Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16), of Spain in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. Suns won the game 121-116. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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4 days ago: Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16), of Spain in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. Suns won the game 121-116. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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I am giddy like a school girl.

Usually in the NBA, if you get out rebounded by 17, 9 times out of 10 you are going to lose. But tonight your Phoenix Suns drained 22 3-pointers en route to a 121-116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers IN LA. This is that one exception.

It was looking  like a Pau orgy early on, but the Suns hung tough through out the game. Jason Richardson played out of his mind tonight with 35/8/3/3, including 7 3's, but it was Hedo Turkoglu who hit the pivotal 3 with 34 ticks left when the Lakers were looking like they were going to steal the W.

This was a weird game in the sense that the Suns couldn't make a stop all night (exaggeration). But when you don't miss from beyond the arc, it helps, no? 3 is more than 2, yes? Gasol looked like a teenager playing against a gang of 6 year olds for much of the night, pulling down 17 boards and dropping 28 points against the Suns. But you have to hand it to our squad, they hung, they tipped the misses around and ganged like they wanted this one more than the Lakes. Every time it looked like LA was going to make the run, that run, a different Sun came up in the clutch to make a basket, grab a board, make a steal.

We also must thank Mr. Odom for a T in crunch time, and the ref's for missing a call when he clearly got jacked in the dome piece in the paint. Of course, it was some slight justice taking the Kobeinlastargetsallthecallsfactor. 

Nevertheless, this was the Suns' night. They overcame injury to Robin Lopez, a typically raucous LA crowd, not to mention the reigning champions to bring home the W.

 

 

Props:

Nashty: 21 and 13 while dealing with his personal issues. Some clutch baskets and free throws. 

Dragon:  Looking mean tonight going up against Sasha. I would have liked to see him crack his enemy in the face, but it was best to keep him on the court. His 3 3's were vital. I cannot get over how calm and confident he is on the hardwood this season.

Frye: (he of the very bad acting in a grocery store commercial) dropped in 20 and 6 along with a huge block on Pau late in the game while playing with 5 fouls. That air ball 3 made me cringe, but he delivered when it mattered.

Chill: the sneaky shoe hoarder played some nice D and picked up 5 boards. He plays quietly but efficiently. You hardly know he's there but he's a dirtworker that Cotton would love.

Hedo: again I mention the Turkish delight. In the preview I asked for a coming out party. 17 and 5 and the huge 3 works for me. It's a confidence builder no doubt.

And now, as a special treat to you beautiful people, I give to you my game notes:

1st

Suns 8-21 from the field 38% 5-9 from three 56% (JRich 4-6)

 Lopez out with 2 PFs in 5 mts

Gasol-6 in frist quarter 2nd chance points

 

2nd

Sasha is good for nothing but fouling people

Warrick mental from the FT line.

Kobe actually called for an offensive foul

Goran looking very confident, 2 3's

Lopez reenters at 6.25 injures his knee at 6.04 when Dudley falls on him. 

How can Turk  box out Odom?

Suns reel off 9 in a row during a 10-2 run, led 56-48 LAKES RESPOND 5-0 

3rd

Lakers quickly out to 9-2 run

Frye 3 pt play, back n forth

Get the feeling LA is toying with Suns

JRich 3 Suns with largest lead of game 76-68 

Suns not defending but answering every Laker make

Nash 3 Suns up 1

JRich 3 90-76

8-14 Suns shots 3's Suns 90-76

Lakes 8-1 run

Hakim FT's? WTF?

Suns 92-84

4th

3 shots at the basket Sasha 3  Suns 95-89

Dragic 3 Suns 100-92

Rich going cold

Gasol easy 2 107-104 Suns

Frye air ball

Suns 1-8 in 4 minute span until Nash delivers lay in with 2 mts left.

Frye great block on Gasol 109 104

Nash drops long 2 on Odom 111-104 1.50 left

Fisher drops a 3  111-107

Hill clanks 3

Odom T-d up after making 2. HA HA HA HA

112-109 Suns 53.7 left

Hedo 3 HUGE! HEDO THE HUGE!

115-109 34.7 seconds left

Suns steal in bound after Lakers get 2 shots at the basket Frye fouled 115-109 24.4

Frye 1 of 2 116-109 

Kobe easy 2 116-113 18.2 left

Nash fouled 2 FT's  118-111

Kobe 3 point play 118-114

Nash 2 ft's 120-11

FREE THROW CONTEST-stop it 2NASHTY it aint over

OK its oVEr. PARTAY...IDEA FOR VICTORY THREAD...yes Wilfredo, you are brilliant, thousands will flock!

Congratulations Suns Fans. Sleep Soundly With Smiles on Your Faces.

 


How's that armpit sweat taste, LA?

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F Hedo Turkoglu   Lamar Odom

Officials: Ron Garretson, Tony Brown, Derek Richardson, 

yadda yadda yadda


We are with you, Steve. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Tonight your Phoenix Suns take on the reigning NBA Champions, Los Angeles Lakers, in the city of angels.  I could take the high ground on this and focus on the match up at hand, our I could toss out a vitriolic preview filled with hatred and anger. 

