When itâ€™s there, the Suns appear to be the NBAâ€™s best team. When itâ€™s not, opponents gleefully line up for layup drills that harden the opinions of the teamâ€™s skeptics. â€œItâ€ is AmarÃ© Stoudemireâ€™s interior defense.
It was there during 15- and 17-game win streaks.
It wasnâ€™t so much when the Suns looked like an ordinary team for much of the post All-Star game schedule.
And itâ€™s been back for the Sunsâ€™ two playoff wins over the Lakers.
Stoudemire had four blocks, nine defensive rebounds and several altered shots in Tuesdayâ€™s 126-98 rout of Los Angeles in Game 2.
The exclamation points came on two early spectacular blocks of Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom â€” defensive gems that set the stage for the Suns to explode and the Lakers to wilt.
East Valley Tribune