Nash Rescues Suns vs Lebron/Cavs, Improve to 2-1
It was looking like another loss for the Suns early in the 3rd quarter, but Steve Nash led a resurgence that resulted in Phoenix's second win of the season - 103-92.
Playing the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers without All-Star Amare Stoudemire in the lineup, it appeared for the most of the game that the Suns would simply take the defeat on their home floor. The team struggled from the floor in the first half, but regrouped in the second and moved their record to 2-1.
Amare missed the game due to soreness in his right knee; the same knee he had surgery on before the season started. It was obvious to the Suns' staff in Friday night's blowout loss to the Lakers that something was wrong, so STAT was given the night off to get some rest. It's unknown if Amare will miss any more games or if the knee will be a nagging issue throughout the year. We can only hope that it's short term and that he'll be back on the court soon.
Shawn Marion and Nash both finished with double-doubles to lead the Suns, but Boris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa also contributed effectively in the victory. For the Cavs, Lebron James led the team in scoring with 27, but shot poorly throughout. Dwight Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had nearly identical box scores on the night, both finishing with 22 pts and 14 & 13 rbs, respectively.
The Suns continued to be a little out of sync and Raja Bell's early season struggles continue. Grant Hill also had problems getting going, but made some great plays towards the end of the game. His real value doesn't show up in the box scores - he's a leader and playmaker - something that will definitely be more evident as the playoffs approach.
Halftime of Sunday's game also featured the induction of Jerry Colangelo into the Suns' ring of honor. Quite a few former Suns players and important members of the organization were on hand to witness the event. Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle gave speeches during the ceremony - others may have too, but I missed them if they did. Jerry has been instrumental in building the city of Phoenix to what it is today; not only from a sports perspective, but also it's national prominence and influence. Colangelo is up there w/ Barry Goldwater and other influential Arizona residents as having the most profound influence on our state.