…should you trust the Hawks.
Don’t trust them to win, don’t trust them to lose, don’t trust them to shoot, or hell, even tie their shoes. Just don’t. And I wouldn’t trust them on a second night of a back-to-back on a rather bleak road trip either.
The Suns won their first meeting with Atlanta, and they seem to have the numbers of former Sun Joe Johnson and company. Weirdly enough, that win was one of the few times when the Suns won despite some struggles from Marcin Gortat. It was one of Steve Nash’s masterpiece games though, and the Suns will have to replicate it if they want this one to be a win.
Once again, the Hawks main threats are Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Josh was absolutely snubbed from participation in the All-Star Game, and while I don’t wish wrong on anyone, I wouldn’t mind if Melo didn’t join Tom Thibodeau’s Eastern Squad due to injury, so that Josh Smith could swoop in and play. Ditto for Luol Deng.
Now, the Suns are on the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, but two pretty important players will be rested due to a gamble by Alvin Gentry who didn’t play Nash and Hill in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This move was clearly designed to turn two unsure games into a loss and a probable win. Will it happen? If Steve Nash can pull another 30-10 game, it probably will.