The Suns face the second team in the West after a gritty win in Houston. Mind you, these are the Spurs that dominated the Suns thus far. You really can’t beat Gregg Poppovich at coaching. C’est impossible.
But Alvin Gentry (certainly in a screaming mood after Marcin Gortat lazily allowed Marcus Camby 18 rebounds in one half) and the Suns will try, and while nobody expects them to win with San Antonio in San Antonio, they will hit Tim Duncan and company with their best shot. The problem? You have to stop the Spurs juggernaut offensive efficiency, or outscore them, and in all their recent greatness, the Suns aren’t really capable of that.
A solution of sorts may be crashing the offensive glass, after all the Spurs (with Tim Duncan playing, no less) did give 30 rebounds up to Andrew Bynum. While Marcin Gortat isn’t usually particularly active out there (mostly to avoid fouls, also since he’s usually out setting a pick for someone), it’s time he starts. And with the undersized DeJuan Blair guarding Channing Frye, it would be pretty healthy to relieve him of his three point shooting duties and pressure the Spurs inside a bit.
Whatever the case, the Suns must try hard, the fact that you probably can afford to lose this game, doesn’t mean you should. But they probably will. And you can quote me on that.