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Suns On The Rise: Sweep Spurs, Lakers Up Next

Steve Nash Eye after Tim Duncan elbow

One Eye Wonder
 
 

Suns Sweep Spurs 4-0

Payback. Revenge. Getting Even.
 
The Phoenix Suns finally got rid of the enemy San Antonio Spurs sweeping them 4 games to nada. After Steve Nash caught a sharp elbow to the eye in the 3rd quarter he returned in the 4th to beat the Spurs with one eye. San Antonio fought until the buzzer but just didn’t punch hard enough losing 107-101 to Los Suns. JHTV interviewed Manu Ginobli after the game and he had this to say…
 
Ahhh!

 
Back in March I did a playoff preview and predicted the Suns to win the title. The Suns have been my favorite team since Nash came back from Dallas but I only “hoped” they could win a title, but still doubted they were on that championship level.
 
Every year was the same story with the Spurs putting out the Suns. After missing the playoffs last year everyone was ready to close the book on the Nash era. What I saw in the 2008-09 season was bad coaching (Terry Porter), a player not fitting in (Shaquille O’Neal), and a good team playing catch up with a new and improved coach (Alvin Gentry).
 
After watching the Suns this season I saw the heart, the chemistry, the hunger, and THE DEFENSE. When the trade deadline passed and Amare Stoudemire stayed and went on a rampage for the rest of the season I knew the Suns would be a problem in the playoffs.
 

Los Suns

 
Los Suns
 
When the Phoenix Suns became the Los Suns on Cinco De Mayo to protest the Arizona immigration law they created their own identity. To make a political statement in sports is rare and most teams are financially afraid to take the initiative to express their views. I think the law is racist and unethical, and it was good to see the Suns show they don’t agree with it.
 

Western Conference Finals Prediction – Lakers vs. Suns

 

Kobe Bryant

 

Going into the Conference Finals the Phoenix Suns will be big underdogs against the Los Angeles Lakers (when they put Utah out) but I don’t see the reigning champions advancing. The Lakers are bigger, have home court advantage, and have one of the greatest players in NBA history in Kobe Bryant.
 
The reason the Suns will walk out of the battle victorious is because of heart. Steve Nash is, in my opinion, the best all around point guard ever, and any player on the Suns can step up on any given night. The L.A. Lakers are a great team but not quite that hungry team playing with a sense of urgency that they were last year. This series will definitely be the biggest test of toughness for Los Suns, but a test they can pass.

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  1. Alan
    09. May, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    Dude the Lakers are going to crush the Suns. They got lucky against the Spurs and barely made it past the Blazers. When they play the Lakers who is going to check Kobe? Exactly.

  2. Go Lakers
    09. May, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    That upset will nwver happen!

  3. Jus Hustle
    09. May, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    @Alan luck is winning a game or two.. you call a 4 game sweep luck?! :O

  4. Alan
    10. May, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Okay they swept them but watch LA do the same thing to the Suns. I see you avoided the Kobe question though. How wise of you.

  5. Michael
    10. May, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    lol did you NOT see the great job grant hill did on a speedy Andre Miller and a CRAFTY Manu Ginobili? Grant hill will be guarding kobe, and he will do a fine job. he won’t shut him down, as no one can in the nba, but he will do a good job on him. just watch.

  6. speck
    10. May, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I think it is faulty to assume that the Suns will win the series because they have heart and they are hungry – do the lakers, especially Kobe, look any less hungry or have less heart to you? I don’t see that and I doubt the Lakers will agree…that is very subjective argument.
    NBA is ALL about the match ups. Right now, I see the Lakers with the match up advantage ( and no, I am not discounting Lopez, but don’t expect him to jump in and play at the level he was playing ). There is a reason the Blazers (with Roy) AND the lakers gave Suns problem during the regular season…same reason Charlotte gave Lakers problems during the regular season. Match ups!

  7. Sarah
    10. May, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Wow! From reading these comments it just shows how obnoxiously confident you la laker fans are. After one measly title after years of heartbreak you think you own the nba. This is just not the case and la still has to beat utah to even play the suns. GOOOOO SUNS!!!!!!!!

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