Entries from April 2010

Suns vs. Spurs — Season series in review

April 30th, 2010 · 23 Comments

It wouldn’t be the Western Conference playoffs if the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs didn’t find a way to collide on the hardwood. But this year it seemed far-fetched that the epic rivalry would continue, as the Mavericks were riding high into the playoffs and the Spurs were average all season long. But as […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · San Antonio Spurs

Suns finish off Blazers with defense, Spurs up next

April 30th, 2010 · 15 Comments

The Phoenix Suns all year have claimed they could win with both offense and defense, playing both fast and slow, and they did just that during their 28-7 finishing kick. But could they do it in the playoffs when the defenses tightened and games slowed to a crawl? If Thursday night’s series-clinching Game 6 victory […]

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Tags: Defense · Goran Dragic · Grant Hill · Jared Dudley · Jason Richardson · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Playoffs · Portland Trail Blazers · San Antonio Spurs

Win ‘without’ Nash displays Suns’ evolution

April 29th, 2010 · 10 Comments

There was a time not so long ago, earlier this season even, that the Phoenix Suns’ fortunes paralleled the performance of their two-time MVP. If Steve Nash was locked in, the Suns were locked in. If Nash was off, the Suns were off. The momentum of the team essentially lived and died by their offensive […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Portland Trail Blazers · Steve Nash

Game 6 Preview: Suns at Trail Blazers

April 29th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Suns 99, Trail Blazers 90 PHOENIX — As we move toward Game 6 of this first-round series between Phoenix and Portland, there are no more surprises. The Blazers have already played their Brandon Roy trump card, and no, Robin Lopez won’t be walking through that door for the Suns. When asked before Game 5 what […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Preview · Playoffs · Portland Trail Blazers

Breaking down Suns-Blazers with advanced stats

April 28th, 2010 · 6 Comments

PHOENIX — Alvin Gentry said before Game 5 that there are no more surprises. The Suns and Blazers essentially are who they are and both teams have a fair understanding of what it will take to shut the other team down. “We’ve shown them everything, they’ve shown us everything,” he said. “It’s just a matter […]

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Tags: Offense · Pace · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Portland Trail Blazers · Rebounding

Suns-Trail Blazers: Across the nation April 27

April 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Playing once again on their own court, the Suns made Game 5 count, thrashing the Trail Blazers to take a 3-2 series lead. The series now heads back to Portland on Thursday, but here’s what they’re saying across the nation after the Suns routed the Trail Blazers Monday night… John Hollinger writes on ESPN’s Daily […]

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