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  1. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  2. Robert Horry thinks the NBA has become a soft "quarterback league"

    May 10, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash was bloodied and injured, just another series for him against the San Antonio Spurs. Except this time it was an inadvertent Tim Duncan elbow that left him with an eye almost swollen shut. That brought back memories of Robert Horry. He has gone in the minds of some from being “Big Shot Bob”…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: The incredible, invisible Antonio McDyess

    May 10, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    What’s so remarkable about the playoffs is how quickly things can change for any one team. The Suns, who at one point struggled to keep pace with the injury-riddled Blazers, now look like a dominant playoff team. The nature of playoff match-ups change everything. Players, strategies, and specific styles can expose weaknesses in opponents or…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: With blood in the water, Phoenix will go for the quick kill

    May 9, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker have become a basketball establishment in their eight seasons together. They’ve captured three titles, made it to the postseason in each of those eight seasons, and lost in the first round of the playoffs only once. They also have never, in the time that the three have been…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Pace may have been the red herring

    May 9, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    If both the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are reduced to the most basic tenets of their respective basketball philosophies, it’s easy to paint them as foils. Steve Nash stands as something of an iconoclast in the Church of Popovich; even if Steve’s professionalism, leadership, and continued excellence don’t stray too far at all…

  6. Spurs go "loco," read whatever political statement into that you want

    May 7, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    In the wake of the “Los Suns” controversy –and if you don’t think it was controversial, check out our commenters on the story — the Suns/Spurs series shifts to San Antonio. Another former part of Mexico. Another city with a lot of Mexican influences. Another city with a large Hispanic population. Another city where immigration…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Oh, how Tim Duncan has fallen

    May 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    When all is said and done, Tim Duncan will rightfully go down in history as one of the best — if not the very best — defender the game has ever seen. That’s why Duncan’s suddenly diminished defensive effectiveness in this series has been so startling. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where Tim…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 3: Jefferson's big scoring night was all part of the plan

    May 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    In Game 2, Richard Jefferson scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. For some guys in this league, that’s a walk in the park. For Jefferson this season, it my be closer to a modern miracle. After being touted as one of the keynote acquisitions by any team last off-season, RJ has disappointed time and time…

  9. Amare Stoudemire earning some extra offseason cash

    May 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire is a force of nature, and when Steve Nash is feeding him passes on the pick-and-roll he is an unstoppable one. That combo, that play is the most pure thing in the NBA right now. Now is the time to look like a force of nature, what with Stoudemire able to — and…

  10. Meet cranky Gregg Popovich

    May 6, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Two losses on the road, two games where the Spurs had chances to make a mark and instead watched the Suns do that, watched the Suns make the big plays. It has all left Gregg Popovich a little testy. Get past the cliches of the Suns in this video to get to Pops, he was…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Ignore the shiny superstars, this one's about the reserves

    May 6, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan had 29 points and 10 boards, the Spurs had an effective field goal percentage of 55.1%, and George Hill and Richard Jefferson combined for 32 points (including a 18-10 double-double). It just wasn’t enough. San Antonio made runs and they pressed Phoenix repeatedly, but every lineup the Suns put on the floor had…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Phoenix will again be without Robin Lopez

    May 5, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    According to the Phoenix Suns’ official Twitter feed, Robin Lopez has been ruled out for Game 2 tonight. Not that the Suns really needed him in Game 1, as Tim Duncan was held to a nice, but manageable 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Some of those points came off of freebie transition opportunities, and all-in-all…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Surprise, surprise, pace still matters

    May 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    The Suns aren’t quite the Suns, as they traded in their rocket boots for some decent, reliable New Balance kicks (Matt Bonner approved, coincidentally). That simply means that they run rather than fly, and while their pace isn’t the torrid, unmatchable sprint it used to be, Phoenix still likes to push the pace (97.6 possessions…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: If your heart says Phoenix and your head says San Antonio, the numbers agree with your heart

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In the strictest sense, the San Antonio Spurs’ first round victory over the Dallas Mavericks should be considered a monumental achievement. A 2-7 upset should be praised in the highest regard. A pauper bested a prince! David toppled Goliath! The spunky underdogs with hearts of gold took down the evil billionaire! Only it wasn’t. The…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: And now was acknowledged the presence of the Black and Silver Death

    May 3, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs will meet for the fourth time in six years, and Steve Nash and friends will try their damnedest to avoid their fourth elimination in as many tries by the Black and Silver Death. You see, some will tell you that the Suns are stylistically doomed to falter…

  18. Suns Robin Lopez to sit out Game 1, may return later in series

    May 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:38 pm: Lopez will not play in game one, saying there is too much weakness in his leg, according to Paul Coro. He did practice and has said he hopes to return later in the series. No Lopez is a plus for the Spurs, who will try to slow the game down and pound…

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