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Old 01-28-2007, 02:20 PM
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Default Can Minny stop Phoenix streak today? Yesterday thread

Clevland game when I started thread


16-16 midway thru first and it looks like they can do it.

Suns Steak could be over if Cavs hit FT's and keep this pace.
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:35 PM
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Phx 7 for 9 to start third. Looks like it just took em awhile.

Cavs can sill do it down 6
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:37 PM
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Lebron's about to go off...
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Old 01-28-2007, 04:21 PM
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Nope, not today.

The streak is still alive. Easy cover too. I really thought this would be a closer game and my 6/7 middle had a shot.

LeBron got his though.
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Old 01-28-2007, 04:24 PM
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James plays perfect and they still get buried

Nash already has MVP locked up again, its stunning actually.
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Old 01-28-2007, 04:41 PM
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17 in a row
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:37 PM
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Suns still going . . .
Suns post 17th straight win, show no signs of slowing down

Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 29, 2007 12:00 AM


CLEVELAND - An end to the streak has become an "if."

The Suns are bowling 300 every night. They seemingly can't be beaten. References to "when the streak ends" have turned to "if the streak ends," particularly when the Suns are as locked in as in Sunday's 115-100 victory at Cleveland.

Phoenix won its 17th straight game, tying for the NBA's seventh longest streak, and tied a club record by winning its ninth road game in a row. The Cavaliers looked mismatched defending the Suns.

In a game that stayed close until Cleveland scored two points in the fourth quarter's first 7 1/2 minutes, the Suns looked in control for most of it because they constantly had the Cavaliers overmatched.

Boris Diaw left guard Eric Snow twice on post moves. Amaré Stoudemire dunked on plodding Zydrunas Ilgauskas, rendering Ilgauskas' 7-foot-3 frame useless. Marcus Banks drove by power forward Anderson Varejao. Shawn Marion posted up guards. And Steve Nash was a perpetual mismatch.

"I think (Suns coach Mike) D'Antoni is an offensive mastermind," said Cleveland's LeBron James, who scored 30 on a sprained toe that had him limping late. "No matter what you do defensively, he's going to find a way to counter it. No matter what you do . . . The way they're playing right now, they are unbeatable."

Nash flawlessly picked apart Cleveland's constant switches. He made 10 of 17 shots and handed out 15 assists without making a turnover.

It would be a more remarkable game had he not done the same thing - 15 assists without a turnover - against Portland nine days earlier.

Nash hit jumpers over or drove by big men when he was not identifying and exposing Cleveland's defensive rotations elsewhere. It was why the Suns hit 57.1 percent of their shots.

"We have the swagger," Marion said. "I don't even think it's the streak. This is more about us and the thought that we can't lose."

For all of their offensive marvel, the Suns trailed after the first quarter for the fifth time in the past eight games.

Phoenix missed five straight shots and had three turnovers to help Cleveland to 10-0 run and a lead in the first. The funk oddly came with Nash on the floor, but the rejuvenation came expectedly upon his return in the second quarter. A burst of 14 points over 2:07 included threes by Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell and Nash (two).

That backcourt trio kept sizzling, although Cleveland stayed close with second-chance points and its bench.

But Cleveland's legs became too heavy to capitalize on Phoenix's slow start to the fourth. The Cavaliers did not score on their first nine possessions with James watching the moment pass.

"Mike said to establish themselves, Cleveland was going to want a win," Bell said. "When a team is ready for you like that and wants to prove something, that's when you test yourselves."

Not long after Nash wowed his bench with a contorting layup against Drew Gooden, the Suns were ahead 103-89 with 4:53 to play and the Cavaliers were out of energy, which the Suns did not lack.

"That was probably the most exciting thing, even if we lost," Nash said. "(We) played with a lot of intensity and fire. That's something that's kind of been lacking in a few of these wins."
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:39 PM
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Sorry for the selfish Suns post. But I really think they could be in trouble tonight.

Nore more on the streak in this post if they win again.
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:59 PM
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Love the Wolves here.

Loaded up on them
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:08 PM
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I took some points Sport.

B2B maybe they get tired
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Definately worth the shot.
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:28 PM
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:16 AM
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Suns have really got it going...there is no real weakness to this team
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:03 AM
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Garnett, T-Wolves stop Suns' winning streak at 17
Jan. 29, 2007
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- The hard-driving Phoenix Suns had been blowing through the NBA in January, piling up points, highlights and victories at breakneck speed.

They finished the month just one win away from perfection after crashing into a 6-foot-11 road block named Kevin Garnett.

Garnett almost single-handedly snapped the Suns' 17-game winning streak, scoring 44 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Minnesota 's 121-112 victory on Monday night.

"People who say he can't carry the load, take a look at this game film," new Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said.

The All-Star forward, sometimes criticized for not coming up big in the clutch, was everywhere in the final period against the Suns, dropping turnaround jumper after turnaround jumper to give Phoenix its first loss of 2007.

He scored 15 points in the fourth, including a looping fallaway from the baseline that gave Minnesota a 118-109 lead with 1:55 to play, and put Wittman on the way to a win in his home debut.

"It's just about being a presence," Garnett said. "It's about making them have to deal with me. I will continue to take that approach."

Raja Bell scored 26 points and Steve Nash had 20 points and 18 assists for the Suns, who were looking to tie for the fourth-longest winning streak in NBA history.

But one night after downing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for No. 17 in a row, the Suns couldn't find an answer for Garnett and uncharacteristically lost their offensive mojo in the fourth quarter.

After scoring 95 points in the first three quarters, Phoenix managed just 19 in the fourth and looked a little stagnant.

Nash dissected the Wolves' defense for the first three quarters, piling up assists at a near-record pace. But he scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and had just one assist in a final period that belonged to Garnett.

"Better to lose that way than to lose when we beat ourselves," Nash said. "Kevin was sensational. We just didn't make shots at the end at the clip Kevin was making them."

The Suns were in deep trouble midway through the fourth quarter thanks to three big shots by Garnett and some dirty work on the boards by Mark Madsen.

Madsen, an offensive liability for most of his seven years in the league, hit a fallaway jumper just outside the lane to cap an 8-0 run, then gave Minnesota a 112-107 lead with 3:38 to play after he scooped up a rebound and laid it in.

Garnett followed with a twisting, turning fadeaway on the baseline that brought the crowd to its feet.

Yet the Suns handled their first loss since a 101-99 defeat at Dallas on Dec. 28 much the way they handled the 17 wins that preceded it -- with a collective shrug and "aw shucks."

"It was cool while it lasted," Bell said.

When the final buzzer sounded, Garnett came over to Wittman and stood eye-to-eye with the new coach, shouting encouragement before stomping off the floor. Wittman took over for the fired Dwane Casey last week.

"I think we all felt bad when Case lost his job," Garnett said. "No one ever wants to get fired or traded ... It was really heartfelt in letting (Wittman) know that we'll fight for you every night."

Ricky Davis had 17 points for the Timberwolves, who shot 59 percent and simply wore the Suns down in the final minutes.

Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Leandro Barbosa added 17 for Phoenix, which entered the night 15-0 in January.

"We'll start another one," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "This is fun."


Notes
Wittman said injured G Rashad McCants is getting "pretty close" to coming back from microfracture knee surgery. Wittman wants to see McCants in a few more practices before he puts the second-year player in a game.
Only seven of Phoenix's 25 assists were not made by Nash.
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:02 PM
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Nice call...

Sooner or later it had to happen
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