Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  7 responses

Meet the Suns: Defensive Juggernauts

OK, so not really. But Phoenix’s reputation as a defense-averse team becomes less and less credible with each passing game. The AZ Republic reports: “For those who defend the name of the Suns defense, it may be safe to come out of hiding from the years of ridicule. The Suns have a full season’s work to prove they are better defensively. After finishing 22nd in the NBA in defensive field-goal percentage last season, they were 12th this season – their best finish since landing 12th in 2001-02 when Shawn Marion, Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway patrolled the perimeter. They also have submitted postseason evidence. Amid the offensive overflow of Game 2′s 119-90 rout of Portland that tied the series at 1, the defensive change from Game 1 was as important. ‘We played physical,’ said forward Grant Hill, likening the Suns’ fight to a Jan. 28 win against Dallas that started a 28-7 close to the season. ‘We played hard. We played tough. We played with grit.’ The 2004-05 Suns actually had a lower defensive field-goal percentage (44.5 vs. this season’s 45.2) but that team did not finish as strongly this team.”

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  • Peat

    Steve Nash for DPOY

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    We will see when they can’t hide Steve Nash on D in round 2

  • underdog

    Yeah, probably the 2001-02 season was last one, when I’ve actually rooted for the Suns. On the other hand, it’s great to see Grant Hill playing good basketball in the NBA Playoffs.

  • Dubli

    We will find a way to hide Stevie.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Big Mel. They already played round 2.. and the Suns won..

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    niQ: I think he meant in the second round the of the playoffs. If it’s Dallas, it don’t matter, it’ll be Kidd on Nash, the old timers going against each other… if it’s San Antonio, Gentry better come up with a reallllly good defensive plan.

  • Rob

    This team is so fun to watch. I’m a Laker fan, but the real showtime is played in Arizona.