Entries from May 2010

Game 6 preview: Lakers at Suns

May 29th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Western Conference Finals Game 6 @ Lakers 111, Suns 103 PHOENIX — For a team 48 minutes away from cleaning out their lockers for the summer, the Phoenix Suns are a confident bunch. From the Nash Guarantee on down, the Suns’ players and coaches truly believe they will win tonight’s Game 6 and force a […]

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Preview · Playoffs · Steve Nash

Steve Nash’s guarantee resonates with teammates

May 29th, 2010 · 16 Comments

PHOENIX — On one of the many days leading up to the start of the Western Conference Finals, I asked Jared Dudley how he felt about the national media not giving the Suns much of a chance in the series just as reporters hadn’t given Phoenix much of a shot all season. Dudley said something […]

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Steve Nash

Phoenix Suns loose after disheartening loss

May 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

PHOENIX — Hours after a shot that will likely be remembered among the likes of Paxson’s three and Duncan’s dagger, all that needs to be said about the mental state of the Phoenix Suns is that Grant Hill, Goran Dragic and at least one other teammate locked arms and danced a little square dance-style jig […]

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Tags: Alvin Gentry · Amare Stoudemire · Channing Frye · Grant Hill · Jason Richardson · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Phoenix Suns Podcasts · Playoffs

Lakers forcing Nash to score with pick-and-roll switches

May 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

PHOENIX — Much like the San Antonio Spurs did last series, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to switch the pick and roll and force Steve Nash to be a scorer Thursday night. Nash took advantage with his quickness and shooting ability by ripping the nets for 29 points and 11 assists on 12-for-20 shooting, while turning […]

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Tags: Defense · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Steve Nash

The Slovenian rivalry between Goran Dragic and Sasha Vujacic

May 28th, 2010 · 32 Comments

PHOENIX — When fellow countrymen Goran Dragic and Sasha Vujacic went chest to chest and received double technicals with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game, it was clear that there was some bad blood between the two. The technical was the first of Dragic’s career and the way he reacted to […]

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Tags: Goran Dragic · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Playoffs

Heartbreak in LA: Ron Artest’s buzzer beater finishes Phoenix Suns in crushing Game 5 defeat

May 28th, 2010 · 42 Comments

It’s kind of ironic that one of the Suns’ core defensive strategies is to force Ron Artest to shoot the basketball. It worked when Artest hoisted up a pair of bricks with the Lakers up three with a minute left, but with Grant Hill and Steve Nash draped all over Kobe Bryant on his last-second […]

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Tags: Jason Richardson · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Playoffs · Rebounding · Steve Nash