2010 Playoffs Preview: Blazers vs. Suns

April 18th, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »

As dynamic and powerful as Amare Stoudemire is for these Phoenix Suns, it's the point guard match-up that could determine the outcome of this series. Steve Nash has had another tremendous season, leading the league in assists and being the best quarterback of any team in the league. Basically if Portland can defend Nash and force him to shoot more as opposed to involving his teammates, the Blazers will have a chance to stay in these games. But, if Nash ends up averaging close to 11 assists per game, I can see Phoenix getting out to a commanding 2-0 series lead.
The other X-factor in this match-up will be Andre Miller offensively against Nash. The bigger Miller should be able to post up Nash, and with Roy out, Andre will also take an early alpha dog approach in these games and hopefully get his offense going early. As far as the back-ups go, Bayless will have an opportunity to shine against this team that doesn't defend well. Bayless on the break and attacking the basket could really give him an advantage over Dragic. Unfortunately I think the Suns win here.

With Brandon Roy sidelined for the series, the entire dynamic of this Blazer team changes. With Br ...

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