Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Regular Season Game 4: Visiting the Suns

Incidentally the only full NBA game I've seen this season thus far was the Suns losing to the Blazers on opening night.

PG Tony Parker Steve Nash
SG Manu Ginobili Jason Richardson
SF Richard Jefferson Grant Hill
PF DeJuan Blair Hedo Turkoglu
C Tim Duncan Robin Lopez
Bench Gary Neal Goran Dragic

James Anderson Josh Childress

Bobby Simmons Jared Dudley

Antonio McDyess Hakim Warrick

Tiago Splitter Channing Frye

I don't normally consider any bench matchup to be "key" but in this case I think I'll make an exception.  Why?  Well, because Hedo has been downright disappointing (there's a reason they played Rashard Lewis instead of Hedo at 4 in Orlando) and Hakim Warrick has been a huge spark plug off the bench, connecting with a lot of electrifying pick-and-roll plays with Nash.  Ultimately what this game boils down to is containing Steve Nash.  He's the key cog that will keep this team moving, and everything else moves off of him.  Not much else to be said.  I'm holding out on George Hill since I expect Pop to be extra careful with him, especially this early in the season, where we have the time buffer to do so.  For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, George Hill injured his shoulder after an awkward fall due to a flagrant foul from Craig Smith on a layup.

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