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Phoenix-Portland: LaMarcus Aldridge Key against Suns

Busta BucketCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 18:    Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers is guarded by Amare Stoudemire #1 and Raja Bell #19 of the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden on March 18, 2008 in Portland, Oregon.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Blazers
15-11

Analysis

Suns
17-8

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Steve Nash continues to defy logic and put up very impressive numbers for the Suns. He's easily one of the best, if not the best, true point guards in the league. He creates amazing opportunities for his teammates and wreaks havoc on opponents. Especially Portland. We almost always have problems with Phoenix. We're 3-15 overall against them over the last five seasons. The running style is the problem and it starts with Nash.

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I can't help but think back to that 52-point effort against Phoenix where Brandon just seemed to catch fire all game long here in Portland. I see him having another huge scoring night, simply because Portland will fall into the tempo of the Suns, running when we shouldn't. Roy usually benefits from that style of play considering fewer double-teams and more opportunities to score.

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Grant Hill and Jared Dudley have been excellent for the Suns this year. Hill provides a veteran presence that can still play in the NBA and Dudley does the dirty work for a team that needs a scrapper. I think these guys are key parts of this team and should win the matchup tonight. Martell needs to keep hitting the three ball and Cunningham can probably get more time in this offensive-oriented game on TNT.

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Until LaMarcus Aldridge truly bests Amar'e Stoudemire in a game, I can't ever realistically pick LA. Amar'e is the opposite of Aldridge in many respects: He's a monster on the block that isn't afraid of contact. It seems like LaMarcus gets pushed further away from the hoop when he plays Stoudemire, and our only hope is that LaMarcus' jumper is hot early and often.

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So Channing Frye went into Phoenix and started off with a bang. He was hitting threes, running, and doing everything that he couldn't do in Portland. He has since cooled off, averaging only 10 and six in December. He's still a threat offensively, but my boy Prz needs some respect. Joel Przybilla has been tremendous lately and the all-around work he'll put in tonight will better the former Blazer. I'd love to see Portland win this game, but currently, the matchup scares me. Hopefully my reverse psychology works!

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