December 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns travel to Cleveland to face the Cavs with Bledsoe back

Bledsoe’s back! The dynamic point guard returns from months of rehab to help the Suns make a playoff push out West. It all starts when the Suns travel to Cleveland to face the Cavs.

What will Bledsoe bring as he comes back?

He has that innate toughness on the defensive end and the aggressiveness on the offensive side of the ball to get the Suns over the hump in this next stretch of games. He is another playmaker in the backcourt so the ball doesn’t stop when the opponent traps Dragic and takes the ball out of his hands. With Tucker suspended for a game due to his altercation with Blake Griffin, a spectacular lineup would be Dragic, Bledsoe, Green, Frye and Plumlee. That’s pretty devastating.

Key Matchup:

Kyrie Irving versus Goran Dragic. This electrifying point guard matchup will help determine who comes out victorious. The Cavs are basically a mess with “Uncle Drew” as the only real bright spot for the future. These players will probably cancel each other out, but each player needs to bring their A game so as not to let the other break the game open.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Regardless of whether Bledsoe comes off the bench or starts, the Suns need to get him in the flow of the offense, get him his touches, and a lot of playing time to acclimate himself, because Phoenix will need him playing at an elite level in the coming weeks.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Just stop Kyrie and don’t give up easy baskets. Plumlee needs to continue to get back up to form on the defensive end while really there is just one big problem. The defensive rotations just need to get batter. Having Bledsoe back should help that to a certain extent.


Suns win easily in Bledsoe’s return by a score of 110-98.


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