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  1. Amar'e Stoudemire's defense remains a problem

    May 20, 2010, 4:44 PM EST

    The Phoenix Suns made the right move when they held onto Amar’e Stoudemire at this year’s trade deadline. Amar’e is absolutely one of the best offensive big men in basketball, and he’s been a crucial part of Phoenix’s run to the Western Conference Finals. However, now that Phoenix has reached the Western Conference Finals, it’s…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Ron Artest still fighting the ghost of Trevor Ariza

    May 20, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    As long as Ron Artest remains a Laker, he will be compared to Trevor Ariza. The circumstances that allowed for the addition of Artest and Ariza’s departure just fit together too conveniently, and considering the similar spaces and roles they’ve occupied within the Laker offense. Artest apparently isn’t too keen on the comparison. From Dave…

  3. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: pick your poison with the Lakers offense

    May 20, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    The versatility of the Lakers offense is proving too much for the Suns — it’s not just inside, it’s outside as well. The Lakers know it and know how to exploit it, while the Suns are searching for answers. And sounding dazed .  

  4. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Kobe Bryant was Steve Nash like

    May 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant was the best passer on the floor during Game 2. Yes, Steve Nash was still on the floor. And he is still Steve Nash. But Kobe was taking pages right out of the Nash playbook all night long — including one third-quarter play where he was dribbling near the top of the key,…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Showcasing the impressive, empowered, and balanced Laker offense

    May 20, 2010, 3:31 AM EST

    After the Lakers’ dominant performance in Game 1, Alvin Gentry wisely noted that “[the Suns] can survive a Kobe game, but [they] can’t survive a Lamar game, and then Pau playing extremely well, and then Jordan Farmar really coming in and having a solid game and then Artest playing the way he is.” He was…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Dazed and confused Suns try to figure out what's next

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 AM EST

    The Suns played straight up man-to-man. They mixed in some zone. They tried to front Pau Gasol in the post. They played behind him. They tried to double team Kobe, both aggressively and once he picked up his dribble. They tried every defensive gimmick in the book — and the Lakers scored 124 points on…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2, halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

    May 19, 2010, 10:18 PM EST

    In Game 2 the Suns offense looks to the eye a little more fluid — the pick and roll is working better (but not great), they got some pretty baskets in transition, they are hitting 50 percent of their threes. They scored a respectable 56 first half points. But they still cannot stop the Lakers…

  8. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Stoudemire will learn rebounding not about luck

    May 19, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    The good Lamar Odom showed up and was a dominating force in game one. He keyed the Lakers first half run from which they never looked back. He finished with 19 points and more key (especially in the second half) 19 rebounds. “I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire told reporters before the Suns practiced…

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