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Discovering their toughness

The Suns-Mavs series is all about toughness. But what exactly does that mean, asks Eric Neel.

Updated: May 30, 2006, 4:08 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

PHOENIX -- You have to be tough in the playoffs. You have to command respect, dig deep, play physical, show no mercy and give no ground. This is fundamental, this is common knowledge; every Willis, Rambis and Wallace who's ever been to the show will you tell you so.

But while the Suns and Mavericks have shown plenty of old school grit in the Western Conference finals -- Steve Nash shakes off a blood-drawing elbow to the temple in Game 3, Josh Howard lays some message-sending wood on Tim ...

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