Well… this is a good feeling. The Suns look to sweep the season series against their rival Lakers for the first time in quite a while.
The rival Lakers are just terrible. Their record with less than ten games left on the slate is a miserable 24-48. All you need to know is the starting lineup they threw out against Minnesota Friday where they got blown out 143-107. Kendall Marshall, Kent Bazemore, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman. When it’s a toss-up for best player on team between oft-injured Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks, with an honorable mention to Steve Nash, you know you’re not in a good place.
On the bright side, they put up 51 points in a quarter recently. Too bad it doesn’t get them any closer to sniffing the playoffs, getting more ping-pong balls come May, or hand deliver them a coveted free agent. Good thing they do have a top-five pick in a good draft… that is finally theirs.
The Suns on the other hand have a multitude of draft picks, a fantastic roster composed of budding stars, veteran glue guys and young energetic role players. Did I forget to mention the amazing chemistry on the team? Oh yeah and the vast amounts of cap space. That’s helpful too.
Well, enough of a look at the macro picture, let’s take a look at what will happen in this matchup.
Gerald Green versus Nick Young. With Steve Nash and Pau Gasol (and obviously Kobe) sidelined due to injury there isn’t much else to look forward to if you’re a Laker fan. They can hope for a Swaggy P game, where Young has his shot “on” and just totally takes over a game. It’s kind of rare, but it happens. Green is the same way, but older/wiser and therefore more consistent. They both come off the bench and play the same position, so we’ll see who comes out on top.
What the Suns offense needs to focus on:
Pour on the points. The Lakers are second-to-last in points allowed per game, giving up 108.9 on average. Also, this LA squad that will be out on the court Sunday night is young and inexperienced, so put them away early and continue the winning streak. Do this by raining threes in them. Their rotations are poor, just like the Knicks was.
What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:
Run players off the three-point line, don’t turn the ball over much, protect the paint and they’ll be fine. The Lakers are not a good team this year. They have TWICE as many losses as wins. That’s pretty hard to do… wait… not so difficult with that roster (since they have injured and old Bryant, Nash, Gasol).
Suns win and earn their seventh straight by a score of 131-114.