When the Suns switched up their starting wing players to Marcus Morris and Gerald Green for Tuesday night’s preseason game it was to adjust for the loss of Goran Dragic to a sprained ankle and to see how Morris would defend defended a player like Kevin Durant.

Durant (held out) and Russell Westbrook (knee) did not play and the Suns’ ugly 88-76 victory at US Airways Center turned out to be more of a display for what Green provides at either wing spot.

Point guard Eric Bledsoe was the Suns’ leader in points (15) rebounds (six) and assists (seven) until he took a knee to his left thigh in the third quarter that had him limping after the game and questionable for tonight. Green shared the scoring lead with Bledsoe going from not being in Thursday’s rotation to starting show he is another guard option for a bigger lineup.

Green athletic and 6-feet-8 has been in the unsettled small-forward mix with Morris and P.J. Tucker this month but helped his case by making 3 of 4 3-pointers for 15 points in 19 minutes.

“Just because I didn’t shoot the ball very well last year doesn’t mean that I can’t shoot” said Green who shot 31 percent from 3-point range last season. “I always keep my routine the same during the off-season which was obviously shooting the ball a lot but primarily this year I focused a lot on my ball-handling. I think that if I elevate my ball-handling I can really take my game to another level.”

The usual backup shooting guard Shannon Brown had a 2-for-9 shooting game and rookie shooting guard Archie Goodwin was continuing to struggle from the perimeter (0 for 11 on 3s this preseason) but he broke out for 11 fourth-quarter points by attacking a tight defender and the basket. It was his second double-digit scoring fourth quarter of the preseason.

“It’s kind of hard to get going when you haven’t played the first two quarters” Goodwin said. “I have to try to continue to get used to that.”

Ish Smith (0 for 5 four assists) manned the backup point-guard position while Kendall Marshall did not play although he might get the same chance tonight at Denver with Bledsoe’s and Dragic’s statuses in question.

Oklahoma City held out Durant Nick Collison and Derek Fisher without injuries. Suns power forward Markieff Morris was ejected in the third quarter on a free-throw rebound when he threw an elbow above the neck at Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka. Morris was scoreless with five rebounds and three fouls and two turnovers in 13 minutes.

That gave Channing Frye his most extended playing time of the preseason. He tallied 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 25 minutes but felt more engaged and aggressive than in any preseason game.

“The first two minutes of the fourth quarter I was like ‘Man how long is this game?’ and I looked over at (coach) Jeff (Hornacek) and he was just chilling and I was like ‘Oh boy I’m going to be in here all night’” Frye said.

Hornacek was most pleased with the Suns’ challenges on Oklahoma City’s 3-point shooting. Opponents had made 40 percent of 3s this season preseason against Phoenix but Oklahoma City went two for 19 on 3s Tuesday.