Suns coach Jay Triano said he told Dragan Bender to be more assertive last week following the Devin Booker injury. "We’ve asked him to be more aggressive, both physically and offensively shooting the ball," Triano said. "He’s learning, too. Banging with Julius Randle in Los Angeles, banging with [Nikola) Jokic]. I love the fact he’s outsized but he hasn’t stop battling, which is good." Bender has also spent a lot of time at center recently and has played at least 26 minutes in five straight, averaging 15.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 2.8 triples in that span. It's been a rollercoaster of a season for Bender, but he's a potential breakout candidate after the All-Star break.