The high ground is boring. 

Just typing the word Lakers fills my mind with purple and gold illness. I think of James Worthy's goggles, Michael Cooper's white socks, Vlade Divac's beard and flopping, the time Magic started a fight with KJ, and my healthy dislike for Phil Jackson, the zen master snide LA snob he has become. What is worse is that we have to watch this game on the LA home court with camera shots of Jack and whatever other random celebrity the cameras are paid to catch as they plug a new movie or TV series. Where else would you see Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, that fat guy, and David Spade all sitting together in the front row, side by side with blank looks on they're faces? Oh and by the way David, you went to high school and college in AZ. SHOW SOME RESPECT.

and onto the game.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kobe Bryant 9 32.8 8.1 19.2 42.2 1.6 4.8 32.6 7.4 8.8 84.8 0.9 4.6 5.4 4.3 2.6 1.0 0.2 2.1 25.2
Pau Gasol 9 38.4 9.1 17.2 52.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4 5.4 81.6 3.6 8.2 11.8 4.4 1.7 0.8 1.4 2.4 22.7
Lamar Odom 9 33.3 6.1 10.3 59.1 1.1 1.8 62.5 1.0 2.1 47.4 3.2 7.7 10.9 3.3 2.8 0.6 0.3 3.3 14.3
Ron Artest 9 30.2 4.3 10.3 41.9 1.3 3.7 36.4 1.0 1.2 81.8 1.8 1.8 3.6 2.0 0.8 2.0 0.6 2.9 11.0
Shannon Brown 9 18.6 3.9 7.9 49.3 1.6 3.4 45.2 0.8 0.9 87.5 0.3 1.6 1.9 1.0 1.0 1.1 0.2 2.2 10.1
Matt Barnes 9 19.8 3.6 7.6 47.1 0.7 2.1 31.6 1.0 1.4 69.2 2.4 3.3 5.8 2.1 1.4 0.7 0.3 2.7 8.8
Derek Fisher 9 28.2 2.9 6.7 43.3 1.1 2.0 55.6 1.9 2.2 85.0 0.0 2.2 2.2 2.8 0.8 1.4 0.1 2.1 8.8
Steve Blake 9 18.1 2.0 4.7 42.9 1.7 3.3 50.0 0.8 0.9 87.5 0.2 1.3 1.6 2.2 1.3 0.3 0.0 1.1 6.4
Derrick Caracter 7 6.0 0.9 2.0 42.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.1 100.0 0.7 0.9 1.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.4 1.4 2.9
Devin Ebanks 3 8.3 0.7 3.3 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 1.3 100.0 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.7 2.7
Sasha Vujacic 4 4.3 1.0 2.3 44.4 0.3 0.8 33.3 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.5
Luke Walton 3 9.3 0.3 2.7 12.5 0.3 2.0 16.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.3 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.0
Theo Ratliff 8 8.3 0.1 0.8 16.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.9 1.6 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.9 0.3

Tonight should be a decent compass as to where the Suns stand as a team after a difficult start. Don't get me wrong, the Lakers are in a different class as the Suns, however, as we witnessed in the their loss to the Nuggets this week, they are a beatable team. Denver's success came in part to inside dominance and the ability to get to the rim. Gasol picked up 20 boards, but of course, that doesn't make him a great defender now does it?

Let's face it, the Suns are going to have to play a near flawless game tonight in order to win. They played LA tough in the home opener, were only out rebounded by 3, didn't turn the ball over, and still lost by 8 points. I guess the question is has the Suns' defense improved since then? Can they make the stops down the stretch tonight?

So some questions to ponder:  

  • Where is Steve Nash's head right now? He's a professional, but a human nonetheless. The issues he is dealing with right now are pretty heavy.
  • Which Robin Lopez will show up tonight? '09 post door smash-pre back injury hopefully? Maybe Nash doesn't have to pull down 7 rebounds if RobLo puts some fly paper on his hands.
  • Which Hedo will show up tonight? Who is Hedo anyway? I think we haven't really seen the real Hedo. There must be a breakthrough some time, right? How about tonight?
  • The grab bag that is the Suns rotation: What will Alvin Gentry put together to maximize Hedo/J-Chill/DudzFrye/Dragon, along with the starters?  On that note, here are some numbers to play around with:

Top Five-Man Floor Units

RANKED BY MINUTES
UNIT
TOT MIN
+/-
1
Nash-Richardson-Hill-Turkoglu-Lopez 94.1
-1
2
Dragic-Childress-Dudley-Warrick-Frye 65.2
-1
3
Nash-Richardson-Hill-Warrick-Frye 33.7
-2
7
Nash-Richardson-Dudley-Warrick-Frye 10.2
+13

 

Obviously these numbers don't tell everything. Small sample size for example presents a problem. How can we judge anything with confidence in 10 minutes? How can we judge a team 8 games into the season? Nevertheless, the 7th ranked unit in terms of minutes has the highest +/- of any unit. That there's a fact.

And if all that didn't get you excited for the game, how about a tweet from Earl Clark?

Yall females really be butt ass on twitter#where yall popz at yo

Exactly, Earl.

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