Gambo: Plain and simple the Suns are better
Are you shocked the Phoenix Suns are up 2-0 on the San Antonio Spurs?
You shouldn’t be.
Plain and simple the Suns are a better team than San Antonio this time around.
This is what was supposed to happen.
Is the series over?
Not necessarily but it is going to take a collapse by Phoenix to not win this series.
What the Suns did was more than protect home court, what they did was put the Spurs in a hole they shouldn’t be able to climb out of.
While it is possible for San Antonio to win four of the next five it is highly unlikely.
Phoenix is beating the Spurs up on the boards, out hustling them, shooting the three pointer better, getting the crucial stops. San Antonio doesn’t have the answers. Steve Nash kills them in Game 1, the Suns bench gets them in Game 2.
Manu Ginobli scores 27 in Game 1 the Suns and Grant Hill shut him down in Game 2, holding him to 11 points. The Suns have a bench the Spurs don’t. Matt Bonner has two points in two games and hasn’t hit a three-pointer yet (0-4).
The Spurs held Phoenix to 42% shooting, had more fast-break points in Game 2 (13-8) and had more blocked shots (8-1).
And it didn’t matter.
The Suns are the team of intangibles – hustling all over the court to keep balls alive, save balls from going out of bounds, forcing jump balls. The Suns are the team that won’t be outworked and that has been the difference so far in this series. These Suns also have great balance, they can score inside and outside, they can defend the perimeter and the paint and when Robin Lopez returns they can go big or small. Those combinations make them an extremely difficult matchup.