Saturday, 7 January 2012

Phoenix 102, Portland 77

This game is the perfect example of what I had in mind when I said the Suns can be a playoff team. Strong defense, and more importantly strong rebounding led to good looks for Phoenix on the break, and some strong play from Steve Nash (17 pts, 9 ast, 7-7 FG) accounted for all the half court offense the Suns needed.

Markieff Morris had yet another impressive game, boarding strong and shooting well from outside (he even hit a three from about 30' as the shot clock expired), and could well be making a case for Rookie of the Year.

The Blazers were probably tired, having just flown in from a win over LA at home, but it's an impressive W for the Suns none the less.

Team rebounding, team defense and sharing the ball got the win tonight, and I expect to see this type of play throughout. This roster has the potential to achieve a similar chemistry to the '09/10 WCF team, which in a season like this would be HUGE.

Glad to see the Suns get a quality win. Bring on the Bucks!

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