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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PhoenixSons 107
djturbolence 78
Jim Coughenour 48
brian13 46
AZBengal18 42
jc79 41
sidepart 36
MMotherwell 36
Ohforf 34
ThatOtherCanadianKid 33
Eutychus 30
u_must_chill 30
East Bay Ray 26
phxpurple 26
Suns R Us 25
Airwave 22
sonicking 19
noonoo 19
wedge1039 19
twitte07 19
haremoor 17
CreatureOfTheNight 17
Juac 15
hcblankscreen 14
STUPID KERR 14
The Solution 13
nashtyish 13
raxado 12
HarvMel 10
SUNS PORTUGAL 9
Bkj 9
jatrex4suns 8
Toon Army Sun 7
KC_Suns_Fan 7
JoeWisco 7
suns68 6
Dragic_is_Magic 6
Not Disclosing My Name 5
quixilver 5
KnowGood 4
PHXgp 4
modernage13 4
Sunsfansincelate80's 4
Beavis 25 3
sports_dude33 3
rainmann 3
Chafid Ahmad 2
WilliAG 2
NashtyNash 1
Migonads 1
NashMV3 1
troglodytes 1
Suns2flyy 1
moncho619 1
blanke 1
SunKing 1
nashisamazing 1
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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Pounding The Rock


Hey Steve, does it hurt right here when I hit big shots against you?

Friday was a good day for the Suns. They handled the Houston Rockets with relative ease (relative as in a fairly nice cousin who's kind of a pain in the ass but not nearly as bad as your crazy drunk aunt) and now get to head a few hundred miles deeper into the heart of Texas for a date with the Spurs in what's been for the Suns The San Antonio House Of Pain.

What's left to say about this match up? We've been here and done that far too many times. Those old bugs are still shuffling along and gettin' 'er done. Mix in Mr. Diaw and Mr. S-Jax and they are deep, dangerous, young, old, fast, sold, efficient and just reckless enough to play up-tempo and drop 125 points on yer head.

Game time: 6:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona and for the second night in a row, on ESPN.

Visit Pounding the Rock to see what fans of a champion talk like.

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San Antonio Spurs Roster

# Pos. DOB W H College
James Anderson 25 G 3.25.89 215 6-6 Oklahoma State
DeJuan Blair 45 C 4.22.89 270 6-7 Pittsburgh
Matt Bonner 15 F 4.5.80 235 6-10 Florida
Boris Diaw 33 F 4.16.82 235 6-8 None
Tim Duncan 21 F 4.25.76 255 6-11 Wake Forest
Manu Ginobili 20 G 7.28.77 205 6-6 None
Danny Green 4 G 6.22.87 210 6-6 North Carolina
Stephen Jackson 3 F 4.5.78 220 6-8 None
Cory Joseph 5 G 10.20.91 185 6-3 Texas
Kawhi Leonard 2 F 6.21.91 225 6-7 San Diego State
Patrick Mills 8 G 8.11.88 185 6-0 Saint Mary`s-CA
Gary Neal 14 G 10.3.84 210 6-4 Towson
Tony Parker 9 G 5.17.82 180 6-2 None
Tiago Splitter 22 F 1.1.85 240 6-11 Brazil


Oh, and I am ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO MENTION PLAYOFF STANDINGS OR HOW BIG THIS GAME IS.

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