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Not necessary to much about this one except to wish everybody in blogville a Merry Christmas, congratulate Jared Dudley on his Comeback Of The Week award, and salute Grant Hill on the Shot Of The Decade (long division).

Dudley, who managed zero points in 30 minutes Wednesday against the Cavaliers, scored 18 in just 24 minutes to celebrate the holiday with a flourish, and Hill banked in a buzzer-beating 53-footer to end the first half.

Other than that, it was pretty much business as usual for the Suns against the Clippers, with Amare Stoudemire scoring 24 points and Jason Richardson adding 18 as the Suns built a lead that stretched to 33 points at its peak.

We won’t know for sure until Monday when the Lakers come calling if the Suns have snapped out of their recent shooting slump or this was just the Clippers being the Clippers, but in any case, they shot 54 percent from the field and hit half of their 24 threes. (Yes, yes. I know the Suns are at Golden State tomorrow night, but like I said, we won’t know for sure until Monday).

One thing we do know for sure is it’s great to have Leandro Barbosa back in action. After he went down with an ankle injury the Suns went into a 4-8 tailspin, and while he wasn’t particularly needed for this one he showed flashes of his old form and seems ready to resume his vital role as the team’s accelerator.

The bottom line: This one showed up at just the right time on a schedule that has done the Suns few favors in the early going.

  • JOHN SERPE

    Well Joe the “easy” part of the schedule didn’t help against the Warriors did it. You just shake your head and wonder what are these Suns thinking about? We just don’t get it, there is no excuse to justify playing like that. We can outscore you theory of play is a cope out. This organization needs to look in the mirror. Believe me the reflection is no longer pretty.

  • JOHN SERPE

    Just read an article on Fox Sports about how idiotic it was for the Colts to pull their starters and throw away a chance to go undefeated. The writer said, you don’t give players an out, their immmature, spoiled, and lazy. Given a chance they will always take the easy road, they have no problem cheating their fans. Our Suns are a perfect case in point. It was to hard playing the way we did to start the season. Took to much energy to defend. After all, what do the players owe us, we just support them, make their salaries possible and live and die with each play. The sad part is there is obviously no one in the Suns organization with the ability to make players accountable. Easier to go in the tank, draft some new blood and start the whole mess over.

  • JOHN SERPE

    I still believe we don’t play to our “Suns” potential Joe, but WE TOOK APART THE LAKERS!!! Ok, I’ll calm down and be honest, Kobe was not 100% and Lakers looked tired. Still, this was the same brand of Suns basketball that started the season. Swarming defense, energy and enough heart to stop any Laker rally. Why can’t we play to this level every game? I’ll even take every other game for that matter. Gentry should use this effort to draw a line in the sand. If our Suns can play like this against the world champs, no half hearted effort should be accepted the rest of the year. To expect anything less would be an insult to the players and us fans.