Entries Tagged as 'Playoffs'

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

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