I used the word “revenge” in the headline of my Spurs postgame post, and Thursday night’s home opener against the Hornets would certainly fall into that category as well.
New Orleans swept four games from the Suns last year, and if Phoenix had won just one of those contests (like the 132-130 double overtime heartbreaker on Feb. 6 in Phoenix, for example) the Suns would have been the No. 2 seed playing Dallas in the first round instead of the No. 6 seed drawing the Spurs.
In any case, the marquee matchup will be at point guard once again with Nash matching up against Chris Paul. Last season, Paul torched Nash and the Suns to the tune of 29 points and 11 assists per game while Nash went for 18.8 and 10.8 against New Orleans.
We’ll see if the Robin Lopez factor on pick-and-rolls slows Paul down any after Tony Parker did what he always does against the Suns last night.