The Phoenix Suns are set to resume their series with the Portland Trailblazers at the Rose Garden tonight with the series tied 1-1. After a game one upset Sunday night, the Suns were able to shut down Andre Miller Tuesday night and Jason Richardson was on fire. He was eleven for sixteen from the floor and had a game high of twenty-nine points. The Suns are usually at their best when Nash can penetrate and kick the ball out for threes and he was able to do that in Game 2. Steve Nash was efficient with the ball dishing out an impressive sixteen assists and scoring thirteen points. When he has more assists than points in a game, not when he is forced to be a scorer, the Suns are usually a better team. In order to come out on top tonight in Portland, the Suns need to play their up-tempo style of play and need another big game from Richardson or Grant Hill because we all know that Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire will come to play.
Jason Richardson joined KTAR in Phoenix to talk about what the difference was between the way the team played in Game 1 vs. Game 2, how important it is to play their style of game on the road in Portland, and on the team double teaming Andre Miller forcing Rudy Fernandez to bring the ball up.
On the dynamic of the team being different when he plays great:
“Yeah I definitely agree. To go out there and be aggressive and just try to do the things that I normally do and try to bring any type of energy that I can for this team.”
What the difference was between the way the team played in Game 1 vs. Game 2:
“I think in Game 1 we was prepared but we weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t really enforce our will of running and getting up and fast breaking and making the tempo of the game a fast paced game and kind of played their game, a slow bruising game. That is not the way we play. I think in Game 2 we came out from the jump and forced the game to be an up-tempo game.”
How important it is to play their style of game on the road in Portland:
“It is going to be tough. It is definitely going to be a chess match because we are still going to try to enforce our will even if they make baskets or if they miss baskets we are going to run and fastbreak and continue to be the team that we normally be.”
Whether the team feels that Portland can play with them if they play like they want to:
“I think so. We are capable of playing a bruising game but that is not when we are at our best, that is not when the guys are at their best, we are playing and flying around and having fun. If we do have to play a solid game and the shots are not falling, we are more willing to play their style but we will try to grind it out and get a win. But we definitely want to play the up-tempo game because that is when Steve is at his best, Amar’e is at his best, I am at my best, as far as the rest of the team is at their best when we are playing an up-tempo style of basketball.”
On the team double teaming Andre Miller forcing Rudy Fernandez to bring the ball up:
“They are trying to get them out of their offense, make somebody else force it. We know Andre is not only their playmaker but they rely on a lot of scoring from him because Brandon Roy is down. Make sure to get the ball out of his hands making tougher to ask for anybody else to get into their offense and then deny him the ball and make somebody else beat us. It will be a great scheme and it actually worked last night.”
Whether he wants to re-sign with Phoenix after next season:
“Definitely open to it. I definitely love the city here. The fans are very supportive, the team is right behind me and I love the style of basketball. It’s a blessing to be playing on this type of team, this type of organization so I am very up for it. I haven’t heard any talks about that yet, but if that is something that they want to talk me about in the summer, I am definitely willing to hear it.”
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