Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Phoenix Suns Are An Offensive Scoring Machine

The Denver Nuggets scored 59 points by halftime. In normal circumstances, most teams would love to have 59 points by halftime. However, when you look across the scoreboard and see that you're playing the Phoenix Suns, who had 78 points by halftime, suddenly 59 isn't as impressive.

Shawn Marion scored a season-high 27 points, had six blocked shots, and hit five of Phoenix's 20 3-pointers to lead the Suns to a 137-115 romp over the Denver Nuggets in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.

Marion made 11-of-15 shots and grabbed 14 rebounds before leaving with 4:23 to play. The five 3-pointers, all of which came in the first half, matched a career-high. He equaled his career high with the six blocks. It was the fifth time Marion has had five 3s or six blocks.

Marcus Banks, who has played his way back into the Suns' rotation, made a career-high seven 3s -- in eight attempts -- en route to a season-best 23 points. The 20 3-pointers matched a franchise record and were one shy of the NBA record set by Toronto on March 13, 2005.

Grant Hill added 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 rebounds as six Suns reached double figures.

As you can see, the numbers and stats for the Suns are staggering. I could keep going on and on (and I haven't even mentioned Steve Nash yet). The Phoenix Suns are a powerhouse offensive team. They are like the New England Patriots or Indianapolis Colts of football. They can score at will.

Its all very impressive, but there's a problems with this team. Every year I'm almost convinced that this is the year where they finally make it to and win the NBA Championship. However, they really need to work on their defense. That's the problem. If this team is as good as the numbers show, then why haven't they won the NBA Championship yet? If they had a better defense, this team would be unstoppable.

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