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Old 02-25-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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Default Bobcats at Suns 2/24/09

At least we won't be giving our first draft pick to Denver.

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Suns spoil Diaw and Bell's return to Phoenix

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Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, hugs former teammate and Charlotte Bobcats guard Raja Bell, right, prior to an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
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PHOENIX (AP) Steve Nash scored 22 points despite leaving with an ankle injury and the Phoenix Suns beat the Charlotte Bobcats 112-102 Tuesday night, spoiling the return of Boris Diaw and Raja Bell to US Airways Center.
This was the first time Diaw and Bell had returned to Phoenix since being traded to Charlotte two months ago. They combined to almost upset the Suns.
Diaw finished with a season-high 27 points, along with nine rebounds and six assists. Bell scored 23 with three rebounds and three assists.
The Suns, however, had more balanced scoring. Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Richardson, who came to Phoenix in the deal with Charlotte, also had 20 points. Leandro Barbosa scored 17 and Matt Barnes 14.
Phoenix got a big scare when Nash made a 3-pointer with 4:07 remaining in the third. He hobbled off the court with what appeared to be an ailing right ankle. However, he returned early in the fourth period and quickly hit a 3. Nash played only two more minutes, then came out again.
Raymond Felton had 14 points and Gerald Wallace 13 for Charlotte.
The loss was the Bobcats' seventh in a row away from home. They now have dropped nine of 10 against the Suns in their all-time series.
Bell got the Bobcats off to a quick start, hitting his first four field goal attempts, as Charlotte built a 20-15 lead midway through the first period. The Suns then went on a 26-9 run bridging the first and second quarters and assumed a 41-29 lead early in the second.
They increased it to 51-37 with a barrage of 3-pointers, capped by a long-range shot by Nash. Phoenix still led by 11 with 57 seconds left in the half, but the Bobcats closed with a 7-0 burst, including a 3 by Bell just before the buzzer. At the half, Bell topped all scorers with 15 points.
Fast-break points helped keep the Suns in front at intermission. They outscored the Bobcats 17-0 on fast-break points in the second period.
Bell and Diaw, two popular players when they were with the Suns from 2005-08, both were given rousing ovations when they were introduced before the game. The two, along with Sean Singletary, were sent to Charlotte on Dec. 10 for Richardson and Jared Dudley.
The first time the teams met this season, on Jan. 23, the Bobcats handed the Suns their most lopsided defeat of the year, 98-76.
The Suns took charge early in the third period, stretching their lead to 81-63 on a spinning turnaround shot by Richardson while falling to the floor. He also was fouled, completing the three-point play.
The Bobcats battled back thanks to Diaw, who scored nine straight Charlotte points, and Felton, who hit the last three baskets of the period. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Suns led 94-84.
Notes:@ The Bobcats began the game as the league's lowest-scoring team, averaging only 92.1 points. ... O'Neal's first three rebounds of the game gave him 12,358, enabling him to pass Paul Silas (12,357) for 16th place on the NBA's career list. ... Diaw now has scored in double figures in 15 straight games. ... Clock malfunctions delayed the game four times. ... Surprisingly, oft-injured Grant Hill is the only Suns player to participate in all 56 games, his longest career streak of consecutive games to start a season. ... The Suns have sold out 148 straight games, including regular season, preseason and postseason games since March 3, 2006. ... Since the start of the season, the Bobcats have seen 23 different players play at least one game.

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Old 02-25-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bobcats at Suns 2/24/09

This was actually a pretty fun game to watch and we were right there with them until we started subbing in the bench. Even after all that we cut it to 5 in the 4th, but then Crash got called for his 6th on a 3 pt shot by Richardson and we just couldn't recover.

Probably kills our playoff chances (not saying impossible tho; we have a string of games coming up where we could get a streak going), but beating ORL, Houston and a revitalized Phoenix team were long odds anyway.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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I want the Bobcats to make a run at the playoffs, two good things happen. We will lose our draft pick in a crappy draft, and we will get some recognition around the league. This is a win, win situation imo.
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Default Re: Bobcats at Suns 2/24/09

The Cats are usually fine for the 1st half.
But as soon as the 2nd half starts, they screw up.
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I want the Bobcats to make a run at the playoffs, two good things happen. We will lose our draft pick in a crappy draft, and we will get some recognition around the league. This is a win, win situation imo.
Why do people keep saying this is a crappy draft? There will be just as good if not better talent in this draft as there was in last year's, and everyone keeps talking about how deep that draft was.
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Default Re: Bobcats at Suns 2/24/09

There is an outside chance that we could end up 3-2 by the end of this road trip. That depends on which team shows up to play the GSW and my poor pitiful Clippers. Crash looked really drained when interviewed after the game by Stephanie Ready. BTW--do we have any clue as to who wll be Steve Martin's broadcast partner in the next couple of weeks?
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:53 AM   #7
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The Cats are usually fine for the 1st half.
But as soon as the 2nd half starts, they screw up.

Young inexperienced teams typically have trouble closing / finishing games.
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