4 in a row.
The Suns are meeting the second best team in the East. And while that sounds strange in reference to the Miami Heat, they probably will seem second to none once the game is over.
These Miami Heat have been dubbed “The Flying Death Machine” by Matt Moore of EyeOnBasketball/Basketballtalk/Hardwood Paroxysm fame. They are at home, coming off a rather easy loss to the Magic (which the Suns will be meeting tomorrow in Orlando), and prepared to kill the Suns.
And the Suns? The Suns are the 9th team in the West, a nicely sounding half-a-game behind the 8th seed Rockets. Ready to roll further, meeting an impossible roadblock. They made a surprising streak during a long home stand, now they are halfway across the country, dealing with jet lag, hotel beds, and Dwyane Wade, LeBron James with a Chris Bosh topping.
This Heat team is young, powerful and will run circles around you, all while playing defence that triggers the fast breaks that are, if anything, a strike of said Flying Death Machine.
Granted, the Heat will be without starting Center, Joel Anthony, having Dexter Pittman (who?) start in his place. This is the only advantage the Suns should get, as Pittman is a rather slow big, especially when compared to the likes of Marcin Gortat. Unless Michael Redd decides to explode off the bench again, in which case I’m going to eat my words and check another advantage off.
Side Note: Marcin Gortat played his first game as a Sun against the Heat last year. Jared Dudley scored 33 points in that game. The Suns still lost. See what I mean?