Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (2) Ronnie Price controls the ball against Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams in the second half at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Suns vs Blazers Preview

Last time out, the Blazers lost to the Suns by 25 points.
Don’t expect a repeat.
As the Suns go for a ride to Portland the first time this season, not only are they showing epic slumping abilities (Gortat and Nash excluded) but they are also going to be getting extended wear and tear from Marcin Gortat in the first game of a back-to-back closing in Memphis.
Robin Lopez was suspended for the NBA’s answer to contempt of the court fines, which in this case meant, brushing shoulders with a ref and giving him a Sheedlike “get out of here” look. Sure, Gortat is rolling, but it would be nice to see him rested for a battle with Marc Gasol, who has a case for best center in the West right now.
The Suns will come in facing a team far away from the one they’ve beaten in Phoenix. And far away not in it’s composition, but in a) their rowdy hometown arena b) rest, as the Blazers are not on a wrong end of a back to back this time.
The Suns will have to watch their backs everywhere. On the boards, where Marcus Camby is sure to play ‘lil dominator, on offence where turnovers turn into baskets very, very fast, and finally on defence, where the Blazers can create mismatches everywhere. Expect a lot of Camby-to-Aldridge hi-lo alley oops, too.
The Suns, however must realize that Marcin Gortat (even against a defensive stud such as Camby) might just be their only option at this point. Everyone else (except for Steve Nash ) can’t get shots to fall at an acceptable rate, it’s scary, really.
Expect the Suns to be 6-12 after this one. All I’m gonna say.

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