Atlanta Hawks to Implement “The Nash Rule” Tonight Against Phoenix Suns

Greg EspositoContributor IIJanuary 15, 2010

PHOENIX - JANUARY 06:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns attempts to drive the ball against Luis Scola #4 of the Houston Rockets during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Rockets 118-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Who names these things? Oh yeah, people 100 years ago), the Atlanta Hawks have a plan to shut down Steve Nash tonight as the Phoenix Suns visit town.

That plan? “The Nash Rule.”

At least that’s what Hawks head coach Mike Woodson told the Atlanta newspaper.

Two or three years ago, coach Mike Woodson developed what the team calls “the Nash rule” to dictate how it would defend the two-time MVP on the pick-and-roll.

“He dissected people off the pick-and-roll,” Woodson said Thursday. “Nobody knew how to play him, and people still don’t know how to play him. We struggle to play him because he’s so good at it.”

The rule hasn’t seemed to be that effective.

Over the last three seasons, the Suns are 4-1 against the Hawks, and Nash has averaged 19 points and almost 11 assists.

Whatever Woodson’s rule consists of, he should change it before tonight. Everyone knows there is only one rule that can stop Steve Nash .


The Nash Rule: Bust open his face.

Just ask the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. It worked for them.









Hawks hope "Nash rule" can slow Suns [Atlanta Journal-Constitution ]

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