TV: Sun Sports Radio: 580 WDBO Phoenix Suns (4-0) PG Steve Nash SG Jason Richardson SF Grant Hill PF Amare Stoudemire C Channing Frye Top story: Along with Boston and Denver, Phoenix is one of the remaining three unbeaten teams in the NBA. The Suns are back to playing the style that defined them throughout the early part of this decade – running, pushing the tempo, shooting 3s and shooting early in the shot clock if it’s a good look. The Suns have scored in the 100s in all four games. One thing’s for sure: tonight’s game will be entertaining. Who you’re watching: Steve Nash is averaging 20.7 points and 14 assists over the last three games, and with the way Will Bynum and Rodney Stucky went off against Orlando on Tuesday night, it could be another big night for the Canadian. Grant Hill is always a fun guest to have in town, and apparently Channing Frye is a 3-point specialist now. Why they’ll win: Even without LeAndro Barbosa, who’s nursing an injured ankle, the Suns have the ability to score in bunches. With the way Orlando’s offense struggled on Tuesday night – and I’m giving more blame to Orlando’s offense than credit to Detroit’s defense – the Suns can score enough points and garner enough fourth-quarter stops to win one on the road. That’s the plan for success, according to Valley of the Suns:
The Suns know they don’t have to be a great defensive team to be a good team. What the Suns do know is that they have to be able to get critical stops when they need them most to be a good team.
Orlando Magic (3-1) PG Jameer Nelson SG JJ Redick SF Vince Carter PF Ryan Anderson C Dwight Howard Top story: After winning 11 consecutive games including the preseason, this Magic team finally felt the sting of a loss Tuesday night. The Magic saw everything go wrong in the loss to Detroit, and surely they’re happy to be able to play again less than 24 hours later. Vince Carter is iffy again with his ankle injury, but he’s expected to play, unlike Mickael Pietrus, whois still out with flu-like symptoms. As always, take that information with a grain of salt, because there have been last-minute changes before each of the last two games. Who you’re watching: I have a feeling Dwight Howard is going to, ahem, mess somebody up tonight. He struggled through foul trouble Tuesday night on his way to 8 points and 5 rebounds – I could see him posting one of his patented 25-20-5 games tonight. Why they’ll win: The Magic are angry and due for a good shooting night after hitting just 28 percent of their 3s on Tuesday night. In general, the Magic follow up poor shooting nights with good ones – and you can bet they’ll be extra-focused tonight to avoid a losing streak.