Jan 20, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right) drives against Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns take on new-look Cavs


Suns versus Cavaliers

The Suns have kind of come on to the NBA scene with their 24-point blowout of the league-best Pacers Wednesday. Then they had that letdown game, as they lost to the Washington Wizards, committing a bunch of turnovers.

Now the they’re starting a brutal Eastern four-game road trip in the span of only five days, starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They will need to rebound and play decent defense if they want to come out of Cleveland with a victory. The Suns get their first chance to see the new-look Cavs with the addition of former Bulls All-Star Luol Deng.

Key matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Kyrie Irving. This duel of point guards is going to be interesting to see. we know they both can score, but who can get their teammates the most involved, only taking the offense upon themselves when the need arises? Irving averages a couple more points per game than the Dragon, and averages BARELY more assists per game. Irving should make the All-Star team in the East but Dragic probably will get snubbed out West at the point guard position.

What the Suns offense has to focus on:

The Suns guards need to feed Plumlee and get his game going because they will need him to be in the game for rebounding purposes, and it would really help if he could be serviceable on the offensive end as well in the half court set. We’ll see which Suns player(s) just go off tonight.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Rebound. Rebound. Rebound. Basically all the Suns need to do is not let Kyrie Irving or Luol Deng go off offensively and rebound the misses from the rest of the Cavaliers. They need to especially watch out for Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.

Prediction:

Suns win 98-86