This pretty much sums up our last meeting with the Suns:
That was a great ball game that saw the Hawks steal the thing at the end. Two weeks ago I was certain that Amare Stoudamire would not be with the Suns by the time this game came around yet the trade deadline has come and gone and he still remains a part of the Suns. That is unfortunate for the Hawks tonight because the Suns are a much better team with him than without him but in the long run it is a lot better than had he been traded to Eastern Conference rivals Cleveland or Miami. As it stands now tonight will be the last time we have to worry about Amare this season.
There was much written before the last meeting about “the Nash rules” that Mike Woodson said his team employs when they play Phoenix or anyone else that is a strong pick and roll team. To my untrained eye that just means more switching on screens and possibly a little more collapsing to the paint for the Hawks. They will have to rotate well defensively tonight as the Suns only shot 2 of 13 from deep against the Hawks last time. Channing Frye in particular was rather ineffective going only 2 for 8 from the field.
The Hawks looked impressive against the Clippers the other night. The Clippers came in undermanned due to injury and trades and the Hawks jumped on them and took control of the game. That is something that I and a lot of others have harped on because we have at times let teams hang around when they shouldn’t have. Al Horford established himself inside scoring a career high 31 points and the Hawks repeatedly attacked the Clippers in the paint due to Marcus Camby no longer being there.
Its always tough to win in Phoenix, its tough to beat Steve Nash ever. A win here could set the Hawks up to have an excellent road trip.