The San Antonio Spurs is about to face one of their toughest rivals in the Western Conference, the Phoenix. Before Kurt Thomas was traded to the Spurs, he was a Sun. He played solid defense against Tim Duncan, making a certified pain-in-the-ass for coach Popovich. But now that he's a Spur, Pop has less to worry about, and it's more on the defensive strategy of the team against a team that is a certified offensive bomb.
For the past seasons, the Suns have been known for their fast-paced style of play. Their defense? Put it this way, their defensive strategy is to actually make their opponents play their style. I actually heard this notion from a sports commentator during a Suns game. And indeed, that's what their defense usually do. But with Shaq, their defensive edge wasn't the same as before. Shaq is getting old and he's body tells him that. He needs to stay healthy because how will he be able to help Nash & Co. to survive the playoffs with all the elite teams on board?
"We wanted to win it from the inside, and, without Shaq, we were undermanned in the interior. I just tried to attack in many ways. Just try to keep them off-balance a little bit," said Stoudemire.
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