The good news: Grant Hill is expected to be back, which probably means some problems for Chris Paul, who he’s usually guarding against the Clippers. Granted, this is yet to be confirmed, but it’s still nice to know.
The bad news: Clippers are hot, and the Suns are meh. The better news: the Clippers are on a traveling back-to-back which means they’ll probably be a bit more tired than the Suns who have been staying at home these past few days. So essentially, tonight is the night the Suns might lose the season. Granted, it won’t be that if the other teams fail in an appropriate manner, but how many times must the Suns rely on other teams to fail? The fact of the matter is, that given the upcoming schedule, if the Suns win all four remaining games, they’re in, no matter what happens next.
The Suns bench failed the team last night, along with a putrid performance from Marcin Gortat who just kept on missing easy shots for some reason, and against a subpar (to say the least) Clippers bench, the Suns will have to wake up and realize that they can win the game right in that bench battle, while destroying them on the pick and roll. It would be good to give Gortat some confidence by going to him early, since I’m sure he’ll be motivated to redeem himself for his Oklahoma City nightmare.
The Suns are on Life Support, and the only way they pull themselves out is if they win tonight. Sure, they won’t die, if they don’t, but I’m pretty sure the doctors will be giving them sedatives to make it easier if they do lose.