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Friday, May 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  16 responses

Phoenix Suns Know 2-0 Lead Isn’t Totally Safe

This is what happens when, despite a big lead in the series, a team still doesn’t quite know if they can beat their Playoff nemesis. They play it safe with the media, and give cautious analysis of where things stand. The AZ Republic has the quotes: “They’re an incredible team that has been there before,’ Suns guard Steve Nash said. ‘They’re as well-coached as anybody who has ever been in this league, so we know what they’re made of and we’ve got to match it.’ The Spurs are 0-4 this season at Phoenix but that problem can wait until a potential Game 5. For now, the Suns will draw motivation from their only visit of the season to San Antonio – a 113-110 loss on Feb. 28 with Jason Richardson missing a last-minute dunk attempt to tie. But even in that game, Phoenix scored 110 points. San Antonio has given up 110 this season in 14 games, five of which were by Phoenix. ‘We feel like we haven’t done anything,’ Suns forward Grant Hill said. ‘All we did was win at home. I’m sure a lot of people still feel San Antonio is going to win. We’ll manage to keep that underdog mentality when we talk among each other. If they win Game 3, now they have momentum. We learned a lot from last series.”‘

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  • Ronald

    Yup, all the Suns did was do what they were supposed to do. If the Spurs can defend home court and steal one they might win it in 7. Spurs arent known for winning 4 games in a row. So, if they win it, its definitely going to be in 7

  • rikson

    When is a 2-0 lead ever “totally safe”?! I tent to say, nothing is totally safe….

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    rikson, 4-0 is totally safe.

  • LA Huey

    With PHX history w/ the Spurs and past 2-0 leads against another Texas team, they’d be smart to stay humble and focused.

  • rikson

    niQ: hehe, apparently some things are safe. At 4-0 its already over, though…

  • Hersey

    History means nothing. Stay focused, play hard and win 4 games.

  • don

    using history, we can say 3-0 is a safe lead.

  • PJP

    The Spurs could win a game with an amped up home energy, but they can’t beat the Suns in 7 with the bench they have. Their 3 point shooting is low and the Suns defense is now a factor, and finally, the Suns coach started as an assistant under Pop. There’s too much edge for the Suns.

    In 4,5,6 or 7 games, it doesn’t matter, the Suns will close it.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    tangent: amazing that this is the first time that Grant Hill has gone past 1st round.

  • funkdoc

    I actually believe the Suns will take one game in SA. I think the Suns can win this in 5/6 games. Okay, the spurs are doing great and no one expected them to beat Dallas, but remember they won one game in Dallas in the beginning. This is the first time this year they’re down 0-2 and for some reason I don’t think they will be able to recover. 2-0 is nothing, but if you’re up 2-0 you have a good chance of winning it all…

  • franko

    hope…

  • Ken

    This is the happiest day of my life. I’m sure other Suns fans know what I mean. :)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    so umm, how do they feel now at 3-0. (btw, my Mavs lost to THESE SPURS? a team that’s getting mauled by fast PG’s and aging but resilient swingmen, without a starting center? Naah, i’m not angry about it at all. yeesh.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    Darksaber … i agree it’s so lame and disappointing

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I guess this is the official turning point for the Spurs playoff aspirations… Meanwhile, the SUNS couldn’t look too much more focused and purposeful. Their bench is amazing; Dudley, Barbosa and Dragic…. I guess when your young and playing actual meaningful games for the first time in your NBA career you don’t really hold much back. That certainly fits in with the likes of Steve Nash and Grant ‘Over The’ Hill…

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    …he of the 37 yr old knees who also, interestingly is playing actual meaningful playoff games for the first time in a DECADE.

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