Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Western Conference Finals

Fasten your seatbelts because the Western Conference Finals could be a wild ride. A fast tempo game will favor the Suns and if the games are in the 120’s every night Dallas will be in trouble.

Phoenix is one of the hottest teams in the NBA for the second year in a row, they love to run the floor and do it better than anyone. The problem for them is going to be fatigue. Steve Nash was out of gas in game six of the Clippers series and a few days rest allowed him to get his legs back for game seven. That can’t happen against the Mavericks!

Steve Nash is about as fun to watch in the backcourt as anyone and Shawn Marion can jump out of the gym but the inside play of Dirk Nowitzki and Erick Dampier will wear down the Suns over the course of this series and allow Dallas to slow it down to a half-court game at times.

I also give Dallas an edge on the bench as well. Jerry Stackhouse and Keith Van Horn could be huge in this series. The Mavericks will ultimately provide too many obstacles for the Suns to run around.