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PHOENIX AZ - FEBRUARY 10: Channing Frye #8 of the Phoenix Suns slam dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 10 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
What were you doing on December 19? Drinking some tasty egg nog? Listenting to a Bing Crosby Christmas on your hi/fi? Spraying that white chemical on your Christmas tree to make it look like snow? Or maybe you were partying after the shorthanded Suns defeated the Thunder to even their record out at 13-13? We've all come a long way, baby.
Tonight the Phoenix Suns crushed a tired and fairly crappy Warriors squad, 112-88. Every Sun who stepped on the court scored a point, and for the first time in recent memory, Phoenix was finally able to empty the bench. That's right on this night Silo and Chilly even hit the hard wood for the Suns and scored buckets. Not only that Suns fans, but Jared Dudley got up for one, and.....DUNKED! Yes it was a special treat for all of us.
The Suns shot 60% in the first quarter and went on a 19-3 run to close out the first half to set the tone for this one. It was an excellent W with virtually everyone playing well. Of course there were 17 turnovers which delayed the inevitable for a smidge tonight, so we can let that slide....Why not get to our props right now, and I'll let PHX Seth add in the details from the locker room in a few:
Tonight was a great Suns W with some quality D played on a tired Warriors squad. The Suns limited GS to 40% shooting and never let them score 30 points in a quarter.
Enjoy it, y'all, Utah is up next.
Full coverage of the Dudley dunk with video and his reaction along with teammates:
"Let me just say, Jared Dudley's dunk might have been the best dunk I've ever seen him do. Honestly, I thought it was Vince Carter streaking to the basket. If I had known it was Jared I probably wouldn't have passed it to him. But, I'm glad I did because we got a great highlight."
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Vinsanity is dead. Can we just call him "the Charitable Mrs. Fields?" (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
I'll keep this short and bittersweet since we all know what the score is on the matchup tonight.
The Warriors won a tough one last night versus the Nuggets and in theory should be feeling a bit tired. Regardless, the Suns need to take the game to the Bay City Rollers like last time. Look for G. Hill to slow up Monta Ellis again. Look for Vince Carter to get every opportunity to manipulate a mismatch. Look for Stevie to be Stevie, and here's to another 20 and 10 for Channing Frye. Double-doubles fit him just fine if you ask me.
There are no keys to the game here, we're talking about a team that Suns know how to defend, use their size as an advantage versus the undersized opponent.
.500 should be motivation enough for the Suns tonight. How about grabbing a big lead and holding it this time? How about giving the starters some rest? How about a Silo and Chill appearance, and maybe Dowdell on the floor long enough to hit for 30?
LET'S DO THIS!
Master of the Obvious Thought Provoking Statements:
And here's something you've already read from Steve Nash:
"I just think we haven't been a very good team this year for the most part. We're under .500 and every win we've had has been difficult. I feel like we're hopefully getting to a point now that we can gain some confidence and momentum and start to win at a clip that's over .500 and get ourselves in a good position here.
Hearing such an honest, accurate asessment on a team's performance by the MVP of the squad is very refreshing to hear. Hell, it's beyond refreshing. In sports we constantly hear watered down cliches and individuals attempting to stay positive in the midst of adversity and massive suckitude. To hear Nash call the Suns [not] "a very good team for the most part," is something most of us have been saying all season. We can buy the line, it's neither falsely uplifting or Scott Howardesque. It is simply the truth. "Every win we've had has been difficult." Indeed. Whether the Nets or Lakers or Clippers or Celtics are the opponent, the Suns have to put up the very best game they can muster to win. Knowing you have to bring that kind of effort night in and night out should in theory keep a team focused and motivated. It doesn't always bring positive results, of course. Talent and luck comes in to play as well, but the statement is telling....
Here's a real preview:
With the tired Warriors coming to town and riding the high of a good win, they are much less likely to be hungry to add a win to their standings in a season where it won't matter. Basically, everything lines up perfectly for a Suns win which would put them back at .500 and one step closer to re-entering a playoff race that is much more competitive at this point then expected.