Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  By RANDY HILL  |  Last updated 11/12/13
PHOENIX -- Having flummoxed NBA soothsayers through seven fun-filled evenings, the Suns seem committed to the game-winning properties of string music. The string were referencing is not the one attached to a rim; instead it's an imaginery implement connecting Phoenix defenders, who just happen to be performing at rare levels of competence. For contextual input on this defensive evolution, lets take a moment with highly qualified Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Mike has everybody on a string, said Tucker, the teams defensive anchor since returning from Euro-style exile last season. Everybody knows where theyre supposed to be in each situation. Mike, by the way, is first-year assistant coach Mike Longabardi, who followed in the footsteps of Tom Thibodeau as a Boston Celtics defensive-oriented mastermind. Anyway, this knowing of where to be seems about as anathema to historical Phoenix protocols as a snow plow. The string Tucker refers to ties all five defenders together. And when the ...
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