Mar 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green (14) reacts after the Suns recorded a turnover against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 113-107. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns travel to Boston to take on Celtics, Bledsoe starting again


Well with Bledsoe back, the Suns still lost at home to the dumpster fire that is Cleveland. I guess as the Suns travel to Boston to take on the Celtics, Bledsoe starting again could turn their fortunes around.

The Suns need every game from here on out. Dallas and Memphis aren’t just going to hand them a playoff berth and any notion of sixth place out West and avoiding OKC or San Antonio is basically gone. Phoenix just needs to buckle down, fix the defense, and win enough to make the playoffs. It gives them a chance, even though it’s a slight one, to upset somebody. Also, it helps solidify Hornacek as coach of the year, McDonough as executive of the year and maybe even a few honors for some players.

It all starts in Boston Friday night.

The Suns have more talent overall than this current Boston team. Usually the Suns outwork their opponent, but with teams like Boston, Chicago and Memphis this ends up not being the case. The Suns Squad better bring the energy, hustle and determination especially hard the rest of March if they want to sniff the playoffs.

Key Matchup:

Eric Bledsoe versus Avery Bradley. Both guards are coming back from injury. The game Friday against Phoenix is actually Bradley’s first game back, while Bledsoe reruns to the starting lineup as the Suns try to shore up the defense and get rid of slow starts to games. Bradley is a defensive specialist, so Bledsoe will have to speed up and get past him.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Get in a rhythm. Dragic needs to get some touches for Frye, Bledsoe, Plumlee and Tucker early so, the defense has to scramble. Gerald Green and the Morris twins need to lead the second unit to increase whatever lead the starters can muster.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

The Celtics aren’t great at putting points on the board. They are 27th in the league in points scored, averaging only 95.4 per game this season. Make Rajon Rondo into a scorer, but not layups. Watch out for Jeff Green. Like his “namesake” Gerald Green, he is also a streaky shooter and could put up 40 points if the Suns aren’t careful.

Prediction:

The Suns get out of their funk and destroy the Celtics 120-102.

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