A Tale of Two Cities

I’m pretty sure LA is there somewhere.

There is no love lost between the Suns and Lakers, but what about between the cities they call home?  Let’s take a fun, light-hearted look at how Phoenix and Los Angeles match up for the Western Conference Finals.

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Wildcats Having Huge Impact on Suns Postseason

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As a proud graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University – this is an extraordinarily difficult blog to write. But it can no longer be ignored . . . the Phoenix Suns are headed to the Western Conference Finals largely due to the work of a group of Wildcats. And I’m not talking about some obvious Arizona grads (owner Robert Sarver, GM Steve Kerr, VP/personnel guru David Griffin), the ones I’m talking about are all players.

So as the Suns bask in the glow of their sweep of San Antonio and await their opponent for the WCF, I present my list of Arizona Wildcats that have the Suns in a place few would have expected back in October . . . [Read more...]

The Sweetest Thing

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All across the Valley, Phoenix Suns fans shared the same experience this morning. We woke up, rubbed our eyes and smiled. Yes, it’s true, the Phoenix Suns did vanquish the hated San Antonio Spurs to sweep into the Western Conference Finals. This was a storybook series. It was real world poetry with elements of foreshadowing, revenge, and at last… redemption.

Dudley's Energy Spurs Suns

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Some things are harder to explain than others. For instance, the Suns hang their hats on out-shooting, out-running, and out-assisting the opposition, but they were outdone in all three categories this night.

You could, as they say, look it up. It’s right there in the stat sheet. The shooting percentages were 51 and 42 percent, the fast break tally 13-8, and the assist count was 28-19— all in San Antonio’s favor. So how in the world explain the 110-102 victory that put the Suns up two-nil in the series? [Read more...]

Suns Hold Off Spurs in Game 1

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Now was that SO hard?

Well, as a matter of fact yes. Certainly a lot harder than the final score would indicate. And arguably harder than it should have been for a team with the league’s best offense and most improved defense. (Of course, the flaw in this “argument” is that there is no easy way to beat the Spurs.)

So in spite of building 14 point leads in each half and getting a first-period performance for the ages out of Steve Nash it wasn’t all that surprising that the Suns still had to execute flawlessly at both ends of the court in the last four minutes to finally nail this one down. [Read more...]

Nash Wearing His Game Face

Even during the busy postseason, Suns guard Steve Nash still finds ways to make time for a good cause. [Read more...]

Spurs have never seen Suns like these

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Losing Game 1 on your own home floor can often mean very bad things. Unless, of course, you win two on the other guy’s floor.

That’s exactly the type of obstacle the Suns had to face in their first-round playoff series against Portland. It’s also exactly the type of resolve they displayed in winning Games 3 and 6 on the road.

And it’s something they will likely need to accomplish in their upcoming series against the San Antonio Spurs. [Read more...]

Is There a Spurs Curse to Reverse?

Hill said some of the characters may be the same, but this isn’t the same Suns-Spurs series of the past.
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One of the most interesting aspects of sports is that it provides a stage for beliefs to be tested. The second-round series between the Suns and Spurs sets the backdrop for one of the greatest age-old questions to be pondered: does the supernatural exist in sports? [Read more...]