Tag:Al Jefferson
Posted on: November 28, 2008 2:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:20 pm

Suns Vs Heat: The Matrix Returns

Phoenix Suns logoThe Phoenix Suns have continued to beat up on the teams they are supposed to win against, but have struggled a bit in regards to dominating those teams.  A recent victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder required a lucky miss by the Thunder and a failure (by them) to foul Steve Nash or Raja Bell w/ 9 seconds left in the game. 

Following the win over Oklahoma City, the Suns went to Minnesota on the 2nd of back-to-back road games, to face the Timberwolves, who they've struggled against the past few years.  Once again, Al Jefferson dominated Amare Stoudemire (mostly) and Shaquille O'Neal.  Fortunately for the Suns, Nash was back to his pre-2008 self and helped keep the team afloat enroute to the win.

Tonight, the Suns get ready to face the Miami Heat, a struggling franchise that is now home to a former Suns player & fan favorite - Shawn Marion.  Shawn spent his entire NBA career in PHX before being shipped to Miami in the Shaq trade.  While Marion was hustling and wowing the fans in PHX, he was disgruntled as the 3rd option for the run 'n gun Suns under Mike D'Antoni.  Now in Miami, Marion is roughly doing the same thing behind Dwyane Wade and rookie Michael Beasley.  He is a free agent after this year, so he'll likely be joining his 3rd team in less than 2 yrs during the offseason or before if the Heat can setup a sign & trade deal w/ another team.

Phoenix is currently 11-5 on the season, enough for a B+ rating from this sports blogger.  They haven't won every game they should've, but they have experienced some challenging times already this season w/ Barbosa's Mom passing away, Barnes suspension and Nash's adjustment to the "Terry Porter way".  Considering all of this, they aren't doing too bad.  They still need to improve, however, so that when the Lakers, Celtics and Hornets of the league come around they don't get blown out.

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