Jan 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) drives the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee (22) and forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Suns at Grizzlies: “We Owe Them”

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Coming off the game-winner by Gerald Green in Minnesota the Suns were looking forward to their rematch with the Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix lost to them by 19 early in the season, then again by eight on January 2nd. The players now have a mentality of “We owe them (a loss)”.

Despite All-Star Marc Gasol being injured, the Grizz are still a formidable team with Mike Conley and Tony Allen as the backcourt and Zach Randolph as the big man down low.

The Suns will really have to work hard to keep the ball moving and get some easy looks.

Key matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Mike Conley. These lefty point guards will go at it in Memphis as the Suns try to keep on the winning track on this road-trip.

Key stat:

The Suns average 19 fastbreak points per game but only had 14 and 30 in the other two games. The second game was a much closer game, signifying the importance of the Suns getting out in transition against Memphis.

What the Suns offense has to focus on:

They have to keep the ball moving and basically just play fundamentally sound basketball. Keep the turnovers low, no crazy passes and stay aggressive.

What the Suns defense has to watch out for:

Make sure Zach Randolph doesn’t set up shop under the basket, camping under the hoop for easy points. In both games, bench players had crazy good games against the Suns. In the first game it was Ed Davis and Jon Lauer and in the second it was Jerryd Bayless. The Suns bench has to make sure their defense is shored up against any unknown player going off against them in this game.

Prediction:

Suns win 98-89 in a tough physical battle, but the Suns three-point shooting will shine through for the victory.

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