Bowen is looking real old. That is what will kill the Spurs in the playoffs against the Suns and the Mavs. Bowen was the x-factor for the Spurs against the Suns. He basically shutdown Marion time and time again, but he can't keep up much anymore and Marion was left wide open for several 3's during the game.
The Spurs have no rebounding at all when they go small. So if they aren't hitting, they are toast.
Not resigning Nazr was a huge error. He was awesome for offensive rebounds, especially against the Suns. Right now, Spurs got basically Duncan and 4 guards against the Suns, which greatly reduces San Antonio's advantage against Phoenix.
Great game by the Suns, especially after the bad start.
What most impressed me was the finish, game was 85-84 at one point and the Suns just put it away with an 18-3 run over the last 5 minutes. Spectacular swarming defense on Duncan in the block and nice rotation on the Spurs' shooters.
And to all Amare doubters, no, he may never achieve the 37ppg on Duncan he once had, but the old Amare wouldn't have thrown up 24-23 with really solid defense on Timmy either.
I cant understand why Popovich went to small ball when the score was 87-84 Suns.
Final score was 103-87, if Popoich pulls his head out of his ass and stays with the big lineup, they could have won the game.
Because Amare went nuts. Going with a big lineup means you got a slower guy guarding Diaw or Marion, which was hurting the Spurs at times. Like I said, the biggest factor was Bowen, he's lost more than just "a step."