The Suns will continue their search for consistency in the City of Brotherly Love.
I bring that up because following two nice wins now would be the time for the Suns to put up a clunker if they follow their last month’s path.
Phoenix hasn’t won three in a row since pulling the trick Jan. 9-13 to finish off their nine wins in 12 games stretch that preceded a run of eight losses in 12 games.
I expect a fairly brisk pace with the way the Suns have found success pushing the ball of late and since Philly has played faster since Elton Brand went down with his season-ending injury.
The Sixers, who rank 23rd in offensive efficiency but sixth in defensive efficiency, have been starting 6-foot-8 small forward Thaddeus Young at the four with Brand out, so Amare should have an advantage in the post if Porter chooses to exploit that.
Lightning Lou Amundson will likely play his reserve minutes with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after he was never able to get off Philly’s bench the last two years, playing just 26 games total and rarely getting anything more than garbage time. I doubt he would have ever imagined he would be the primary backup to Amare and Shaq at this time last season.
Finally, the Suns have played two solid games since the trade rumors reached a crescendo Friday afternoon, so maybe the trade talk really is serving as a unifier to this basketball team. We’ll have a better idea of that after tonight.
Click here for a Q and A I did with Sixers site DepressedFan.com on Amare trade rumors