5 Questions: Bulls vs Suns

I had a chance to sit down and have a chat with Phoenix Suns blogger Adam Koscielak from Sun N Gun to talk about the Bulls and the Suns tonight in Chicago. At 4-8 the Suns are trying to rebound and make a playoff run and the Bulls are coming off a devastating loss to the Grizzlies.

Right now the Suns are the twelfth team in the Western Conference. What are the chances they turn it around and make the playoffs?

I honestly don’t know how to answer that. This 4 game funk they’re on is giving me jitters, and a part of me is losing faith, especially with this brutal road trip coming up. In the end however, I still think this team has a potential to be competitive, as long as Alvin Gentry realizes that Channing Frye doesn’t deserve a starting spot, and Grant Hill has joined Derek Fisher in the All-Senile team. I won’t give you a number, but I’ll tell you that if Markieff Morris gets more playing time, and Michael Redd finds his legs, this team should be fine.


Are the Suns even a playoff team or are their days at the top over? Is it rebuilding time in Phoenix or do they have one more run in them?

If they play the way they played against Portland or Milwaukee, they’re a playoff team. If, however they play the way they played against the Cavs, and struggle in crunch time, they’re going to get a lot of balls in the lottery.


 How finished is Steve Nash? He’s up there but never seems to show signs of stoppage. Is he going to retire after this year or does he still have something left?

Not finished at all. He was injured a few times, but he’s still playing amazing basketball. Bar any serious health issues, Nash might have as much as three years left in him. When it comes to retirement, I’m positive that we’ll see him playing in the NBA next season.


Tonight in Chicago the Suns get a rough Bulls team. By that I mean they had skills but they don’t always allocate said talents correctly. Who on the Bulls besides Derrick Rose scares you the most?

The answer here must be Luol Deng. Not only is he a defensive stud, he can play a lot of minutes and create his own shot if the offence is faltering. If he isn’t in the All-Star game this year, I’ll be very disappointed, even though he pained me greatly eliminating the Polish national team in this year’s Eurobasket.


Do the Suns pull it off and hand the Bulls their first loss at home all season? If Derrick Rose sits again does that change your prediction?

If Rose sits, I say yes. The Suns biggest weakness on D is and always has been Nash’s inability to guard quick players, this is what killed the Suns against Cleveland and San Antonio. But, if the Suns don’t have to face off against a great finisher like Rose, Gortat can pick the trash up inside and get some stops off of help D. If Rose does not sit, however, it’s fair to say that the Suns will not be the ones to break this home winning streak.

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