J-Rich, doing his best Serge Ibaka impression. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
This is a new feature that I'll be rolling out through the duration of the NBA Playoffs. It's basically a tool for all you die hards that want to follow the NBA while the Thunder are out of contention. I'll throw down some analysis for each game, things to look for, and a prediction. Feel free to use this as an open thread for discussing the night's games, how the playoffs are going in general, or how much you'd love to have Dwight Howard on the Thunder.
8PM Central Daylight Time, Turner Network Television (TNT)
Suns Lead the Series 1-0
After a game that came down to the final minutes, where the Spurs had a late game rally stopped by a big 3 from Jason Richardson, the experienced Spurs look to have their revenge tonight against the Suns. Last time, they had big performances from their 3 stars in Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker, but the rest of their team didn't show up to play. George Hill Bricked 5 threes. Richard Jefferson hardly shot at all. While the same could be said about the Suns and their stars in Stoudemire, Nash, and Richardson, all 3 of the Suns' stars are better scorers than the San Antonio trio. Thus, the Spurs will have to have some legitimate help from someone like George Hill or Richard Jefferson if they expect to win. And I think the Spurs can get that from one of those two, so I'm predicting them to win tonight. The Suns could have a surprise from Frye or Barbosa, but the Spurs are a better defensive team, so I'm not expecting it as much.
Prediction: Spurs 107, Suns 99.
How do you think the games will go? Leave a comment and let us know.
Who's going to win tonight?
The Phoenix Suns (26 votes)
The San Antonio Spurs (31 votes)
57 total votes