Entries from May 2010

Breaking down the Phoenix Suns’ zone defense

May 24th, 2010 · 15 Comments

PHOENIX — After being thoroughly dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the Phoenix Suns were scrambling for answers. So badly that Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said he was open for suggestions, even from the media. LA was dominating the paint and scoring at will […]

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

Los Angeles Lakers notes and quotes

May 24th, 2010 · 3 Comments

PHOENIX — Here are a few noteworthy quotes and themes from the Los Angeles Lakers prior to Monday morning’s practice: Phil Jackson on … Shooting so many three-pointers: “There’s a reason why some guys are open and those guys that were open that took some of those shots have to figure out why they’re open, […]

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Playoffs

Suns-Lakers: Across the nation May 24

May 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Phoenix Suns squashed the Los Angeles Lakers’ hopes of a Western Conference Finals sweep with a crucial Game 3 win. Baffling the Lakers with zone defense, the Suns defended their home court and avoided a 3-0 hole. As the Suns try to even the series before heading back to L.A., here’s what they’re saying […]

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

Phoenix Suns practice notes: Nash’s nose, Bynum’s health, Frye’s psyche and more

May 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

PHOENIX — It wouldn’t be a Phoenix Suns playoff series if Steve Nash didn’t suffer a facial injury. This time it’s his nose after Derek Fisher collided with Nash near the end of Game 3, but luckily for the two-time MVP and all of Planet Orange, Suns doctor Ryan Rehl confirmed that his nose is […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Channing Frye · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Playoffs · Steve Nash

Suns use matchup zone, Amare’s signature game to defeat the Lakers in Game 3

May 24th, 2010 · 18 Comments

PHOENIX — After another defenseless first quarter in which the Lakers shredded Phoenix’s defense, the Suns had to do something — anything — to switch up the momentum. So head coach Alvin Gentry dusted off the zone defense that the Suns have used in spots this season to varying degrees of success and despite another […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Defense · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Playoffs

Robin Lopez flashes polished offensive game, shows why his return means so much to Phoenix

May 24th, 2010 · 9 Comments

PHOENIX — One of the jokes around Suns Land throughout the end of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs was that you’re in a heck of a lot of trouble if you’re counting on Robin Lopez to be your savior. Since Lopez’s back injury offered such an ambiguous timetable, his […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Channing Frye · Los Angeles Lakers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis · Playoffs · Robin Lopez