Steve Nash is supposed to be past his prime, while George Hill is a rising star for the Spurs. But the 36-year-old Suns point guard shredded his 23-year-old Spurs counterpart in Game 1, driving past him for five early layups en route to 33 points and 10 assists. Hill scored nine points on 2-of-9 shooting and must do a better job of holding his own against the two-time MVP. If not, Tony Parker, who scored 26 off the bench, should get his starting job back. Game 2: Spurs at Suns, 9 p.m.
Does either team go more than three deep?
Steve Nash, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson combined for 83 Phoenix points in Game 1. Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan scored 73 for San Antonio. All six of those players had at least 20 points; no one else reached double figures. Will any role player step up in Game 2? Channing Frye and Grant Hill for the Suns? Or maybe Richard Jefferson and George Hill for the Spurs?Game 2: Spurs at Suns, 9 p.m.
What adjustments will Pop make?
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is a master of tactics, especially over the course of a playoff series. Just ask the Mavericks. He changed a few things, especially on defense, after Dallas beat San Antonio in Game 1 of the first round. The Spurs won the next three games and took the series in six. Expect Pop to come up with some plan to contain Steve Nash and limit Phoenix's transition offense.Game 2: Spurs at Suns, 9 p.m.
Will this Sun be hot or cold?
As Jason Richardson goes, so goes Phoenix. He's averaged 27.8 points in the Suns' five playoff wins, 14.5 in the two losses. His numbers were similar in the regular season, with nearly a seven-point difference between performances in victory and defeat. His streaky 3-point shooting can make or break the Suns. He drained three in Game 1 on the way to 27 points. But when he's cold, Phoenix's offense isn't nearly as dynamic.Game 2: Spurs at Suns, 9 p.m.
Who's the tougher team?
The Suns are known for their finesse attack, but they've taken defense and rebounding more seriously this season. Led by Amar'e Stoudemire (23 points, 13 boards), Phoenix grabbed six more rebounds than San Antonio in Game 1 and scored eight more points in the paint. Tim Duncan (20 points, 10 rebounds) needs to win his individual battle with Stoudemire since each is the only true big man for his team.Game 2: Spurs at Suns, 9 p.m.