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When asked by a reporter if he still thought about those Suns series, Bryant shot back with another question: "What you think?" The reporter pressed again. "You already know," Bryant said. So, it still bothers you ... "Just a little bit." The Lakers have had considerable success against the Suns since 2007, winning nine of the 12 games the two teams played in the last three regular seasons. But Phoenix is coming off a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs and is playing better than it has in the past and Los Angeles knows it. "We're very familiar with them [but] the difference between the way they were playing in the regular season and the way they're playing now is just confidence and they believe in what they're doing," Bryant said. "Obviously they became a little more stable after the trading deadline with what Amar'e [Stoudemire] has been doing and they want it. They're very, very hungry."