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On a night when the Suns did themselves no good except for giving their starters rest in a blowout loss in San Antonio, they maintained their 9th place standing in the Western Conference due to a 103-98 Utah Jazz loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Neither the Rockets or Nuggets, each 1 1/2 games ahead of the Suns after last night's loss, played last night but they play a home and away back to back tonight and tomorrow with the first game at 5PM MST in Denver this evening. Whatever the result of that game, the Suns will gain 1/2 game and only be 1 game back going into tomorrow night's game against Portland.

Given that the Nuggets hold the tie-breaker edge over the Suns on the strength of their 2-0 record against Phoenix so far, with one game remaining between the teams, it would be best if the Nuggets swept the two games.

Over at Denver Stiffs, hey, they want to sweep these two games! Let's be friends, Nuggets. We both make it and the Rockets and Jazz are the odd teams out. Deal?

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You see, the Nuggets can't afford to lose both. Splitting is also an iffy proposition. Truth be told the Nuggets need to sweep these two games to realistically cement their playoff positioning. Win these two games and you are a full two games up on the Rockets WITH the tie breaker. Split and you are no better off than you are now. Lose both and the playoffs start looking like a mighty grim hope. So ... no pressure right?

Current Western Conference standings, courtesy of nba.com:

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The San Antonio Spurs outscored the Phoenix Suns 35-13 in the opening quarter and never looked back in their 105-91 win Saturday night at the AT&T Center. The game was far more lopsided than the...

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Bassy was the game's MVP - hands down.  All heart - all the time.

And it wasn't even that close.

Well, who really expected the Suns to win this game? The Spurs are a very good team (and in my opinion the best team in the West) and perfectly primed to play their peak basketball right now at just the right time, exactly as commander Gregg Popovich planned. We weren't but six minutes into the first quarter and the Spurs, lead by a blazing hot Tim Duncan, jumped out to a 21-4 lead and Alvin Gentry elected to remove the entire starting lineup and put in the bench.

The deficit was just too much to surmount -- though the valiant substitutes led by Sebastian Telfair and Robin Lopez were able to rattle off a number of impressive runs. Bottom line is that our starting unit is not playing well. They have been struggling as of late and tonight -- the last game of a long road-tip, their weary legs and weathered emotions were evident from the start.

The big news of the game is that on a reverse layup attempt in the 1st Steve Nash (who was already in pain due to a bruised knee from the night before in Houston) tweaked his hip, an injury that has plagued the two-time MVP in the past and he wouldn't return after only 6 minutes of playing time. We worry about his health, but from the sounds of it, it appears to be minor and because of the large and early deficit Gentry elected to rest Nash on this 2nd night of a back to back. Grant Hill also sat the rest of the game after the 1st quarter.

Another note of worth -- tonight Suns TV Color Analyst Scott Williams announced at the end of the game that he is done broadcasting, that this was his last game and he is turning the reigns over to Eddie Johnson. Interesting.

We'll talk about playoff implications tomorrow. In the meantime ... they may have taken our pride this night on ESPN BUT the Spurs can't take this away from us.

Comment of the Night

From our own favorite editor East Bay Ray (NOTE: Earmuffs)

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ROLL CALL

Congrats to two-time winner Shawndy! You win 100 Internet points!

Total Users: 59
Total Posts: 1105
Total Threads: 2

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AZBengal18 42
jc79 41
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MMotherwell 36
Ohforf 34
ThatOtherCanadianKid 33
Eutychus 30
u_must_chill 30
East Bay Ray 26
phxpurple 26
Suns R Us 25
Airwave 22
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noonoo 19
wedge1039 19
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Juac 15
hcblankscreen 14
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The Solution 13
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raxado 12
HarvMel 10
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Bkj 9
jatrex4suns 8
Toon Army Sun 7
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JoeWisco 7
suns68 6
Dragic_is_Magic 6
Not Disclosing My Name 5
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KnowGood 4
PHXgp 4
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Sunsfansincelate80's 4
Beavis 25 3
sports_dude33 3
rainmann 3
Chafid Ahmad 2
WilliAG 2
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NashMV3 1
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Suns2flyy 1
moncho619 1
blanke 1
SunKing 1
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Ceek 1

NEXT GAME - SEE YOU THERE





This Stinks...

Yuck.




There is no official word yet but the indication is that Nash has tweaked a hip.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) April 15, 2012

Roll Call:
Total Users: 50
Total Posts: 693
Total Threads: 1

Name # of Posts
shawndy 79
PhoenixSons 59
djturbolence 48
AZBengal18 42
Jim Coughenour 35
MMotherwell 34
brian13 27
u_must_chill 27
Ohforf 26
Suns R Us 22
jc79 21
Eutychus 20
sonicking 19
twitte07 19
ThatOtherCanadianKid 19
wedge1039 18
CreatureOfTheNight 17
East Bay Ray 14
raxado 12
haremoor 12
noonoo 12
Airwave 11
Juac 9
nashtyish 9
Bkj 9
SUNS PORTUGAL 7
suns68 6
hcblankscreen 6
Toon Army Sun 5
PHXgp 4
Dragic_is_Magic 4
JoeWisco 4
Sunsfansincelate80's 4
rainmann 3
KnowGood 3
sports_dude33 3
sidepart 3
HarvMel 3
modernage13 3
Beavis 25 3
WilliAG 2
phxpurple 2
KC_Suns_Fan 1
NashMV3 1
quixilver 1
Ceek 1
blanke 1
nashisamazing 1
Suns2flyy 1
NashtyNash 1


This guy has been absolutely great.  Very Proud of Bassy.

I do what I want. #gangsta instagr.am/p/JaPw35EahA/

Josh Childress (@JChillin) April 14, 2012

There's more meaning in this tweet than I think JChill intended.



You know the Drill - ROLL CALL IN FULL EFFECT. BRING YOUR BIG-BOY PANTS!

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