March 10, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez (15) shoots the ball against Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi (right) during the fourth quarter at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Suns at Grizzlies: A May-Lose Must-Win


The Suns are on a pretty big roll of late, and they will be meeting a team they have already won their season series against this season. The problem? The Memphis Grizzlies have been on quite a roll themselves of late, and as Tom Leander reported, have called this week “Revenge Week” — a week where they face teams they haven’t defeated yet, ready to defeat them. And these are not just empty words — They have beaten the Heat, Thunder and Mavericks in the previous week,  as a weapon they didn’t have in the last two meetings is now back with them. Playoff hero Zach Randolph has returned to their squad, and has been doing major damage off the bench, recreating a beastly front line with Marc Gasol.

The Suns won the last two games thanks to great effort and a stroke of Robin Lopez related luck, this must be remembered. The Suns might catch another break, however, thanks to the probable absence of Tony Allen, who is dealing with facial lacerations. Allen, of course is the Grizz’s best man-to-man defender, and has been causing serious irritation to opponent wings. This might be a big advantage with the majority of the Suns scoring of late coming from Shannon Brown and Michael Redd. The Suns will still have to deal with Rudy Gay on the opposing wing, which, without Grant Hill there to defend him (by the way, Grant is set to come back Friday. The Warlocks are amazing), might cause a lot of trouble.

The Suns are undersized, and perhaps undermanned in this battle, but it’s a battle that they can afford to lose. Which doesn’t mean they should.

Playoff Picture:
All quiet on the Western Front. By that, I mean, nobody lost.

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