Monday's loss to Cleveland after averaging just 5.7 points over the previous three games.
3. San Antonio C Tim Duncan (knee) sat out against Minnesota but is expected to play on Wednesday.