Steve Nash recently told his old buddy from Dallas, ESPN's Marc Stein, that he wants to play three more years in the NBA. Nash, as we well know, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and at the ripe young age of 38 thinks that he's got another good run left in him.

It's no small thing for Nash to want to play three more years and certainly leaves the Suns with a pretty big decision to make. Some seem ready to move on from the Nash era, but with no "point guard of the future" waiting in the wings, what's the rush?

Here's my thoughts on the matter.


What do you think? Poll after the jump.

And yes, my pool is very clean now and we'll be swimming soon. Pool party at my house?

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Should the Suns try and sign Steve Nash to a three-year deal?

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For the first time in what seems like forever, the Suns actually made up some ground with their 109-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Suns' primary competition for the final two seeds in the Western Conference playoffs (Denver, Utah, Houston) all had the day off, so Phoenix's victory meant they picked up a half game in the standings. Phoenix (27-26) sits just half a game back of the ninth-placed Utah Jazz (28-26), 1.5 games behind the No. 8 seed Houston Rockets (29-25) and two games behind the No. 7 seed Denver Nuggets (29-24).

Make the jump for a look at the Western Conference standings.

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Standings courtesy on NBA.com.

Games of Interest Tuesday, April 4:

Umm ...

Memphis Grizzlies (5) BEAT Golden State Warriors, 98-94

Video Highlights: Grizzlies 98, Warriors 94; It Wasn't Pretty, It Just Was

Once again, though, O.J. Mayo came up huge off the bench. This is exactly the kind of Mayo we ordered -- please forgive me for that one. He's knocking down jumpers, creating strong offensive sets, not getting out-played on defense... we could use more of this Mayo come playoff time. Same goes for Gilbert Arenaswho dropped 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals (0 turnovers) -- just what we signed up for. And did I mention how big Dante Cunningham was off the bench?

Phoenix is currently 3.5 games behind Memphis, so barring the high-stakes card game I talked about last week, it's probably safe to say the Grizzlies are out of the Suns' reach.

And ... umm ... The Lakers almost lost to the Nets?

Tuesday was a slow night for the Western Conference.

Wednesday looks to be much busier, with all but two teams in the Western Conference taking the floor (Houston and Sacramento have the day off). Keep an eye on Denver @ New Orleans, Golden State @ Minnesota and Memphis @ Dallas.

But the most important game of the night is obviously Phoenix @ Utah. With a victory, the Suns would pick up a full game on the Jazz and would jump them in the standings. Conversely, a loss would put the Suns 1.5 games back of the Jazz and would keep them in the tenth spot.

It's a big game. A win puts the Suns one step closer to the playoffs. A loss would make it that much more difficult (perhaps too much so) for the Suns to secure that No. 8 seed.

Check back later for the game preview, and make sure to drop by the game thread after tip-off to cheer the Sun on with your fellow Bright Siders.

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Perhaps its appropriate to say "DeMarcus Cousins went H.A.M. last night, but one man a victory doesn't make." The big man went for 41, but a balanced effort from the Suns outclassed the Kings. If you missed the game, here are some of the highlights. I guess it's pretty obvious that Steve Nash's back is "as bad as its ever been," right Pete?

NBA CIRCLE - Phoenix Suns Vs Sacramento Kings Highlights April 03, 2012 www.nbacircle.com (via NEWNBACIRCLE)



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The Sacramento Kings might be as dangerous as a 19-win ball club can be. And when DeMarcus Cousins started drop-stepping and spinning off the helpless Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez, it looked like a...

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3 more years?  OK :) Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Lights out for the Sacramento Kings (19-35) ... quite literally. Not two minutes into the game tonight a circuit of the arena lights flickered out and caused a brief stop in play as both coaches were consulted by the officials. The delay did not last more than a few moments but it was a literal foreshadowing of the outcome of this game as the Phoenix Suns (27-26) again sprung above .500 and came out the victors of this battle royal --- - ----.

The Suns came out very strong and focused defensively to at one point take a 17-point lead. But as the time remaining in the game digressed so did the focus of the Suns and the Kings ended the 1st half on a run to bring the lead down just eight points. The momentum for the Kings carried into the third and by the start of the 4th quarter the Kings had stormed back behind 39 points from DeMarcus Cousins, 25 from Isaiah Thomas and 16 from newly acquired Terrence Williams off the bench to take a one-point lead over the Suns after Chuck Hayes sunk two free throws.

But it would be the hot hand of Michael Redd who contributed with 16 of his own timely points off the bench and the will of Steve Nash (18-12) in the 4th quarter that would propel the Suns to regain and extend the lead to 12 at one point as the Suns hold on and turn the lights off on the Kings.

The Suns picked up a half game on the Jazz and the Rockets - that much closer to a playoff spot!

More after the jump!

When all is said and done the Suns just did what they needed to do. They beat a team they were supposed to beat. It was not the prettiest game but it was a good sign as the Suns notch this W in the first game of their road swing.

