Jan. 8, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) runs the ball on the baseline against the Milwaukee Bucks forward Jon Leuer (30) during the second half at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Bucks 109-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Suns vs Bucks Game Preview: Once More, With Feeling

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The Suns meet once again, in quite different circumstances. This time, it’s the Suns that are coming to the Bucks at the wrong end of a back-to-back. One constant, however, remains: No Andrew Bogut, again.

I cannot tell you how frustrating the lack of Bogut is for me. I trusted him to be healthy when I first picked him up in fantasy B-Ball, along with Zach Randolph. And here I am now, bummed out because I have Tyson Chandler as the only viable center on my fantasy team. So, here are the Bucks, as streaky as they come battling the almost-as-streaky Suns who destroyed them in their last meeting. The Suns shouldn’t be overly tired, well maybe with the exception of Marcin Gortat, who played 35 minutes in Atlanta. He’s not happy about his performance there, though, so we are sure to see him try and kill the rather smallish Bucks squad.

This Gooden-Gortat matchup might be the key for the Suns, too. Gooden is a solid enough scorer, but he’s also a starting center that averages a *cough* whopping *cough* 4 defensive rebounds per game. Since their last meeting, Gortat started being more aggressive on the offensive boards, which will be sure to give this entire Bucks team some solid trouble down low.

The Bucks however, are also a good pick and roll defending team, ranking 9th in the league. This factor might hurt the Suns a lot, as they usually have trouble when they can’t initiate with that play. If Jennings stays on Nash, and whoever is guarding Gortat stays on Gortat, the shot-creating onus will be on Channing Frye, Jared Dudley and Grant Hill. Not exactly the news you want to hear if you’re Suns fans.

However, there’s one more potential shot creator who might want to get more looks then usual. Long-time Buck Michael Redd returns to his former home on a 2 game roll of sorts  — scoring in double figures in the last two games. Can Redd have a beautiful homecoming? I’m betting that even Buck fans hope so. That’s it.

Adam’s Suggestion:
Don’t trust Channing Frye to have another big game. Seriously, spread your offence around.

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