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The Suns' problems Tuesday did not have much to do with the offense but Dragic had admitted frustration about his involvement entering the game and Coach Jeff Hornacek understands it. He said Dragic's off-ball time might be taking a toll on Dragic. Juggling three point guards' minutes, roles and shots has been one of the coach's toughest tasks this season. Arizona Republic

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The biggest headline for the Suns over the last few days has been Hornacek’s controversial rule for technical fouls that states simply, “If you get a T for arguing with an official, you’re benched for the rest of the game.” What seemed like an idle threat at first quickly became reality when Goran Dragic was benched against the Houston Rockets after picking up a technical, and then again when Morris picked up one against the Clippers. Valley of the Suns

Hornacek said he once again addressed the issue with his team, mentioning some slight changes to a rule many criticized as being too harsh for a playoff-hopeful squad. “We talked about it,” he said. “We’ve tried both ways and we’re just going to try to do a better job as a team, as teammates, to corral each other when they start to argue. The guys came up with that. “They have been better, it hasn’t been — you know both Goran and Keef’s technical, it wasn’t constant yelling, it was just a couple of times. So I told them, ‘Hey, if you guys do that, and kind of help each other out there on the court, we’ll kind of look at it and it might be my discretion whether we do it for the rest of the game so we don’t have that necessarily hard rule.’ But I may still sit them for the end of the game if I feel like it and they know that.” Valley of the Suns

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Enter Hornacek, then an assistant coach with the Jazz. Hornacek was one of the NBA's best shooters during his 14-year playing career and he was blunt with Matthews, telling him he wouldn't stick in the league if he didn't develop that part of his game. So Hornacek, now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, made it his personal goal to shape Matthews' shot. The pair became inseparable and worked to refine Matthews' stroke through repetition and diligence. Every day, sometimes twice a day, they would work. Off days. Game days. Practice days. Holidays. It didn't matter. Matthews said a day didn't go by without the two working on shooting drills. Oregonian

Matthews is fueled by competition -- doesn't matter if it's a game of Monopoly or basketball, he wants to win -- and the rounds with Hornacek proved to be a test of endurance and patience. Hornacek once set an NBA record by making eight consecutive threes in a game without a miss, and he never lost his shooting stroke. Matthews found it nearly impossible to defeat his mentor. "I beat him twice," he said, chuckling. "We did it the whole year, every day, and I only beat him twice." Oregonian

November 26, 2014 Updates

Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek has used the three of them together when he's wanted to push the pace. Offensively, that's a lot to handle. The strategy has obvious defensive drawbacks, though, especially when the opponent has a post-up threat on the wing. Finding the proper balance has been tricky. “They're all used to having the ball in their hands quite a bit, and they're still trying to figure it out,” Hornacek said. “And so are we [the coaching staff]. It's not just those three guys — we have Gerald Green at the guard position also. And everyone goes, ‘Ehh, we can just slide him over to the 3 spot,' but then we have P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris.” CBSSports.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

If the proposed reform had been in place last season, the Phoenix Suns (49 wins) would have had a 47 percent chance at a top three pick — almost the same odds as the Jazz actually had. "This is something that will come up again in the near future," Phoenix coach and former Jazz star Jeff Hornacek said. "There are some concerns about this, both ways. I’m not completely sure what the answer is, but I think there needs to be a common ground." Here is why the Jazz — among the smallest of small teams — voted against lottery reform: Around the league, the proposal was seen as one more way for the big market teams to gain an advantage over those in smaller markets. Salt Lake Tribune

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How is your relationship with Jeff Hornacek? Goran Dragic: Very special relationship. We spend a lot of time together. A couple of times he came to our house for lunch. One day he even babysat my son Mateo, which is a bit unusual [laughs]. I was really surprised about that one. We developed a relationship based on friendship. We hang out a lot. When it's time for practice, of course we're professional about our roles as player and coach. But after practice we were friends. Kosarka.si

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"I think that's the biggest takeaway for our team is that these guys competed, coming in here and having a team that was only supposed to win 19 games," Hornacek said. "What we wanted to do is get them to play hard and play together as a team, and then we'll build from there. So we've accomplished that." ESPN.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

March 31, 2014 Updates

For the seventh time this month, the Suns gave up at least 50 points in the paint by allowing 56 to a team averaging 40.8. "I don't know if we had a single guy who came with the energy that they usually have," Hornacek said. "It's too late in the season to talk about lessons because we've had games like this before where they think they're just going to show up and win a game. We're not good enough to do that. These guys have been winning games lately because they've been focused in but tonight they just weren't focused in." Arizona Republic

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