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  1. Lakers looking ahead to Celtics, Suns wonder what is next

    May 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  2. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Where do the Suns go from here?

    May 30, 2010, 4:56 AM EDT

    The thing about the Phoenix mythology? The bird does die again. The Phoenix Suns rose from the ashes this year, returning to the playoffs and not only advancing to the Western Conference Finals, but pushing the Lakers in a competitive series despite their numerous mismatches. So the natural question to ask is “What’s next?” The…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Artest, Fisher came up big when they needed to

    May 30, 2010, 12:59 AM EDT

    Coming into this year’s playoffs, a lot of people would have pointed to Ron Artest and Derek Fisher as potential weaknesses for the Lakers. Both players are battle-tested veterans who bring hustle and toughness to the floor every time they play. However, Artest and Fisher are also a step or three slow for their positions…

  4. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Is everything else for the Suns gravy?

    May 29, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    The Suns take the floor tonight for Game 6 versus the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers an underdog. They are considered out-sized, out-talented, and outmatched. But the Suns have shown resiliency in this series, coming back from a dour 0-2 deficit to even the series, then pushing the Lakers to the very wire. The Lakers…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: Phoenix may have lost, but Steve Nash was absolutely bananas

    May 28, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    The Suns were right there. They were within striking distance, with plenty left in the tank, and thanks to a miracle three by Jason Richardson, had a real shot at forcing overtime and taking the decisive Game 5. It just wasn’t meant to be. Ron Artest’s put-back crushed those hopes with a few bounces on…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Teams for the Finals may not be set, but the schedule is

    May 26, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Now that the Lakers-Suns series is guaranteed to go beyond five games, the schedule for the NBA Finals is confirmed. With the hope of avoiding a significant layoff in between the Conference Finals and the Finals, all general NBA fans should become Suns fans in the short-term. At least until they win one more game…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: A peek inside the Phoenix locker room

    May 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns are quite possibly too likable. Whether in victory or defeat, the personalities are just too magnetic to draw any real ire. Even if you’re turned off by Amar’e’s (over)confidence, how could that negative possibly balance out the good vibrations coming from the rest of the roster? If you think otherwise, watch this…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Channing Frye gives advice to basketball scribes

    May 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Of all the words spent discussing, analyzing, explaining, and picking apart Lakers-Suns, a good number of them have concerned Channing Frye. The Suns’ bench on the whole has had their moments, but Frye is the one reserve that has yet to really contribute with his most valuable skill: shooting. Channing has made just one of…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Guess which Laker started talking about the NBA Finals already? Go on, guess.

    May 23, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    If you guessed Andrew Bynum, you’re a winner! On the one hand, Bynum’s completely right to start talking about a Lakers-Celtics Finals. The Lakers easily dispatched the Suns in Games 1 and 2, and the Celtics have taken the Magic out the back door and thrown them in the gutter. So stating the obvious, that…

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

    May 20, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 20, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: The Lakers will have no part of Arizona immigration politics

    May 16, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Those Lakers, always the marketing machine. The Suns last month made a public stand against the Arizona immigration law that has pretty much everyone up in arms one way or another. Following up their public statements of protest, the Suns wore their “Los Suns” jerseys against the Spurs for Game 3 of their playoff series.…

  16. Steve Nash is less than heartbroken at Phil Jackson's disapproval

    May 15, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Earlier, Phil Jackson decided to go ahead and get his shots in at Steve Nash, talking about arguably the best point guard in the league as if he were simply skirting the rules by carrying the ball consistently. Because, you know, whatever advantage you can get, you should get when you only have the best…

  17. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: It's in the league's best interest to reel Phil Jackson in

    May 15, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It seems like a fun little sideshow, doesn’t it? The grizzled veteran coach, waxing basketball philosophic and occasionally using his razor-sharp wit to jab at other players and the officials. A basketball legend using the media to gain as much leverage over the calls as he can get. It’s a charming story. And it’s got…

  18. 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…

  19. The scheduling powers that be have put the Western Conference Finals in cryostasis

    May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    The NBA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care that you’ve become accustomed to a certain standard of basketball living in the playoffs, and that your week is built around the usual nightly postseason fare. That’s why rather than schedule the Western Conference Finals to start at the tail end of this weak while the…

  20. Robin Lopez will return for Phoenix Suns in Game 1 against Lakers

    May 12, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    Phoenix is going to need a little more size to match up with the Lakers — Louis Amundson, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley have played well and very hard so far, but the Lakers front line presents an entirely new level of challenge. Welcome back Robin Lopez. The big physical, defensive anchor for the Suns…

  21. 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…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Should Nash's performance be immortalized?

    May 10, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    For the majority of the NBA year, injuries are temporary roadblocks. They’re set-backs that while inconvenient or possibly crippling, are mostly considered to be minor negative obstacles. There are overreactions to a foot injury here or a knee injury there, but for the most part they are self-contained, isolated events that create a bit of…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: The deed is done.

    May 10, 2010, 1:15 AM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe if I type that phrase enough times, the basketball gods will tie my precious typing fingers into knots for my blasphemy. In what universe could the Suns…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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