While much of the analysis of the Suns-Lakers Western Conference Finals has centered on whether Phoenix can match up with the Lakers' gargantuan front court, the fans at SB Nation's Suns blog, Bright Side of the Sun, have a slightly different list of keys to the series.
If the Suns do advance, expect Jason Richardson and Robin Lopez to play prominent roles. From Bright Side of the Sun:
- How well will Lopez integrate himself into the Suns flow? Obviously he wouldn't be in there if Gentry and Co. didn't feel he could help out. Reports this weekend had Robin starting, now it's "more than likely" he starts. Nice gamesmanship. Why allow the opponent to plan in advance if you don't have to.
- Can JRich continue his torrid offensive postseason? Can he slow/stop Kobe from going Kobe? If nothing else can Rich at least come up with a zinger to hurt Kobe's feelings?
- Will Amare bring the bully ball to Pau? Can Pau handle the REAL AMARE bully ball?
- How are Phil and Co. planning to stop Steve Nash? Pepper spray his good eye? Nah, you don't stop Steve Nash, forget it.