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

    May 28, 2010, 2:33 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    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…

  4. 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 EST

    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…

  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 v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EST

    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…

  8. 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 EST

    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…

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