The Suns have already beaten the Lakers twice this season, a particularly difficult matchup with guards
The Lakers are still down
The Suns blew out the Lakers early in the season (119-99), getting 23 points off the bench from Thomas, who made nine of 11 shots.
Dragic (18 points) and Bledsoe (16) were also problems.
Soon after, the Lakers gave the Suns a more competitive effort, falling 112-106. Thomas had 22 points and nine assists. Dragic managed 16 points while Bledsoe scored six.
Thomas has been the biggest trouble-maker so far, giving the Lakers fits with his quickness.
If he continues to carve up the Lakers' defense on Sunday, it could be another long night for the home team.
The Lakers need
In both games, a Phoenix shooter had a big night. The first was
In the second battle, Gerald Green was hot, making five of his eight three-pointers to finish with 22 points.
The Suns are hard enough to defend, but if they're also converting perimeter shots, the Lakers could be in trouble.
In two games, Bryant has averaged 35 points against Phoenix.
The Suns recovered from a recent slump to win five in a row. Their particular brand of basketball, with quick guards, shooters and athletes make Phoenix a particularly difficult matchup for the Lakers.