If this series is over, why are they still playing?
Considering the Lakers simply won two home games and the Suns haven't even had a chance to play in Phoenix yet, the West finals have the look and feel of a foregone conclusion. Maybe it's the glaring mismatches on the court. Maybe it's Kobe's dominance. Maybe it's the exasperation in the Suns' postgame comments. Whatever the case, this sure seems similar to the Magic-Hawks series in the last round after Orlando won the first two at home. And we all know how that turned out. Game 3: Lakers at Suns, 8:30 p.m.
Did any of the Suns have a growth spurt?
Unless Amar'e Stoudemire, Channing Frye and Louis Amundson sprouted to 7 feet in the last few days, the Suns won't match up any better with the Lakers than they did in Games 1 and 2. Even with Andrew Bynum hobbled by a bad knee, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are dominating down low. Odom has 30 rebounds in two games. (How lucky can the guy get?) Phoenix has to rely on its transition game, 3-point shooting and home crowd to compensate for its inadequacies in the size department. Game 3: Lakers at Suns, 8:30 p.m.
Will the Suns' stars raise their games?
In the second half of the season, Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire were the most unstoppable tandem in the NBA. With Nash shooting and dishing, and Amar'e dunking and dominating, the Suns had the West's best record after the All-Star break. In this series, however, both have been average. Nash isn't scoring. Stoudemire isn't rebounding. Neither is playing any defense. For Phoenix to climb back in this series, they need to have the same impact that Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are having for the Lakers. Game 3: Lakers at Suns, 8:30 p.m.
How many points will Kobe score?
Defending Kobe Bryant isn't any fun this time of year, and the Suns are having a particularly miserable time. After he scored 40 on them in Game 1, they tried double-teaming him and he delivered 13 assists in Game 2. Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he may decide to let Kobe score 80 and try to shut down the rest of the Lakers. He was probably joking. And the tactic probably wouldn't work. But it sure would be fun to watch. Game 3: Lakers at Suns, 8:30 p.m.
Did Channing Frye leave his shot in Phoenix?
If there's been a dud for Phoenix in this series, it's Frye. An offseason pickup who turned into a key role player, Frye was a revelation as a 3-point shooting big man who opened up the court and fit in perfectly with Phoenix's system. Last week in L.A., however, he missed 12 of 13 shots, including eight of nine behind the arc in two games. He's been a much more accurate shooter at home, so there's hope he'll find the range. But he also needs to play tougher defense on the other end or it won't matter how many shots he makes. Game 3: Lakers at Suns, 8:30 p.m.