Entries from May 2010

Second-chance points, turnovers doom Suns

May 27th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Nothing demoralizes a team more than second-chance points, and the Phoenix Suns learned that the hardest way possible tonight when Ron Artest snared a Kobe Bryant air ball and finished the game winner at the buzzer to hand the Lakers a pivotal 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Suns played perfect defense on […]

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Playoffs · Rebounding · Turnovers

Game 5 preview: Suns at Lakers

May 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Western Conference Finals Game 5 @ Lakers 103, Suns 101 PHOENIX — One game. The Phoenix Suns are well aware that, although easier said than done, they need to steal one game in Los Angeles and protect home court to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993. “We know that. We […]

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

Five keys to the rest of the West Finals

May 27th, 2010 · 10 Comments

So we have a series. Contrary to popular thought entering last weekend, discussing a potential Suns-Magic Finals could end up being more than an avenue to taunt the way the rest of the nation seemingly was already gearing up for Lakers-Celtics. But reading through some local LA articles makes me think this series is something […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Bench · Defense · Grant Hill · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Robin Lopez · Steve Nash · Three-Pointers

Barbosa and Dragic set the tone for Game 4 bench explosion

May 26th, 2010 · 6 Comments

PHOENIX — After an exceptionally played Game 4 by the Phoenix Suns, all of the talk around Planet Orange has focused on the Suns’ zone defense and Channing Frye’s return from the dead. But it wouldn’t be fair to pat the Suns on the back for their Game 4 performance without mentioning the bench backcourt […]

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Tags: Goran Dragic · Leandro Barbosa · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs

Leandro Barbosa’s tribute to his late mother

May 26th, 2010 · 8 Comments

PHOENIX — Long gone are the days of former Phoenix Suns three-point specialist Quentin Richardson pounding his headband with two fists and flashing three fingers to the crowd after knocking down a triple. But during Tuesday night’s Game 4 victory Leandro Barbosa reintroduced the three-point celebration to Planet Orange — only when LB crosses his […]

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Tags: Leandro Barbosa · Phoenix Suns · Playoffs · Three-Pointers

Phoenix Suns practice notes: ‘Stopping Kobe is not an option’

May 26th, 2010 · 10 Comments

PHOENIX — Less than 24 hours after riding 54 bench points to a near-flawless Game 4 victory, the Phoenix Suns held a short practice this morning before taking off to Los Angeles for Game 5. Most of the talk after practice was yet again concerning the Suns’ zone defense and their emphasis on taking away […]

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Tags: Defense · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Playoffs