Why was this such a bad thing? (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)

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The Suns started the game on a 19-12 run and ended it with a 17-6 run. Bam! The Suns are back, baby!

Wait, what? What was that?

Oh yeah, there were those other 35 minutes in the middle, where the Suns were outscored 87-59. Ouch.

The Suns looked slow, unsure of themselves, un... un... un everything you can think of. The Sixers are somehow the Suns' achilles heel, while the Suns are somehow the Sixers' elixir.

Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but can someone tap Gentry on the shoulder and remind him that the Suns are no longer built to "go small"?! Please? They just don't have the offensive firepower anymore to outshoot and outrun everyone else in the league, and their sparkplug PG is, while still highly effective, no longer a speed demon.

Gentry tried to go small against the Knicks a few weeks ago (the infamous Childress start at C) and failed miserably, then stuck to his big lineup in the rematch just last week and watched the Suns win. Lesson learned, right?

Tonight, he played Gortat and Lopez a grand total of 17 minutes. He played small the rest of the game to try to match up to the Sixers. Well guess what? The Sixers wiped the floor with the Suns. Wiped it clean.

No more recap is necessary here.

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Turnovers, 16 of them leading to 30 points for the 76ers, are the stat that will get the most attention, but the bottom line here was the Suns didn't have the talent on the floor to compete with their young, athletic and skillful opponent. Certainly, they weren't going to get it done with Vince Carter giving his "half man, half former amazing player" performance.


That's what we're thinking too.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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22 pt comeback! Come on, Suns!


Go Steve! (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Go Steve! (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Let's go Suns!



Free Nash Trade Ideas (aka Group Rosterbation Party)

These guys sat around in a circle with a poster of Steve Nash on the wall and went to town with the rosterbation...

Have at it.

Also, be sure to read this excellent look at pace stats that features how fast the Suns really play.


Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, right, drives past Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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about 1 month ago: Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, right, drives past Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Don't expect a win tonight. If the Phoenix Suns win this game, it will be hard-fought and deserved no matter how it happens. Why? Because Philly is not an easy out.

Of course, we all remember the drubbing they dished out to the Suns a couple weeks ago, a drubbing that ultimately forced the Phoenix Suns to check themselves before they wrecked themselves, and become *gasp* a respectable defensive team.

Don't be surprised if it happens again. The Sixers are 13-7 at home this season, 18-25 overall. They've won their last 3 home games - against Milwaukee, Charlotte and Utah - and currently sit where the Suns want to be: squarely in playoff position.

The Sixers depend on their defense to win games, rated 13th overall in the league (compared to the Suns' 30th) in defense and 22nd in offense. Officially, the Sixers are 17-10 when holding opponents under 100 points, 1-15 when allowing more than 100 points.

Let me repeat that. One win is all they've gotten when allowing 100 points. Phew. That's nice. Our Suns are averaging better than 106 per game. Easy peazy, right?

Wrong. Cuz guess who gave the Sixers their 1 win when giving up 100 or more points?!?!? You got it, Bob! The SUUUUUUNNNNS!

Here's hoping the Suns exact a bit of revenge in this game. Here's hoping the Suns take that game personally, come in with a little backbone and lay a bit of wood to these Sixers. Here's hoping the Suns don't give up open jumper after open jumper.

Here's hoping the Suns play more like a playoff-bound team than the 7th-seeded Sixers.


FG3PTFTReboundsMisc
GMMAPctMAPctMAPctOffDefTotAstTOStlBlkPFPPG
Elton Brand 42 35.0 6.0 11.8 50.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8 3.6 77.0 3.3 5.4 8.6 1.5 1.5 1.2 1.1 3.2 14.8
Jrue Holiday 43 35.1 5.5 12.6 43.7 1.0 2.9 36.0 2.4 3.0 80.2 0.9 3.0 4.0 6.5 2.8 1.4 0.3 2.9 14.5
Andre Iguodala 31 37.5 5.1 11.3 45.3 0.9 2.5 34.2 3.2 4.8 65.8 0.9 5.2 6.0 5.6 1.8 1.5 0.5 1.7 14.3
Louis Williams 41 23.1 4.0 10.3 38.9 1.0 3.3 31.4 4.2 5.1 81.4 0.4 1.5 1.9 3.4 1.5 0.6 0.1 1.8 13.3
Thaddeus Young 43 25.7 5.0 9.2 53.7 0.1 0.3 26.7 1.6 2.1 74.4 1.8 3.3 5.0 1.0 1.1 1.0 0.3 2.0 11.6
Jodie Meeks 35 24.1 2.7 7.0 39.3 1.6 3.9 39.9 2.1 2.4 86.7 0.1 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.7 0.5 0.1 1.1 9.1
Andres Nocioni 35 20.1 2.6 5.9 44.2 0.9 2.6 34.8 1.2 1.5 80.4 0.4 3.4 3.8 0.9 1.1 0.3 0.4 2.0 7.3
Evan Turner 41 24.5 2.7 6.9 39.5 0.2 0.7 31.0 1.5 1.9 78.2 0.5 3.9 4.4 1.8 1.1 0.7 0.1 2.0 7.1
Spencer Hawes 42 20.1 3.1 6.5 47.4 0.1 0.5 31.6 0.5 1.1 42.6 1.3 4.1 5.4 1.5 1.3 0.3 0.8 2.4 6.8
Marreese Speights 35 12.7 2.3 4.7 47.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.9 1.3 71.7 1.0 2.8 3.8 0.5 0.7 0.1 0.3 2.1 5.5
Tony Battie 25 10.6 1.3 2.6 49.2 0.0 0.1 50.0 0.2 0.5 50.0 0.5 2.1 2.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.5 1.3 2.8
Darius Songaila 5 7.4 0.8 1.8 44.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.8 1.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6 1.6
Jason Kapono 16 5.5 0.4 1.4 27.3 0.1 0.3 25.0 0.1 0.1 50.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.9

Oh and guess what? Andre Iguodala will play tonight, as opposed to the last game. He's a terrible shooter (except when playing the Suns) but otherwise a real pest on the court. Iggy draws free throws we can only dream VC would get, and manages to pull down 6 rebounds and dish out 5+ assists a game. Iguodala is a great #3 on a great team, but unfortunately for the Sixers he's been their #1 option for way too long.

Jrue Holiday will make Nash look old sometimes, but Nash still takes those challenges from youngsters and ends up with the better game. Frye's length should be effective against Brand, who can no longer outjump Dudley.

Lets hope Evan Turner doesn't have the game of his life again. And that bit-players Hawes, Speights and Songaila don't have a field day against the Suns either.

Go Suns!

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