Scouting report: Suns vs. Mavs

Updated: May 24, 2006, 2:20 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Both of these teams were involved in grueling seven-game series which took its toll on each team, both mentally and physically. It will be interesting to see how quickly each team gets over its last series and on to the Western Conference finals.

This series may take on the look of a YMCA pick-up game. The pace of the game, the high scores, the lack of defense, no true centers on the court for long periods, will make for some interesting basketball.

As we approach the matchups for this series, it is important to understand that there will be a lot of cross matching between the Mavs and Suns. Devin Harris will guard Raja Bell, Steve Nash will guard Jason Terry, Bell could guard anybody, and so on. So watch the matchups, because they will change throughout the game and traditional positions are somewhat irrelevant.


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John Carroll

Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.