Role Reversal: Up 2-0, Phoenix Suns Simply Better Than San Antonio Spurs

May 6th, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
You can sense it from the commentators' tones. You can see it in the Spurs' faces. You can probably feel it whether you're going for Phoenix or San Antonio.


No matter how improved the Suns are, nobody expected them to take a 2-0 lead against their black-and-silver poison.

Suns fans can profess all they want how they knew this year was different. But seriously, did they really think, before the series started, Phoenix would seem so invulnerable to their former kryptonite?

Everything is completely backwards from the way it's always been.

In Game Two, the Suns were the ones hanging around through the first three quarters, then pulling away in the fourth with execution and defense. Jason Richardson has become Manu against the Spurs, who seem unable to find an answer for him. Amar'e Stoudemire is turning in quiet double-doubles—quiet because his supporting cast is doing the job. Meanwhile Tim Duncan turned in an impressive and publicly lauded 29 and 10 that wasn't enough. The Spurs are the ones getting tired at the end of games, because Phoenix's depth wears them down with hustle and timely plays. Phoenix is ...

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