The Suns have had an indifferent start to the season, but still find themselves 0.5 games ahead of the Lakers in the Pacific Division.
Against the Chicago Bulls, they once again demonstrated their schizophrenic nature, showing moments of brilliance and moments that had their fans in despair.
In what turned out to be heart-breaker, they went down 112-106 in an overtime that produced some frustrating moments. The first half of basketball was a close affair, but in the third quarter the Suns completely capitulated. they managed a miraculous comeback in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Sebastian Telfair impressed as he knocked down some huge three’s, and finished the game off with 17 points. An all too familiar recurrence for the Suns is the disappointing shifts put in by the starters: Jared Dudley and Michael Beasley were almost non-existent as Dudley only managed five points.
Once again it was the performance of Luis Scola that heated up the Suns fans, taking the game to the Bulls before eventually being fouled out the game.
Travelling to LA, the Suns know that a former head coach will be watching with particular interest: Mike D’Antoni has been appointed the new coach of the Lakers but will not be present for the game. Former point guard and fan-favorite Steve Nash will also miss the clash.
Lakers second-string point guard Steve Blake also could be out, meaning that rookie Darius Morris could give confidence to the travelling Suns.
This could be the perfect time for the Suns to face the struggling Lakers; with all the media attention surrounding them at the moment, they might have forgotten they have a game to go out and win – they are a team who have been physically and mentally wounded.
Goran Dragic and Scola have been impressive this season and can definitely take the game to a struggling Lakers defense, especially as Dwight Howard is still not 100% and hasn’t shown Laker fans his true ability in his short stay in LA so far.
The Suns, despite not impressing have shown the ability to never quit, need to out-hustle, out-run, and get a little bit lucky if they are going to beat the Lakers.