The Suns are -7 against the Warriors at home tonight, a line that is every bit as ridiculous as the opening game line making the Warriors -6.5 against the Rockets. I liked the Rockets in the first game, and I like the Warriors in this game.
Whatever plays the Warriors had difficulty running against Houston, they will be wide open and available all night against Phoenix. Pick and roll, isolation plays, fast break, you name it, Phoenix will not be able to stop it. This team could quite possibly have the worst defensive lineup in the NBA.
The Warriors did catch a bad break in that Jason Richardson is out, serving a 2 game suspension for his latest DUI. Can you imagine him trying to stay in front of Monta? But his replacement, Leandro Barbosa, isn’t known for his defense either. Add him to Stoudemire, Frye and Nash, and that’s some tasty eatin’s. Grant Hill is the only guy in the starting unit that knows how to D-up.
The question, of course, will be whether the Warriors can get their far superior defensive personnel to gel in this game, and create the point differential necessary for victory. There are rumors that Anthony Randolph is ready to go, and will be back in the starting lineup. That would be a very positive development, since as he showed in the pre-season, he is the perfect piece with which to defend Stoudemire. He created a lot of problems for the Man-Child with his length and quickness. Who the Man-Child now? It helps, of course, that Stoudemire is still way out of shape after a summer of inactivity.
I think the Warriors are a better team than this Suns team, top to bottom. I think they’ll get it together after the sting of that opening game loss. I think we win, straight up.