So the Suns lost game 2 of the WCF. Josh Howard (with his bad ankle) had a career playoff night. Dirk also played well, as usual.
So what adjustments should Mike D'Antoni make for game 3? Eto siya:
It's obvious that Dirk's post game has improved from last year's playoffs and Marion's defense is not as effective in containing him. And boris has a tough time keeping up with josh howard.
So Coach D should assign the Matrix on Josh Howard and put Diaw on Nowitzki. Shawn on Howard because we need someone to matchup with howard's athleticism and rebounding.
And Diaw on dirk because Boris is a better post defender than shawn, and he's still quicker than nowitzki, so I doubt Nowitzki will be able to put the ball on floor and drive by Diaw with regularity. Dirk's not going to outquick Boris.
Will boris do a good job on Dirk? I don't know. Let's hope so. But Marion is a good matchup against Howard, I believe.
If the matchup works, then at least we can contain one of their two top scorers from game 2. I don't mind letting dirk get his, as long as josh is contained.
Btw, here are some of the blogs and news sources I visit to get the latest on the Suns Mavericks series.
Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune's coverage of the Suns
Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram's coverage of the Mavericks
Yahoo's coverage of the NBA playoffs (for scores and stats)
Dallas Morning News' Mavericks blog
Paul Coro's playoff dish
Mark Cuban's blog
Deadspin's NBA coverage
Jeramie McPeek's Suns blog
One last thing, here's #1 in action: