Phoenix Suns (23-52) vs. Golden State Warriors (43-32) Preview

Oct. 31, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; NBA official Bennie Adams (47) and Eddie F. Rush (32) separate Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) during the second half at US Airways Center. The Warriors defeated the Suns 87-87. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns and their opponents for Friday’s game are headed in different directions. The Suns have been decent to good for most of their history, while Golden State has pretty much been bad. However, now the Warriors are holding on to the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoffs and the Suns are the worst team in the conference.

The Warriors haven’t made the playoffs since 2007 when they knocked off the number one seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round as an eighth seed. Phoenix hasn’t made the postseason since they went to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, and don’t look like they are making a return anytime soon.

ESPN agrees, saying that Golden State is favored by eight points on the game’s betting line.

The Warriors have no significant injuries, which is good as the season comes to a close and they have to worry about their first round match-up in the playoffs.

The Suns’ injury report only has on it, Channing Frye with his enlarged heart, and Marcin Gortat, who is trying to come back for the last few games of the season after having a broken foot.

Keys to the game: Suns

  • Rebounding is the key if Phoenix wants to even stand a chance in this game. David Lee, Andrew Bogut and most of the Warriors are really good at offensive rebounding. So, if the ball goes up, BOX OUT SOMEONE!
  • The Suns need to run Golden State off the three-point line. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both have deadly accuracy from behind the arc and aren’t afraid to use it against their opponents.

Keys to the game: Warriors

  • With Gortat out, the front court of the Warriors needs to take advantage of their size and pound the ball inside.
  • Phoenix has problems on the defensive end more than the offensive end, so if the Warriors can disrupt the Suns offense enough to get some stops and steals, they will win the game.

X-factor!

Jarrett Jack is the secret weapon for the Warriors. He averages 13.2 points and 5.5 assists per game off the bench and if he gets going, it brings a special spark that is infectious and is usually the catalyst to a Golden State victory.

Match-up to watch:

David Lee versus Markieff Morris. Morris has been berated recently for not rebounding enough with the number of minutes he plays, how big he is and what position he plays. Friday, he is going up against one of the best in David Lee, who is averaging 11.2 boards per game this season. Morris will have his work cut out for him.

Topics: Basketball, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Sports

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