How do you know the Suns and Spurs have a real honest-to-goodness rivalry? It has its own Wikipedia page. Or you could just watch the games, but come on, we all know which of those is the real judge.

The Suns made a statement Wednesday by donning their "Los Suns" jerseys in what owner Robert Tarver made clear was a protest against the new Arizona immigration law. Then they made a statement of the basketball variety by seizing a 2-0 lead in the latest series against the Spurs. It's the fourth playoff meeting between the teams since Steve Nash arrived in Phoenix, but it's the first time the Suns have enjoyed a 2-0 lead.

The 2006-07 team won 61 games with Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Raja Bell and Boris Diaw running Mike D'Antoni's system to perfection. But with a new cast of characters around older versions of Nash and Stoudemire, are these Suns better?

Dan (AZ)

Are we watching the best Steve Nash Suns team? Watching them recover from the two second half runs from the Spurs makes me think that this version is a better basketball team than the previous incarnations.

John Hollinger
John Hollinger

Still would like to see what the first team would have done if Johnson had been healthy, and I still think the '07 team with the nose-bleed/suspensions was the best of them all ... but the West isn't quite as strong at the top as it used to be, so this could be the one that breaks through as a conference champion. Full transcript

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