Bismack Biyombo is starting for the Bobcats.
Michael Redd is starting for the Suns.
Guess who’ll have more fun? Not us.
Jared Dudley is injured with a… drumroll… THIGH BRUISE and won’t be playing tonight. These bruises have been causing a lot of trouble. Jared who was playing terrific basketball for the last few games. Oh dear, this is going to be a massacre. Not that the Suns are going to lose, the Bobcats are beyond terrible. It’ll be just terrible to watch. Maybe not as terrible as the Rockets game, but somewhere along the lines of the first Hornets game.
Now, why is Biyombo starting? Probably, at least partially to stop Gortat who has been rolling. I don’t think he had a single game I would call bad ever since that splint came off. Can he though? Perhaps, he’s long and solid in the post, but he’s been facing off against reserves a lot. He also only had 3 opportunities to defend the pick and roll according to MySynergySports so I wouldn’t go out and call him the Gortat stopper just yet. That and the fact he is averaging 5.8 personal fouls per 36 minutes might make it hard to stay on the court against the league leader in field goal percentage.
The other interesting matchup comes at the point, where Steve Nash will meet a young point guard who already has a triple double to his name. Kemba Walker recorded a triple double earlier this season, and he’s sure to cause the Suns fits on the defensive end. Not as many fits as Nash will cause the Bobcats, but surely some.
And now, finally we come to Boris Diaw. Coming back home to Phoenix, Diaw who Silas uses as a point-forward might have a fun night. The only hope is that he’s not guarded by his heir-apparent, Channing Frye, who makes opposing forwards look great with his ineptness. I’d put Hill on him, just because… Well, even a smaller, lighter guy will be better for this team than Frye. Anything, really.
On the other side, Michael Redd is starting. Can we expect him to score a lot? I don’t really know. Redd is really streaky this season, but he definitely benefited from the presence of Nash and Gortat. Whatever happens though, I’m glad Mike Redd is starting an NBA game again. As should all of you be.
One last piece of advice: Unless you’re a Suns or Bobcats blogger, don’t watch this. It’s going to be an eyesore. There are other, more interesting games tonight. Fire up League Pass and let us bloggers bleed for you.