By Jerry Browneastvalleytribune.com,
April 2, 2008
DENVER - This was no place, and no time, to run out of reinforcements.
Playing their fourth game in five nights — from New Jersey to Phoenix to mile-high Colorado — the Suns were so low on weapons and gunpowder Tuesday at the Pepsi Center they had to resort to hand-to-hand combat with a desperate Denver team teetering on the edge of the Western Conference playoff race.
Without Grant Hill for a third straight game, without Raja Bell after he was ejected early in the third quarter and without Boris Diaw, who fouled out with 1:14 left, the Suns kept swinging but finally fell. The 126-120 loss left both teams exhausted and dead even — for both the back-to-back battles over the last 24 hours and the season series.