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  • LAKERS-SUNS PREVIEW. The last time the Lakers faced the Phoenix Suns in a playoff series, Kobe Bryant famously proclaimed that he would rather play on Pluto rather than return to the Lakers in the aftermath. It’s amazing the difference that three years makes. Kwame Brown was jettisoned off for Pau Gasol and one ring later they are looking to make it to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.
    The Suns also went through a bit of transition. Once the Gasol trade happened, they responded by trading for Shaquille O’Neal. Head coach Mike D’Antoni was jettisoned in favor of Terry Porter which ended up being a disaster. Three months later Porter was fired and Alvin Gentry became the head coach, and it seemed like the Suns were spiraling down the drain not making the playoffs last season.

    But something clicked with them. No longer playing the seven seconds or less offense and Amar’e Stoudemire actually playing something that remotely looks like defense, they have climbed back into the playoffs as the three-seed this season and swept their longtime playoff nemesis San Antonio Spurs.