I was originally going to go to this game, boy am I glad I'm not. I wouldn't want to be in the same city, while this game is going on...because it is going to get ugly.
Jorker was right, we are going to lose this one. We will be lucky if we lose by less than 15, the Grizz are extremely deep, especially at our weak defensive positions. We will get killed, it's as simple as that. The only matchup we win is Payton vs Williams.
Both are guys who like to get out and run, so this should be a fun game to see. Williams will get lost in defending Payton, because of Payton's superior knowledge of the game and game situations. And Payton is under control when he plays, while Williams still plays erratic. Both will get double digits and a good amount of assists, but Payton should be able to force Williams to cause some turnovers and get some easy steals. But with these 2 guys at the point, look for there to be a lot of running and probably some fast breaks. Payton will need to score more than usual, because he will be the only guy able to get points against his defender.
Rush/Miller & Bonzi:
Poor Rush, he is going to get Killed by these 2. He stands no chance of doing much of anything and won't be able to stop these guys. Miller will light us up from downtown and Bonzi will attack from the inside. Rush will get around 14 points and allow 30-35 points.
George/Posey & Battier:
Come on Devean, let's go for 0-20 tonight, you know you can do it...at least he would be able to set some kind of record. George is going to screw this game over for us. He will make bad shots, he will be in the game too long, he will make bad passes, make bad plays, and grab the ball when it's still in the cylinder, and best of all...he won't play ANY defense. HE will let Posey and Battier make him look like he shouldn't even be in the NBA...won't be too hard to do. Our only saving grace for this matchup and game would be if Phil started Russell in George's place and gave Walton the SF minutes off the bench. Let George not play at all, he can sit and observe from the bench, any maybe learn a few thing from a rookie.
Slava/Gasol & Swift:
Pau won't let Slava's shots get anywhere near the rim, is going to be ugly. Pau will dominate, he will score and rebound at will. Making it look like the Slava of last year. Swift will probably get a dunk of the night on us and even make it to Sportcenter's top 10. Pau is much bigger and more talented than Slava, he is going to deny Slava position in the post and make us realize how bad we need the Mailman.
this also will actually be a good matchup, we will lose it, but it will still be a good one. This might be our 2nd easiest matchup, but Wright will expose our need for Shaq and get an easy double double against Jamal, who the best we can hope for from-would be 6 points and 8 or 9 boards.