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More Changes in Store for Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup

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Kevin BonnevilleContributor IIIJanuary 26, 2012

A little more than a week after changing his starting lineup, Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry is thinking about switching things up once again. According to the Arizona Republic, the Suns' starting five could look different for tomorrow night's game in Portland.

The first big change could be placing Channing Frye back into the starting lineup, which would make a lot of sense, considering how poorly both Frye and Markieff Morris have played since the change took place in New York against the Knicks.

Frye hasn't scored double digits in points since Jan. 13 against the New Jersey Nets, when he put 15 points on the scoreboard. Since that time, Frye has scored only 23 points, including going scoreless back on Jan. 15 against the San Antonio Spurs.

The power forward has had all sorts of problems shooting the basketball all season long, but it has been exceptionally bad since he came off the bench. Since the Knicks game, Frye is 4-of-18 from the field and has gone 2-of-10 from three-point range.

Gentry's change has bothered Morris' game as well. Instead of facing reserves like he was in the beginning of the season, the rookie now is facing elite guys on the front line on a nightly basis and it is clear he is not yet up to the task.

In his first game as a starter, Morris only managed a little more than five minutes on the court due to being sick. He only scored three points in that game and has only scored 11 in his last three. Keef has been Frye-like from the field, shooting 4-of-15.

It is clearly the worst stretch of his first season in the league.

Putting Frye back into the starting five might not be the only decision that Gentry makes. Ronnie Price has brought a defensive presence starting at the two guard spot, but he hasn't exactly lit the world on the fire on the offensive end. A Price/Steve Nash backcourt makes the Suns very small as well.

We will find out in the next 24 hours if Gentry changes things up or sticks with the lineup that he has had over the last four games. The results have been mixed as Phoenix is 2-2 but have lost their last two games.

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