Mean Men

Suns try to ditch their average play against Kobe and crew

The season isn’t over, but it’s looking like the Phoenix Suns aren’t going to repeat the deep playoff run they made last season. Without Amar’e Stoudemire – and with Steve Nash and Grant Hill each another year older – the Suns have spent the bulk of the season looking exactly like their record: average. In spite of that, the Los Angeles Lakers always seem to bring out the best in the Suns, who outran L.A. en route to a 121-116 win last November.

If playing their hated rivals is what it takes to bring out the Suns’ A game, then tonight’s tussle at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, should be a good one. The Kobe Bryant-led Lakers will be coming to Phoenix looking to avenge last November’s loss, and the hometowners will need to play a great game just to keep it close. If past history can be trusted, that’s exactly what will happen.

Wed., Jan. 5, 8:30 p.m., 2011
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