Phoenix Suns host San Antonio Spurs, Look to Down the Big, Bad Wolf

Feb 18, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) shoots the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Suns won 112-107 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns host San Antonio Spurs

Well, the big, bad Spurs are in town. Despite Tony Parker being sidelined due to injury, Phoenix will have their hands full as the Suns host San Antonio.

Even with a myriad of injuries this season San Antonio has the second-best record in the competitive Western Conference. They’ve already gone 6-2 on their long rodeo-road-trip, and look to get a final victory, nut the Suns have other plans.

Key Matchup:

Manu Ginobili versus Markieff Morris. While they aren’t actually going to guard each other during the game, these are the two most important players on the court. They are the first men off the bench. Ginobili has already won the sixth man of the year award, while Markieff is currently one of the frontrunners for the award this season. Whoever is guarding Ginobili will need to keep him under 20 points for Phoenix to come out victorious.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Ball movement will be key. Keep it moving and easy baskets will just open right up. Dragic needs stay aggressive, driving into the lane and kicking out for open threes. They’ve got to go at Ginobili and Duncan on the offensive end, so they get into foul trouble. The transition game will be crucial.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

The rival Spurs are a well-oiled machine. The home team needs to have an abundance of discipline at their disposal if they are to win the game. Stay down on pump-fakes, don’t gamble too much on defense, going for steals. For goodness sakes, stay out on the three-point shooters.

They’ve got to limit Tim Duncan’s post game as much as possible, but the key is points in the paint. Phoenix can’t allow the like of Duncan and Splitter to get easy dump-offs from dribble penetration.

Prediction:

Suns win 105-99

Topics: Basketball, Manu Ginobili, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

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