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Last night the Suns squared off against the Lakers in Game 6 of the Western Conferance finals. The Suns went in down 3-2 facing a must-win situation. The Suns were unable to pull off victory as the Lakers won 111-103 which means that the Lakers will advance to the NBA Finals. I titled this post as "Another Tough Year" because of how far the Suns have gotten and how well they have played under Alvin Gentry. The Suns were awesome and long-time Suns players like Amar'e Stoudemire and Steve Nash once again missed the finals in an attempt to get a championship ring. This time, at the Suns were able to beat the Spurs at least but fell short against the Lakers. Outstanding Suns players such as Stoudemire, Hill, and Nash played with passion and planet orange was behind every second of the playoffs hoping for the W. There was definitely a sense of "now or never" in that despite having excellent years, Grant Hill and Steve Nash are approaching retirement and Amar'e Stoudemire's future with the Suns becomes uncertain as he will be a free agent with several teams drooling over the prospect of signing Amar'e. However, there are things to look forward to starting with Alvin Gentry who has provided the necessary spark and determination to give Suns fans something they did not have the last couple of years: hope. You can look at this year as another failed attempt at the Suns trying to get a championship; however, it is important to remember that the Suns had an excellent season that was certainly not expected to go as far as it did. Gentry coaching ability has been outstanding and the Suns players played great despite not getting the final result as hoped. Younger players like Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, and Goran Dragic had their best seasons and Suns fans can expect more excellent seasons to come. Despite what happens in the off-season with trades, there are definitely some bright spots that the Suns future has in store.
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