Here's the good news regarding this game. The Hornets actually, for the first time, had more then a day off between games. Despite the concerns us fans have regarding team dynamics, the problem could be much simpler. We've had an absolutely grueling schedule this point in terms of turnaround time from game to game. This could be partly responsible for some of the second half collapses we've seen in the past two games. Certain teams whose success is driven by guard play are more equipped to deal with this problem then us.....we go as Big Al goes....and he's been tired.
With two full days off I expect to see a less tired team in the second half which should result in an improved second half fg percentage.
In terms of match ups, this game it should be interesting. The Suns are ill equipped to handle a healthy Big Al in the paint. We're ill equipped to handle the depth of the Suns' guard rotations. Our strategy shouldn't be to collapse in the paint when the Suns get the ball inside to a big. To win this game we have to stop the guards being able to penetrate into the teeth of our defense. In other words make the Morris's and Plumlee beat us.
With Zeller likely being inserted into the starting lineup with the absence of Williams our front court may improve. However Williams hasn't been playing as bad as some seem to think and his shooting and his mid range defense will be missed. What worries me is how the Suns will take advantage of the dreaded Maxiell, Biyombo combo we'll surely see. It actually could be a decent defensive line up as Biyombo isn't nearly as flat-footed as Jefferson when an opposing guard penetrates into the paint. However it could be an offensive train wreck....so it's important for the guards to hit their shots while those two bigs are on the floor together.