Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter felt like his message had been heard when he benched Michael Beasley, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Kendall Marshall for all of the second half Wednesday night.

The Morris twins and Marshall were the last to leave the floor after Friday morning’s shootaround, putting in extra work.

“That’s always a plus,” Hunter said. “Obviously, they got some of the message, right?”

But he said he would reserve judgment until Friday night’s game, which quickly turned disastrous against one of the other poorer teams in the league. The Suns gave up more points in a first half than they have against any team this season, and Minnesota scored more points in a half than it had in any game in a 67-39 first half Friday night at US Airways Center.

“Guys were pretty high-spirited in practice,” Hunter said of Thursday’s practice. “I’m not worried one way or the other. Guys who play hard are going to play. We’ll keep pushing the issue and try to get them to get better.”

Hunter held true to that, turning back to Shannon Brown for a second consecutive game and putting in rookie Diante Garrett for more time than Marshall in the first half.