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Making Phoenix Adjust to Roy

When Brandon Roy checked in to the game on Saturday I'm sure Alvin Gentry was ill prepared to deal with the match up problems that Roy would present and that is part of the reason Aldridge had a great performance. I want to attempt to look at all the ways Brandon Roy could affect the rest of this series.

 

 Once Roy was in the game the Suns had to chose who they would run double teams at, and because they chose to hone in on Roy that left Aldridge plenty of room to go to work with his trademark fade-away Jumpers, hook shots and wide open 18 footers. Now that the Suns have time to prepare for the problems Roy creates for their defense it will be interesting to see if they put Grant Hill on him. If that  happens Portland should be able to get the ball to Miller, get penetration and get to the free throw line.

 Trapping Roy at the foul line extended or out top could also mean easy pickings for Jerryd Bayless. Bayless' ability to get to the basket could become an even bigger asset for Portland than it was in game 4. The other thing to watch is who Nash covers. Whenever possible Phoenix tries to hide Nash defensively. If the Blazers guards can recognize a Nash on Batum mismatch they will probably be able to get some cheap buckets out of it.

 The other option for Phoenix is to take their chances guarding Roy straight up and we all know the end result of that decision. Brandon Roy has a career scoring average of 26.5 ppg against the Suns.

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