Phoenix Suns' Rays, Week 1: Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Other Early Trends

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Phoenix Suns' Rays, Week 1: Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Other Early Trends
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The Suns’ 2011-12 season is under way and has gotten off to a ho-hum 2-3 start. I initially thought of writing a preview article but then paused until after the first five games for a couple of reasons.

First, in an abbreviated season, I figured the first five games are akin to a preseason calendar in the sense that they are likely to reveal what ails and what does not to a greater extent than the two-game actual preseason.

Second, I was quite sure that the Suns would use the first week of the season to do a quick evaluation of the roster and make an under-the-radar flea market buy to complete the basic make-up of what the team is going to be for the majority of the season—case in point, the Michael Redd signing.

So after the first five games, how do things look? For better or worse, nothing earth-shaking here. To use the legendary Denny Green quote, “The Suns are who we thought they were.”

To that end, here are my five observations for the first week of the season.

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