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.