Wednesday, April 30, 2008

2008 NBA Playoffs: Spurs Defend Title with Know-How

The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs defeated the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2008 playoff, 4 games to 1 to move on to the second round against the New Orleans Hornets.

The Spurs sent the Suns home again. The Suns have fallen to their postseason nemesis for the second straight year and the fourth time in five playoff appearances.

"We went up against a team that knows how to win. Every time we needed to close something out -- a half or a game -- they got the best of us. That's why they're the champions."

--Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni, who was fired after the series.

"I think on paper we have more talent than they do. But I think their experience, their commitment and understanding of what they're trying to do is greater than ours. Their ability to play together and make small plays on both ends of the floor is unsurpassed."

--Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns point guard and 2-time NBA MVP.

"They beat us with the intangibles. They beat us with the little things. They beat us with the gamesmanship. They beat us with the attention to detail; the game plan, the commitment to doing all the little things to win games; that's why they're the champs. That's why year-in and year-out no matter what people say about them they find a way to be right there in the mix and vie for a championship."

--Raja Bell, Phoenix Suns guard.
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