You must, and I mean must win with a weaker team at home. The Suns have consistently avoided that these last few weeks, but tonight is a must-win more than any other home game.
The Sacramento Kings are mediocre. Sure, they have stretches of brilliance, but they have stretches of utter incompetence. They are inexperienced, sloppy and just plain hilarious. The Suns have to use that, and use it well.
The Suns won the last game in Sacramento quite convincingly. Granted, they later went 0-3 in their following back-to-back-to-back, but it still was a nice sight. The Suns can win it convincingly again, as long as everyone steps up as they did in Sac-to.
The Suns had 4 players in double figures in that game while Steve Nash has 15 dishes. Nash’s ability to penetrate against the Kings has been killing them, along with Jared Dudley’s ability to hit the midrange jumper, and Marcin Gortat’s finishing ability. And yet, the challenge awaits again, especially for Gortat.
Gortat will be facing DeMarcus Cousins again. Cousins scored 26 in their last meeting, mostly courtesy of Gortat’s early foul trouble and Channing Frye and Markieff Morris’ tendency to foul him. Tonight however, Cousins should be the one watching out, as Gortat plays much better when at home in Phoenix, and the Suns are having a lot of rest throughout this homestand (interrupted by a game in Oklahoma City next Tuesday)
Meanwhile, Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (named after another point guard due to a lost bet) has been the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of February. With him added to the weapons that are Marcus Thorton and Tyreke Evans and the rebounder Demarcus Cousins is, the Suns will have to play as hard on defence, as they had the last two games.
Hopefully, all of this can happen, because this game is an absolute must win.