Monday, April 25, 2005

Suns get 1st One

Amare Stoudemire did not get to make his double digit score. Stoudemire ran into a stout Memphis defense which led him to foul trouble. Stoudemire despite having 10 rebounds was only able to post up 9 points.

Yet logic has it if you double team some one, another person is bound to be open. Another team mate is bound to step up. After all these are all professional basketball players. Steven hunter stepped his game up with 16 points and 5 rebounds in a victory over the Memphis Grizzles114-103 last night. If the Grizzles leave Hunter alone again look for him to have another good outing,

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

No Return for Richardson

by the Associated Press, from ESPN.com
On a night when Los Angeles Lakers fans relived the good old championship years, the Phoenix Suns reminded them just how far gone those days are for the current Lakers.

Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Phoenix hit a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in a 108-97 victory Monday night.

"When we come out and shoot the ball well from outside, we are almost guaranteed a win," Amare Stoudemire said. "Guys like Jim Jackson and Joe are incredible from behind the arc."

Johnson made six 3s, Jackson hit seven to finish with 25 points and Shawn Marion had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who won their league-best 31st road game. Steve Nash added 15 points and 16 assists.

"They know exactly where they want to be in these situations," Lakers guard Chucky Atkins said. "With us, we don't know who's going to have the ball or what play to make. That's the way we've been playing all year."

As a result, the Lakers will miss the playoffs for just the second time since 1976.
The Suns lead idle San Antonio by a full game in their bid to land the Western Conference's top seed.

"I told the guys that we didn't play that well, but we still won, set a record for 3s and we played great defense for five minutes at the end, so there's a lot of positives," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Phoenix set the NBA single-season record with 742 3-pointers. The old mark of 735 was by Dallas in 1995-96. Last Monday, the Suns hit a then-franchise-record 17 3-pointers against the Lakers.

"They just 3-pointed us to death," Lakers coach Frank Hamblen said.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the 15th time in 17 games on a night the franchise honored its 1984-85 NBA title team that included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

Those two -- along with Michael Cooper, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Bryon Scott and others -- were in a room signing memorabilia before the game. Bryant
said he was too intimidated to go in and talk to them.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Defense Wins

In an unlikely scenario were Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire struggled to put up points, the Phoenix Suns still won. The win now gives the Suns the best record in the NBA at 56 -17.

So how did the Suns pull off the 91-78 victory over the hot and rising Houston Rockets, when Stoudemire and Nash shot a combined 6 of 17 shots for a total of 14 points?

A man by the name of Shawn Marion helped push the Suns with 23 buckets and 18 boards. The other Sun to step up was Joe Johnson as he added 19 points of his own.

The other helpful note and probably more of a decided factor was the fact that the Suns defense held the Rockets to just 34% shooting. So with nine games left to play before the playoffs, it is nice to know the Suns can win without Nash and with defense.