NBA Playoffs: Difference in Play Has Helped Suns To Within Six Games of Title

May 26th, 2010 by Juan Sarinas Leave a reply »
During the midst of Mike D'Antoni's run as Phoenix Suns head coach—a run which saw the Suns reach two Western Conference Finals in as many years, in 2005 and 2006, and a run which vaulted the Suns from a morbid franchise into one of the NBA's elite—it was widely known that the Suns were a team who practiced a high-paced offensive game, played at a high tempo, and were set on playing with an 8-man rotation.

It seemed as if the Phoenix Suns organization owned the trademark of "high paced offensive basketball" and "8-man rotation", however a change in the team's philosophy of basketball has led them just six wins away from the franchise's first NBA championship.

The Suns still employ a fast-paced offense under current head coach Alvin Gentry, an assistant under D'Antoni, but now, the team has transformed for the better.

Among the changes include Gentry's use of the bench, which was a far cry from D'Antoni's reluctance in going deep into the rotation.

Under Gentry, bench role players such as Jared Dudley, Goran Dragic, hometown hero Channing Frye and fan favorite Lou Amundson, have enjoyed the spotlight, and have been key cont ...

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