Nov 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) looks up the court in the first half of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Suns at Rockets: Keys to the Game

The Suns are coming off two dreadful games against the Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies and Wednesday’s bout with the Houston Rockets is a gut-check for this Phoenix squad. The Rockets are depressed following a Monday loss to those same Jazz, who are feeling pretty good after knocking off two teams who were above .500 at the time.

One stat I heard on Twitter from Phoenix Suns writer Matt Peterson will be a key for the Suns in this game.  

The Suns need to limit their own turnovers while getting in the passing lanes and disrupting the Rockets’ offensive schemes.

Key Matchup:

James Harden versus Eric Bledsoe/Goran Dragic (whoever guards him). Who can stay in front of him on defense without getting in foul trouble? Also who can get Harden in foul trouble by putting pressure on him, when you’re on offense?

What does the Suns defense need to look out for?

Watch out for penetration and kick-outs. Dwight Howard shrinks the defense into the paint, unleashing the three-point shooters.

What does the Suns offense need to focus on?

Posting up Plumlee, Frye and Markieff Morris to get Howard in foul trouble. If they can get him in foul trouble the kane will be “wide open” for Dragic and Bledsoe to get in the lane.

Injury Update:

Nothing on the Suns squad, but the Rockets will be without Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Omar Asik. This is great for Phoenix.

Prediction:

Suns win over Rockets by a score of 111-107. Bledsoe and Frye both have good games.

 

Tags: Basketball Dwight Howard Eric Bledsoe Goran Dragic James Harden NBA Phoenix Suns

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