On Hill and Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa (right wrist) is on the court right now shooting for the Suns, but the speedy guard is not in uniform and will not play tonight vs. the Celtics. Barbosa was averaging 15.7 points for the Suns, so his absence is a blow for the Phoenix bench.

Grant Hill, whom the Celtics courted before last season, is having a dynamite start to the season for the Suns. In 31 minutes per game, Hill is averaging 14 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the early part of the season. He’s out on the court right now warming up with some of the Suns’ younger players, a steadying veteran presence any team would appreciate.

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Dan Majerle, now a part of the Phoenix coaching staff, is helping the Suns warm up. You’d have to figure the sharp-shooting Majerle could still average 8 to 10 points per game somewhere in this league. He looks as fit as ever.

The locker rooms open at 6 p.m. Back with more updates then.

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