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Even if he gets dunked on, having Robin in the game for the Suns will be huge.
Oh, Robin. We love you and your fiery intensity and impatience with the media. If his mood today was any indication, you'd think that he was done for the season, but fortunately that's not the case.
Here's a snap shot of Robin's verbosity after reportedly looking good in a full five-on-five practice:
Question: "It's not the easiest front line to shake the rust off, is it?"
Robin's answer: "No. They're talented."
Listen for yourself: Robin Lopez practice 051210
Robin's first workout on Saturday in San Antonio left observers wondering if he was going to make it back at all, but according to sources he looked much much better today in practice, which Coach Gentry alluded to, as well.
"I think he's gotten better. He continues to improve ... I'll be shocked if he doesn't play, but we'll see what happens in the next four days," Gentry said.
Steve Nash was asked if he worried about the team's flow if Robin is reinserted into the starting lineup as expected, "I'm not worried about the flow, I'm only worried about him -- if he's OK to play and if he's healthy enough to sustain the intensity it's going to take."
The Suns had a full, intense practice today with everyone except Nash participating. His eye looks fine but there's just no reason for him to risk injury in a practice situation at this point. Nash, Amare, JRich and Hill will all get the day off tomorrow while the rest of the younger guys practice again. Friday and/or Saturday should be another hard scrimmage to gear up for Game 1.
Quotes of the Day:
JRich on the atmosphere with this team:
"We are looking at this like a final four. When guys get along off the court and hang out, it brings a lot of camaraderie on the court ... Definitely bring out a lot of memories going back to Michigan State days."
Channing Frye about being the underdogs:
"We just want to stay humble in the fact that everybody counts us out. What do we have to lose? I think it makes us the most dangerous team out there. We're that team that nobody -- no matter what we do -- gives any credit to. I think we like it."
Frye talking about being four wins away from the finals:
"It doesn't even feel like it's the Western Conference Playoffs because I feel like I am more focused on how we can get get better as a team. If you focus on what's going around you, you don't focus on yourself and what you can do for the team.
So for me personally, it's definitely about how can I become better and how can I take advantage of this situation. I love the fact that we are going to the Western Conference Playoffs, but do I dwell on that? Nah, I dwell on this opportunity I've had and having the complete blessing of playing with this team this year."
Dudley on being four wins away from the Finals:
"Feels like it's a long ways and we've got a lot of work to do ... four is a long way from now."
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