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  1. 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”…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Goran Dragic just happened

    May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    No one saw this coming. Goran Dragic went absolutely nova in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, destroying the vaunted Spurs’ defense in route to a 110-96 win for the Suns in Game 3 Friday night. The Phoenix Suns, with all their tortured history against this team, with…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Grant Hill is moving on for the first time

    May 1, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns, despite what they will tell you, must be feeling a sense of dread. They’ve seen this script so many times, it’s etched into their memory like a bad family movie stuck on repeat. Robert Horry. The hipcheck. The Duncan Three. Parker bloodying Nash’s nose. Michael Finley. Burce Bowen. The hipcheck. The hipcheck.…

  15. NBA Playoffs Suns Blazers Game 6: The clock has run out on Portland's tree of woe

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    No shame here. Portland shouldn’t hang their heads for a minute, not for a second. They fell 99-90 to the Phoenix Suns and were eliminated from the playoffs, but they gave the world the fight no one thought they had in them. Without Greg Oden, without Joel Przybilla, and without a healthy Brandon Roy (or…

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