PHOENIX — US Airways Center was sleepy. It was a weird sight to see considering the Phoenix Suns had so much to fight for. The final playoff spot was on the line, and with the Houston Rockets...

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Who said JD had no hops? Look at that vertical! Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Somehow, the Phoenix Suns won this game against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Not exactly sure how, but they did it. The Suns' final 4 points came on free throws on two 50-50 calls that in LA would likely have gone the other way.

The Suns are back into the 8th spot in the playoff picture after Houston lost to Eric Gordon's New Orleans Hornets. And that's all that matters. The Suns' playoff hopes are alive.

But I digress. Back to the Suns beating the Clippers for the third time in four tries this season.

The key to the game? Sebastian Telfair's defense in the last 2:21 on Chris Paul. Sure, Paul scored the Clippers' last 6 points (4 on free throws) but Telfair was in Paul's grill the whole time, grinding the Clippers' offensive flow to a halt. And, of course, he blocked Paul's last shot right out of bounds. Boo yah!

The Suns bigs rebounded nicely from the other night. Marcin Gortat scored 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting, along with 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Channing Frye had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Robin Lopez made his presence known in the paint and Markieff Morris contributed 5 points and 7 boards on his own. The biggest thing was that each big man fought for every rebound and made their presence known in the paint.

Blake Griffin, after an easy 14 points in the game's first 10 minutes, scored only 2 more points thereafter (on free throws) and endured more hard fouls than open shot attempts. Frye and Lopez both hit him under the rim, and Dudley got in his grill on a loose ball.

Jared Dudley's foul was the first turning point in the game, to me. After the scuffle, Duds (18 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds) was hit with a T and the Suns were down 7 or 8 points. But then the team and the crowd seemed to come alive at that point, just when the Clippers seemed poised to pull away.

This Suns team is resilient and fiesty. They find a way to score and defend just enough to win games. Since the All-Star break, they are now 21-11 which is better than less than a handful of teams in the league.

The Suns did not play their best game tonight. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out just how they won. But win they did, and the playoffs are getting closer and closer.

Game balls go to Sebastian Telfair (13 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a big block) and Jared Dudley. Without them, the Suns lose this game in a big way.


BASSY KICKED SOME ASS-EE!. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second Half Game Thread Roll Call:

Roll Call: Antwuan, ryansunsfan, Omaha Sun, modernage13, Aztiramtempe, atkammoh, suns68, phxpurple, Alex Laugan, djturbolence, Juac, East Bay Ray, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, ThatOtherCanadianKid, MMotherwell, SUNS PORTUGAL, wedge1039, The Solution, brian13, shawndy, haremoor, Ataraa, the new Bradfather, Beavis 25, Toon Army Sun, Jim Coughenour, noonoo, Lino Canaan, Suns R Us, NashMV3, nashtyish, sonicking, REneeR, HarvMel, ArizonaCactus, raxado, sreekar13, The Rising Phoenix, lee4, PhoenixSons, sidepart, WaveOcean, Dickwan Sasser, Divine Beast, grego85, Ohforf, PatrickPetersonAZ, JoeWisco, KnowGood, Berecki, Wichita SunSteeler, Piotr Szczesniak, Revkrazy
Total Users: 53
Total Posts: 1322
Total Threads: 1

Name # of Posts
Omaha Sun 95
Suns R Us 80
NashMV3 76
phxpurple 75
PhoenixSons 73
djturbolence 67
shawndy 62
Beavis 25 62
Lino Canaan 54
noonoo 50
Aztiramtempe 45
The Solution 44
WaveOcean 42
Jim Coughenour 41
the new Bradfather 40
Antwuan 33
Dickwan Sasser 33
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 32
sidepart 31
East Bay Ray 26
ThatOtherCanadianKid 25
raxado 24
ArizonaCactus 22
modernage13 19
HarvMel 16
SUNS PORTUGAL 14
The Rising Phoenix 13
wedge1039 13
Juac 12
grego85 11
ryansunsfan 9
haremoor 8
brian13 7
REneeR 7
JoeWisco 6
Ohforf 6
Alex Laugan 6
suns68 6
atkammoh 6
KnowGood 4
Wichita SunSteeler 4
Divine Beast 3
lee4 3
MMotherwell 3
PatrickPetersonAZ 2
Berecki 2
Piotr Szczesniak 2
Ataraa 2
nashtyish 2
Revkrazy 1
sonicking 1
Toon Army Sun 1
sreekar13 1




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Fight Fight Fight! Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Suns by 1 at halftime.

Let's go!!!



First half roll call:

Roll Call: ThatOtherCanadianKid, modernage13, The Solution, LHCbruin, Omaha Sun, Ataraa, brian13, Alex Laugan, Antwuan, Seth Pollack, PHXSunsRunNGun, East Bay Ray, phxpurple, NashMV3, SS21, JoeWisco, AZBengal18, djturbolence, Wichita SunSteeler, Suns2flyy, thedoovage, atkammoh, Juac, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, noonoo, suns68, Lino Canaan, shawndy, SmokinKieff, WaveOcean, Jim Coughenour, twitte07, SUNS PORTUGAL, nashtyish, Ceek, grego85, wedge1039, Spit_Fire, HarvMel, Beavis 25, Colton Dodson, Suns R Us, haremoor, Dragic_is_Magic, raxado, Divine Beast, Piotr Szczesniak, Aztiramtempe, KC_Suns_Fan, Ohforf, bozzy35
Total Users: 51
Total Posts: 708
Total Threads: 1

Name # of Posts
Omaha Sun 79
phxpurple 69
Lino Canaan 53
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 45
djturbolence 43
East Bay Ray 33
Antwuan 31
atkammoh 31
Juac 31
noonoo 27
WaveOcean 22
wedge1039 22
Beavis 25 17
SmokinKieff 15
The Solution 15
Suns R Us 13
ThatOtherCanadianKid 13
modernage13 12
twitte07 12
suns68 10
JoeWisco 10
nashtyish 9
Wichita SunSteeler 9
brian13 8
Colton Dodson 7
Alex Laugan 7
Jim Coughenour 7
Seth Pollack 6
haremoor 6
SUNS PORTUGAL 5
Spit_Fire 4
thedoovage 4
Ceek 3
Divine Beast 3
Suns2flyy 3
Dragic_is_Magic 2
KC_Suns_Fan 2
raxado 2
LHCbruin 2
Aztiramtempe 2
Ohforf 2
grego85 2
shawndy 2
SS21 1
AZBengal18 1
bozzy35 1
NashMV3 1
Piotr Szczesniak 1
HarvMel 1
PHXSunsRunNGun 1
Ataraa 1


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