Over the past week, Grant Hill has been asked to do quite a bit, as he's had to guard Tyreke Evans, Monta Ellis and Joe Johnson. On all three occasions, the 39-year-old Suns forward rose to the occasion and shut down his man.
Things are about to get even tougher. After strong defensive outings, Hill is now tasked with trying to limit Kobe Bryant for two straight games as part of a back-to-back set with the Lakers that begins with a road matchup Friday.
Hill knows exactly what's ahead of him and is open to suggestions on how to limit the Lakers superstar. Until he hears of something better, Hill will stick to what he knows.
"You just compete and make him work on both ends," Hill said. "He's as good as they get. He gets up for the Suns, and he's definitely the ultimate challenge."
That defensive work ethic has made the veteran Hill an asset in Phoenix for reasons other than his obvious experience and leadership. Over his past three games, Hill has held his opponents to a combined ...