Suns face the Warriors in Pivotal Game

 

December 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30, left) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This matchup between dynamic (and probably the two best) backcourts in the NBA as the Suns face the Warriors, will be an important test for Phoenix.

The Suns are on a four-game winning streak and Sunday’s game will be a significant data point when evaluating this Suns squad. Can Phoenix protect their home floor? If the Warriors get on fire and up by 15 or more, do the Suns have the mental toughness to come back?

Matchup(s) to watch:

The backcourts. Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe for Phoenix with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for Golden State. The Slash Brothers (Dragic and Bledsoe) versus the Slash Brothers (Curry and Thompson). Whichever duo that can make more of an impact in the game (probably whoever scores the most points) will have a huge say in who wins the game. Basically, when defending Curry and Thompson, don’t leave them open. Switch on all screens, cause there will be many screens, and close out fast on three-point shooters. Phoenix has to get physical, if either (or hopefully not both) get on fire, the game will be pretty difficult to win.

What the Suns defense should watch out for:

Three-pointers and points in the paint. You can’t let Golden State get hot from behind the line, otherwise the game will be near impossible to win. Also, the Suns can’t afford to let David Lee or Andrew Bogut get too many easy baskets in the paint.

What should the Suns offense focus on:

The Suns’ guards should post-up Curry and Thompson, who are a bit undersized and not defensive-minded, getting them in foul trouble.

Warriors player who could make a surprise impact:

Harrison Barnes could be that player for Golden State who makes the surprise contribution.

Suns player who could have a surprise impact:

Marcus Morris has been playing pretty well as of late and I could easily see this as another good game offensively.

Prediction:

Warriors beat Suns 123-120

 

Topics: Andrew Bogut, Basketball, David Lee, Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Marcus Morris, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Stephen Curry

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