Wayne Winston Warns of…Jared Dudley?
Is Jared Dudley some kind of secret weapon for the Suns to deploy against the Spurs?
Wayne Winston emailed this morning to say the Spurs should “be ready with a good lineup” whenever Jared Dudley is on the floor. The substance of his concerns is fleshed out in his Spurs-Suns preview.
Dudley, as it turns out, was an unsung hero for the Suns against the Blazers. Winston notes that “when Dudley replaced [Grant] Hill with the four other starters the Suns were +35 [against the Blazers].”
Nevertheless, Winston likes the Spurs in six. He also notes, in private correspondence, that the Spurs are likely to beat the winner of the Lakers-Jazz series. He suspects the Suns would lose to either of those teams, were they to somehow outmaneuver the Spurs.
Edit: LJ Ellis points out that the +35 lineup also includes Frye, another bench player. I passed this information along to Winston, who issued a mea culpa and corrected his post. Winston was thinking of Frye as a starter because he plays starter’s minutes.