(…Continue P3 ) Hardaway’s return should bolster lineup
SG Penny Hardaway, who played in 15 games and missed one because of a suspension before going to the bench with a foot injury, has made little impact. The Suns got him to give PG Jason Kidd some help and transform a club that has disappeared from the playoffs in the first round into a Western Conference contender. That hasn’t happened. Even when Hardaway was playing, he did not assert himself offensively as he tried to integrate his game with Kidd’s. Without Hardaway, the Suns barely were able to remain among the top teams in the West But he will be back, and he’s a playmaker who can create shots for himself and his teammates. He creates matchup problems for defenses because of his post-up ability. The Suns have missed that.