Marcin Gortat had 25 points against the Warriors when these teams met last week.
The Suns might need even more from him, given how terrible everyone else on the team is pretty streaky. All that while Marcin scored 20+ points 3 games in a row.
Yes, defending the pick and roll will be the biggest problem for the Warriors and something that the Suns will have to continue to exploit. The other thing they’ll have to keep on the strong side will be bench play, after all, the bench woes prompted the Warriors comeback in the last meeting.
One thing the Suns won’t have to worry about, however, is Monta Ellis. Grant Hill is on fire defensively, stopping every scorer (except for Kobe, I suppose) from burning the Suns. Ellis was stifled by Hill’s defence. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for David Lee, who outworked Channing Frye to hell and back, cruising to a comeback win. The Suns might have to risk putting Marcin Gortat in foul trouble by putting him on Lee. They might even have to consider switching Grant Hill onto him and having Jared Dudley guard Monta Ellis. Whatever the case, you can’t let Lee burn you.
This game will be the last Suns game before some much needed extended All-Star game break time. For most of them, either way, as Steve Nash will be playing in the game.
Ekpe Udoh had a career night in Golden State’s last game against the Clippers, scoring 19 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. It might be a Robin Lopezesque one-time escapade, but the Suns should still beware Ekpe, and make sure he doesn’t get hot.
It works for New York, it should work for Phoenix. You have Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat. Marcin Gortat who can finish in way more ways than Tyson Chandler, and Steve Nash who controls the ball much better than Jeremy Lin. Now… Pick and roll the Warriors to hell. And if that doesn’t work, have Gortat pop for mid-range jumpers as he did in the LA games. This combo should score 40-50 points combined, if the Suns want to have a good game.
Oh, and whatever you do… No Alarms and No Collapses… Please.