Suns versus Lakers is one of the most eagerly awaited playoff matchups in recent times. In fact, not since the 2006 Suns-Spurs series has there been a duel that has been as eagerly anticipated and debated.
The Lakers are the favorites and rightfully so. They represent the prototype of what an ideal NBA team needs to have—a strong and athletic frontline, a defensive-minded system, and an all-world superstar in the backcourt.
With the championship pedigree and the winningest playoff coach of all time, it is not too difficult to comprehend why 90 percent of the prognosticators are picking the Lakers to win this series.
The Suns, on the other hand, have been a refreshing anomaly. They are relatively smaller, have tremendous offensive prowess, and play gritty and opportunistic defense without having a stereotypical ‘big-man.’ At the beginning of the season, most experts picked them to finish in the bottom-half of the western conference.
The Suns were quietly one of the best teams in the NBA since the all-star break, and they have shaken the world with a virtuoso performance thus far in the post-season. So much so, that the Suns are now the favorite second-team for every NBA fan in the country.
I am a hard-core Suns fan, and am projecting a 4-2 series win for Phoenix. While my bias undoubtedly plays a part in this prediction, I do think that my prediction for the Suns is defensible.
As a counter-point to all of the Suns detractors, here are 10 crucial must-dos that will enable the Suns to shock the world and beat the Lakers.