Phoenix is a mess.
The Suns rank 28th in offensive efficiency and 23rd in defensive efficiency. They feature exactly zero “top-50″ players, and no one can figure out what direction they’re heading in.
Other than that, things are great!
The talent level isn’t a complete disaster with Gortat, Scola, Dudley, and Dragic, but it’s not enough to put any fear into the opposition. Michael Beasley has been inserted back into the rotation (for reasons unknown), and that certainly isn’t helping things on either end. If there is one “worry” for Atlanta (other than venue), it is probably up front, as Phoenix now features at least four capable bigs with the addition of Marcus Morris.
Strange things happen but if there was ever a road game to win, this is it.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns
What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #57, Road Game #29)
Where?: US Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)
When?: Friday, March 1, 2013 – 9:00 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Goran Dragic | SG: Jared Dudley | SF: P.J. Tucker | PF: Luis Scola | C: Marcin Gortat
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams (torn right ACL) is out.
Phoenix Suns: Channing Frye (enlarged heart) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (33-23) … Phoenix Suns (20-39)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 4 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Won 5 … Phoenix Suns –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Won 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (15-13) away … Suns are (13-15) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks have been rolling lately, winning four straight overall, along with their last five road games (longest streak of the season) dating back to Feb. 11 against the Dallas Mavericks. Atlanta is averaging 106.4 points, 43.6 rebounds and 27.8 assists per game, while shooting .475 FG% (198-417) during the streak.
Phoenix Suns: Lukewarm. The Suns have won two straight, both overtime victories, but still post a sub par home record at 13-15. They also sit at the depths of the NBA with the fifth-worst overall record.
Season/Past Season Series
Phoenix hosts Atlanta for the only time this year in the first-of-two contests between the clubs. The Suns come to Philips Arena on 3/15 to finish the season series. The teams split two games last year, each winning on the road. The Hawks took the last meeting 101-99 on 2/15/12. Phoenix leads the all-time series 66-48, including a 40-16 home record.
Larry Drew coached Lindsay Hunter as an assistant with the Pistons in 1999-00. Anthony Tolliver, Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson were all teammates with Minnesota the last two seasons. Lester Conner coached Jermaine O’Neal as an assistant with the Pacers in 2007-08. Suns radio broadcaster Tim Kempton played three games for the Hawks in 1995-96.
Information was used from the Hawks and Suns official gamenotes