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Game Of The Night: Suns VS Rockets In Heated Battle For Final Playoff Spot
- Updated: April 13, 2012
You think it’s only about wins in the NBA? You’re right about that! Unless, you’re a stats person. The storylines are endless in this ESPN televised battle between two Western conference teams. Breaking down the storylines, led by Goran Dragic’s return in the limelight vs him old team, Nash going for the assist title and oh yeah, the playoff spot.
The most important part about the game obviously is the playoff seeding. Houston (32-26), currently the seventh seed, are half a game behind the Dallas Mavericks for the sixth seed. As close as they are to increasing their seed, the Rockets only remain two games up behind the Phoenix Suns (30-28), who sit in the 10th place behind Denver and Utah. With a win against the Rockets the Suns would gain an entire game on them but with a win against the Suns, the Rockets would have a chance to overtake the sixth seed, if Dallas loses to Portland.
As for that guy with the long hair, Steve Nash, he trails Celtics’ point guard, Rajon Rondo by .3 assists as they battle it out for the assist title. Rondo leads the league with 11.4 apg, and Nash, second, with 11.1 apg.
Speaking of assists, ever since Kyle Lowry missed time due to a bacterial infection, former Sun, Goran Dragic had been on a tear. Now that Lowry is back the Rockets now have two point guards who can and change the pace in their own style of play.
The Suns who have seen increased play from Shannon Brown and Michael Redd, as well as their backup point guard Sebastian Telfair (all these guys who were basically given to the Suns in different transactions), must win nearly every game and hope for some help if they want to make the playoffs.
The stage is set for these two teams, and the game is televised on ESPN as already mentioned. With tons of storylines between the two teams and several playoff matchups being impacted, this had to be the game of the night. New faces, new places, as well as new faces in old places, this game promises to be an exciting one.
While it is nearly impossible to predict a winner, I might make it the duty to go ahead and do that. Since drama is always fun in sports, I’ll take the Suns to beat the Rockets, and watch the entire Western Conference playoff picture become impacted.