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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Game 3 was a nice win for Phoenix, but can they do it again?

    May 24, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    One of the things that made the second round of this year’s playoffs so bizarre was the prevalence of sweeps. It’s incredibly difficult for any NBA team to sweep another regardless of talent, because beating the same opponent four times in a row requires such an incredible level of focus and consistency. It just doesn’t…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Phoenix starters came up big on a rare off-night for the heralded reserves

    May 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    The Suns’ reserves have been the heart and soul of Phoenix’s extended playoff run. Goran Dragic, Leandro Barbosa, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, and Louis Amundson have each had their moment in the spotlight, with their collective shooting, energy, savvy, and synergy making all the difference for the Suns in these playoffs. That wasn’t exactly the…

  3. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals made one thing abundantly clear: unless the Suns are able to come up with some truly remarkable performances, the Lakers will win this series. L.A. is so talented and so long that they’ll receive the benefit of the doubt in almost every regard, and barring a transcendent performance…

  5. A scouting sheet on the Phoenix Suns

    May 13, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

    Scouting sheets are one of the best things about pro basketball. Scouts know the game, they place a lot of faith in their own knowledge, and they love putting their thoughts in blunt, easily digestible form. (One of my favorite scouting sheet notes of all time, courtesy of Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less, summed…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 1: Stars for Phoenix are hidden in plain view

    May 4, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire are All-NBA caliber players, and in this series they will perform and be praised. They’re just too talented not to, and their combined 56 points — as well as their respective double-doubles — speaks to their tremendous impact on the Suns’ huge Game 1 victory over the Spurs. On the…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Suns Spurs Game 1: By the way, Steve Nash can score, too. A lot.

    May 4, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Here’s the counterintuitive trick to beating the Phoenix Suns — you want Steve Nash to score. Seriously. The theory is that when Steve Nash is forced to shoot he is less dangerous than when he is feeding Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill dunks. Phil Jackson has used this defense with a lot of success. The…

  8. NBA Playoffs Suns-Blazers game 4: Batum re-injures shoulder, likely out

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Nicholas Batum did what you are supposed to do for the playoffs — play through it. In game two he injured the shoulder he has had surgery on last year, one that cause caused him to miss 45 games this season, but was able to lift it so he was able to play in game…

  9. NBA Playoffs Suns-Blazers Game 3: The Suns are through kidding around

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:27 AM EDT

    In the context of an NBA series, there are always going to be turns that lead to overreactions, except in the instance of a sweep. Phoenix-Portland Game 1 is one such turn. Immediately afterward, the buzzards came a calling. Phoenix was “done.” The matchup advantages seemed evident. LaMarcus Aldridge owned the mid-range, no one could…

  10. Grant Hill is a defensive stopper. I repeat, Grant Hill is a defensive stopper.

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    As Matt Moore mentioned in our recap of Suns-Blazers Part Deux, the most compelling part of the Suns’ adjustments to topple the Blazers was Alvin Gentry’s decision to drape Grant Hill on Andre Miller. Jason Richardson had primary Miller duties for most of Game 1, but obviously wasn’t too successful: ‘Dre dropped 31 points and…

  11. How many different ways can the Spurs own the Suns?

    Feb 28, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    The Suns have won their fair share of regular season games against the Spurs over the past five years. It’s not like they’ve never won against the Spurs. It just feels like it. Jason Richardson missed a wide-open (and I mean WIDE OPEN) breakaway dunk to tie, and Steve Nash randomly passed up on a…

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