When: 7:00PM AZ Time
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix AZ
Watch: Fox Sports Arizona
Listen: 98.7 FM
It’s a matchup between the very best and the very worst in Phoenix tonight, as the 64-win Golden State Warriors roll into town to face the 22-win Phoenix Suns.
That was yesterday afternoon, before GS added yet another win to their total.
When your favorite team is only... sunuvah... HALF A SEASON BACK OF FIRST PLACE!!? pic.twitter.com/zzP6YnkbS2— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) April 5, 2017
Both teams have 12-game streaks at stake when they face off tonight. The Warriors have WON 12 straight game, while the Suns have LOST just as many in a row.
First of all, we’ve already heard that the Warriors are for some reason not taking the Suns seriously.
Steve Kerr says he will rest Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala Wednesday against Phoenix Suns, the second of a back-to-back.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 5, 2017
This resting of star players is getting ridiculous! Without Kevin Durant (knee), Iggy and Dray, the Suns might actually— oh wait.... there’s still Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Those guys are pretty good. Maybe the Warriors can eek out a win over the Suns anyway.
Just as quick glance on basketball-reference.com, Curry and Klay have made about 48% of their three pointers over the last 10 games. Curry has been superb, with 26 points, 8 assists, nearly 5 rebounds and more than 2 steals on 33 minutes per game over that stretch, while Klay Thompson is just splashing shots all over (41 last night over the Wolves).
Robert Sarver’s biggest fan, Matt Barnes, will likely start in place of Draymond Green, or at least get a bunch of minutes. I wonder if Robert will be there for Barnes to point to and strut and yell at after every make?
The Warriors also have some young guys, including Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark, they will likely play liberally while the Suns trot out the day care posse.
Coach Watson had another of his interesting interviews with Doug and Wolf on Tuesday.
You can check off yet another overstatement, when he boldly stated Marquese Chriss will someday be one of the best to ever play his position. Okayyyyy. I’d just be happy with “the best since Amare on the Suns”, so no one eventually pines for Markieff Morris.
I like Watson though. He's openly talking about the benching of his best players, but saying he understands the management decision and, while he hates it, supports the direction and will do whatever he can to prop up the value of his players so management has the most options at their disposal this summer.
He also said he thinks this is rock bottom for the Suns, and that one day soon they look back and say “Remember when?” He says they are building the culture and hard-working attitude, and now just need the right parts to turn that into wins.
He also says this is a tenuous time for the team. Every day they have to fight off the malaise that would be natural to a losing team like this, and he counts on Bledsoe, Chandler, Knight, Barbosa, Dudley and Price to make sure they don’t get selfish.
And finally, he gave his opinion on the draft: he said whoever they draft has to fit the personality culture of his team and provide skills they are currently lacking - defense, playmaking (from any position, not just PG), toughness, rebounding (for their position), team-first attitude. Sure sounded to me he was describing a Josh Jackson type.
First place within reach?!??!
The Nets have won 6 of 9 games and are now only THREE wins ahead of the Suns for first place in the tank rank with four to play. The Nets dropped 81 points in the first half on the Sixers, and 141 total on their way to any easy win.
Imagine the Nets - who have ZERO incentive to lose games - winning out and dropping to second or even third in the ping pong ball chase!??!?!
The Nets’ last four games are against the Magic, Bulls (twice) and Celtics. The CELTICS! Imagine the Nets somehow beating the Celtics, and in the process hurting the Celtics’ lotto chances. Please make this happen. Please please please please...
The Suns will.... lose to the Warriors.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Suns will get down 20+ at some point in the first 16-18 minutes of game action, then pull to within 5-10 point deficit at some points late third-early fourth, forcing Curry and Thompson back onto the court to seal the comfortable win.
I love the way these games are playing out. Fans always get to watch the Suns crawl back.
And they get to watch the Suns continue their tiniest of dreams to climb one more spot and maybe even earn the most ping pong balls of all...