With Game 1 tomorrow night in Phoenix, the Suns are gearing up for what will certainly be a hard-fought series from start to finish. As the fourth playoff meeting between the teams in the last six seasons looms, here’s what they’re saying across the nation…
- Robby Lim at Project Spurs says DeJuan Blair’s scrappy play even in limited minutes and Antonio McDyess’ defensive abilities helped the Spurs get past the Mavericks and will be key against the Suns.
- The Arizona Republic‘s Paul Coro reports that Robin Lopez is a “maybe” for Game 1, but it seems unlikely, as the Suns have been very careful not to rush him back.
- We at Valley of the Suns certainly aren’t the only ones saying that this year’s Suns team is “different.” Tim of Pounding the Rock backs this up, arguing that, “This is going to be the best Suns team that San Antonio has ever faced in the postseason. And they will be highly motivated by their playoff history against us. There are definitely reasons for Spurs fans to be confident, but victory in this series is far from a foregone conclusion.”
- Among other things, Seth Pollack of Bright Side of the Sun wonders if Jason Richardson and the Suns can be as effective with fewer opportunities to shoot three-pointers.
- At the TrueHoop mother ship blog, Henry Abbott proclaims that the defensive switch of Grant Hill to Andre Miller was what changed the series all together: “Although Miller showed flickers of life in Game 5, from the moment of that coaching switch, the series was lopsided in favor of the Suns.”
- Stefan Swiat of Suns.com contemplates a Spurs-Suns series curse.
- Greg Esposito of Fanster.com lists some unconventional reasons to explain why this Suns-Spurs meeting will be different.