The Suns are facing off against the Nuggets for the third time this season, for the first time in the friendly confines of the US Airways Center. Positioned for a good run, the Suns must win 2 of their last 3 games, including the Utah Jazz game to ensure a playoff spot. That said, delaying this to the final game against the perhaps-resting Spurs isn’t exactly what the Suns should do. Their destiny is in their own hands, and a win tonight would be a great confidence boost for them.
However, the Suns will, once again, be without Grant Hill in the roster. Apparently, Hill’s knee still shows trouble on lateral movement, and his absence will be particularly painful given the fact that previously injured Nugget leading scorer, Danilo Gallinari is back in action. The Suns will have a hard time guarding the sweet shooting Italian without Hill, who by the way, missed all three meetings with the team from Denver.
Along with Gallinari, the Suns will have to deal with a tremendously deep team that seems to have an answer for every matchup. With quick starting PG Ty Lawson, all-around stud Arron Afflalo, backup PG Andre Miller and x-factors such as All-Rookie Team surefire Kenneth Faried, the Suns will have a tough time matching the Nuggets pace, or intensity. That said, this team doesn’t have all that much experience, and is not impossible to beat. The Suns have an advantage at the point and centre positions, along with some newfound depth. If the bench can keep it close, and the starters utilize their overall talent, the Suns have a shot.
It’s not a must win, but it sure feels like one.