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The Suns are coming off a heartbreaking loss in San Antonio. Not heart breaking because of them having a shot, or because of half of the team shooting bricks whenever possible. Heart breaking, because every single loss to the Spurs is heartbreaking and unfair. Now the Suns are going to Chi-town and, with that, bringing a few unpleasant memories:
I have no idea why I did that whatsoever. I’ll understand if you’ll refuse to read any more of this post, too.
Either way, this won’t be anywhere near a Finals battle. First off, Derrick Rose is questionable for tonight’s game, which shouldn’t bother the Bulls as long as their sturdy defence holds and they produce that few additional buckets they’d need to win with the Suns. A win that will be hard to come by in the unfriendly confines of the United Center.
I could ramble on all day about Tom Thibodeau being the great defensive coach he is, and the Suns allowing every single over the hill Power Forward they’ve faced so far (Duncan, Jamison) do major damage, which makes me fear Carlos Boozer. The Suns are once again faced with a dilemma: Where do you put Marcin Gortat? Do you put him on Boozer and leave the paint wide open whenever Carlos goes into the midrange area, or do you put Gortat on Noah and let him guard the paint against Chicago penetration, while leaving Channing Frye with the unfavourable matchup on D? A lot of this probably depends on whether Derrick Rose will be playing, but then again, whatever happens, I’m pretty sure that Marcin will end up running all around the floor while Channing Frye watches and smiles awkwardly.
Perhaps it’s time to bring in Markieff Morris earlier, perhaps it’s time to give him a shot at helping Gortat defensively, and helping the Suns offensively at that. Unfortunately, after the Portland blow out, Gentry decided there was no point in making changes to the starting lineup, as Frye slowly regressed to his bricklaying self.
If Rose doesn’t play, this game will be Gentry’s biggest test. Can he use the advantages he has? Can he realize that Marcin Gortat getting touches is an absolute must? Can he bench Frye when he starts struggling? Will he be able to give Grant Hill that same treatment?
The Suns can’t afford to miss open shots in this game, if only because the Bulls defence doesn’t give many of those to their opponents. And as the offence is slowly turning into a two man show, somebody needs to step up. Will it be Morris or Dudley? Hell, for all I care it could be Shannon Brown. As long as someone but Nash and Gortat scores with efficiency, the Suns should be in a position to make the Bulls sweat, as long as Rose isn’t in. If the reigning MVP is in the game, however, prepare for a big loss.