After getting peppered on Wednesday night by the Orlando Magic, the 4-1 Phoenix Suns continue their beast-of-an-East-Coast swing with one super toughie and one winnable one. (If, that is, they don't go all 2008-09 Suns.)
First up is tonight's clash with the 6-0 Boston Celtics. This will be the Suns' first look in '09 at the team that has retained much of its nucleus from the 2007-08 NBA Championship-winning squad. In other words, Phoenix will have to deal with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo -- plus new addition Rasheed Wallace. Ouch.
If the Suns find themselves smarting from a loss in Boston, they might be able to break their two-game losing streak when they face the Washington Wizards on Sunday. With a 2-3 record at press time, Washington appears to be an improved club. However, the Suns should be able to win this one. They'll just need to contain former University of Arizona star Gilbert Arenas, who's averaging a stellar 27.6 points per game thus far.
In Suns' news, no word at this writing on whether Leandro Barbosa will be able to go after sitting out the last two with a sore wrist.
Tonight's game in Boston starts at 5:30. Sunday's match-up against the Wizards tips off at 11 a.m. Both games can be seen locally on My45 (cable 9) and heard on KTAR-AM 620. For more info, go to www.nba.com/suns.
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