GAME-STATS

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via suns.com

EUTY-NOTES

  • Very sloppy first quarter - but the Suns are doing a good job taking away Evans' drive - smothered at the rim by Frye and Gortat.
  • DeMarcus Cousins hitting very pretty looking outside shots and muscling his way past Gortat in the paint - very good start for Cousins. He usually has good games against the Suns though ...
  • Very good showing on the boards by the Suns in the first quarter ... but then I look at the stats and they're about even with the Kings ...
  • Giving credit to Scott Williams - he pointed out in the first that Jared Dudley really has become a play-maker this year - I thought with all the offseason talk he would come back with just the dribble drive he talked so much about working on, but really he has improved a little something in every part of his game which has allowed him to create more whether its off a head fake or making moves in the paint. Any stress we can take off of Steve in the play-making department is welcome with open arms and Dudley and Brown are providing that. That's a good sign.
  • Terrence Williams was a great pick-up by the Kings ... he's playing with heart here as things are getting out of hand for the Kings
  • Fredette shooting ... and shooting. Well, Eddie Johnson would be proud - as a shooter you've got to continue to shoot and have a shooting mentality otherwise you will lose confidence, we've seen it happen to Frye MANY times. For whatever reason purple and orange is Jimmer's Kryptonite.
  • Hail to the Kieff! Markieff Morris getting his first burn back after battling a nasty flu-bug that dropped him 13 pounds.
  • Nice little 12-0 run by the Kings in the middle of the 2nd quarter - lack of Suns defensive concentration and lazy offense the culprit. Meanwhile Cousins, Thomas and Evans taking full advantage and gaining some rhythm. What could be a 20+ point lead by the Suns turns out to only be 9 at the half.
  • 3rd Quarter... Disgusting. Total lack of defensive focus and where the Suns were doing so well in somewhat keeping the Kings off the offensive glass - they fail hard in the third and lose the quarter by 7 points and now only lead by 1 point going into the 4th. At least they didn't head to the 4th down, because the Kings are 10-0 this year going into the 4th quarter with a lead.
  • Have to wonder... if the Kings had been shooting a better percentage from the FT-line - this game would be much different. And not in a good way for the Suns.
  • Isaiah Thomas is playing out of his mind tonight. Kings take the lead by one on free throws by Chuck Hayes. Their first lead since it was 10-9 in the 1st.
  • Much better defense starting this 4th quarter from out second Unit - plus Michael Redd taking over offensively! He's ON FIRE. Video-game-mode.
  • Sebastian Telfair not having a very good game at all. You can see it in his body language as of late - he's not all there focus-wise, he's got to right the ship because we need him in this stretch run.
  • Robin Lopez and Channing Frye getting under the skin of Cousins' - they bate him in to committing and offensive foul (should have been a tech) as he demonstratively shoved Channing in the back.
  • Starters return to the court with 6 minutes to go. And Nash goes all bloody murder with a dead-eye 3 to extend the lead to 7 then a 1-footed supernashty leaner to extend it to 9. This is as fired up as I've seen Nash in a while (with intensity) - with good reason too, this is a very frustrating game because the Suns could have easily defeated this Kings team had they maintained their focus from the first quarter.
  • PHEW - the Suns hit 100 before the Kings. 101-91 Suns. Lawler's law will prevail.
  • And that's the game - an all around team effort for the victory, 2-0 we are.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Demarcus Cousins is the oldest young big I've ever seen. Although he's producing and growing, he moves like he's going to collapse. #geritol

— wolf620 (@wolf620) April 4, 2012

Not to mention he obviously studies at the school of Perkins Mean Mug.

FINAL ROLL CALL

And for pride and bragging rights until the next game here's a combined total ROLL CALL for both Game Thread I and II. Cheers

Roll Call: NashMV3, Dragic_is_Magic, Omaha Sun, Juac, 2NASHTY, thedoovage, haremoor, East Bay Ray, grego85, wedge1039, shawndy, atkammoh, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, brian13, ClipperBEAST, Eutychus, Fritzy, AZBengal18, Antwuan, Not Disclosing My Name, nashran3, SUNS PORTUGAL, the new Bradfather, waxmonkey, jatrex4suns, PhoenixSons, Piotr Szczesniak, Lino Canaan, troglodytes, nashtyish, Migonads, modernage13, JoeWisco, phxpurple, sonicking, sports_dude33, SmokinKieff, nash13mvp, Aztiramtempe, Ohforf, Beavis 25, Kevron, ArizonaCactus, PHXSunsRunNGun, HarvMel, MMotherwell, marionette, suns68
Total Users: 48
Total Posts: 812
Total Threads: 2

Name # of Posts
NashMV3 96
Lino Canaan 80
Omaha Sun 75
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 56
phxpurple 42
East Bay Ray 34
modernage13 29
shawndy 29
JoeWisco 25
Juac 23
Not Disclosing My Name 23
SmokinKieff 20
the new Bradfather 20
Dragic_is_Magic 19
2NASHTY 19
Antwuan 18
Ohforf 17
atkammoh 16
Aztiramtempe 15
nashtyish 15
thedoovage 13
nashran3 13
Eutychus 13
SUNS PORTUGAL 9
haremoor 9
PHXSunsRunNGun 8
ArizonaCactus 8
Beavis 25 7
AZBengal18 7
MMotherwell 6
grego85 5
nash13mvp 4
PhoenixSons 4
Kevron 4
troglodytes 4
Fritzy 4
Piotr Szczesniak 4
jatrex4suns 3
brian13 2
HarvMel 2
Migonads 2
ClipperBEAST 2
marionette 2
suns68 2
waxmonkey 1
wedge1039 1
sonicking 1
sports_dude33 1


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