Phoenix Suns Hold on for 2nd Straight Win; at Celtics Expense

Boston Celtics

The Phoenix Suns are starting to put together another run of victories; their latest coming against a pretty sorry Boston Celtics squad. In the 118-108 win, Phoenix got good contributions from just about everybody in the team. Five players scored in double figures, led by Amare Stoudemire's 32 and Leandro Barbosa's 26, including 6-7 from 3-point land.

Boston had three players score over 20 points and were very close until the last 2 minutes; the Suns persistence and some timely shots by Barbosa preserved the victory for the Suns.

Still nursing a sore shoulder injury, Steve Nash was limited to 34 minutes on the court; he played 27 against the Clippers the night before.  While this might seem low or cause for concern, I think this is the actual amount Nash should be playing every night to ensure a good postseason push for the Suns.  They're still relying too much on Steve, so the injury and the games he missed have been good learning lessons for the rest of the Suns players.  Despite the lowered minutes, Nash has still been effective in his time on the court, reaching 12+ assists in each game since he's returned.

Forward Boris Diaw is still out w/ back spasms and will likely miss the Suns four game road trip, which starts Friday in Minnesota. Their next games will be against Atlanta (who defeated them Feb 9th), Indiana and Philadelphia.  Phoenix should win all 4 games and return on a 6-game winning streak.

NBA Injuries

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat - In the 4th quarter of a loss to the Houston Rockets, Wade attempted to deflect a ball from Shane Battier and injured his left shoulder. You could tell the injury was serious, as Wade was visibly shaken up and in tears. The trainers and medical staff wheeled him off the court in a wheelchair and he was to stay at a Houston hospital overnight. Early prognosis is that he has a dislocated shoulder, but the full extent of the injury is not known yet.

Dwyane Wade shoulder injury video

NBA Trade Rumors

Numerous players are involved in heavy trade discussions as today's trading deadline approaches (3pm EST).  Jason Kidd, Pau Gasol, Mike Bibby and Vince Carter are the biggest names being shopped around right now, but I wouldn't be surprised to see an “out of the blue” type of trade involving another NBA superstar - it almost always happens. 

The Indiana Pacers should be looking to dump both Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels now that they've been indicted for their role in a fight earlier in the season.  I can't imagine they'll find any takers, but I'm sure they're looking hard.

Published Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:13 AM by chowell
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