Look, the San Antonio game was a must-win, because, well, every game is a must-win in a tight playoff race. But a game that can be a tie-breaker against a playoff-bound team might be crucial if the Suns start winning in bunches after their three off days.
The Clippers are going to stay home, facing a team that embarrassed them on their home floor without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. In an ironic twist, the Clippers will once again face the Suns without Grant, however Steve Nash will play.
The lack of Grant poses a serious problem, however. Steve Nash has had trouble guarding Chris Paul (and who can blame him) and putting Shannon Brown or Jared Dudley on him seems like an even worse idea. Defensively, the Suns are miles behind the Clippers, however, in this matchup, the Suns have a rare advantage: A competent bench, that has been on fire of late. Even with the subtraction of Shannon Brown from it (which turned out quite ok with his 32 points).The Clippers have a pretty bad bench beyond Mo Williams and Kenyon Martin, and they’ll surely have at least a bit of trouble containing the streaking Bassy Telfair (I really can’t believe I’m typing this up) and the resurgent (again, can’t believe) Robin Lopez. These guys keyed the Suns surge, and they have to be on their game.
Again… Second game of a back-to-back, away game…
Do you believe in miracles?
This time, all they need is execution.