Does Anyone Still Believe The Phoenix Suns Are a Good Defensive Team?

May 18th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
I was recently asked if I hated the Phoenix Suns due to the negative nature of some of my recent articles, but my anger was not directed at the Suns, but rather on the concept they had transformed into a good defensive team nearly overnight.

The thing that really puzzled me was the people who were making this assumption, because it wasn't just Phoenix fans or the most casual observers of the game of basketball.

Three ESPN analysts picked the Suns to upset the Lakers, and all three said Phoenix' defense would be the difference in the series, while TNT analyst Charles Barkley said it wouldn't surprise him if the Suns' defense bothered the Lakers.

What's really crazy is these people get paid to make profound observations about the game of basketball, and many observers trust their opinion, but how much attention did they really pay to the Suns?

Phoenix was the NBA's second worst defensive team in the regular season, just ahead of the Golden State Warriors, but because of inspired defensive performances in the first two rounds of the postseason, opinions about the Suns' defense shifted.

Never mind that the Suns' firs ...

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