Spurs, Suns Set For Clash In Semis To Begin New Chapter

Hajji KaaminoContributor IMay 1, 2010

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 19: Guard Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs makes the game winning basket against Raja Bell #19 of the Phoenix Suns during double overtime in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 19, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After finishing off their respective opponents in the first round each by six games, the San Antonio Spurs and rival Phoenix Suns move to the next round by facing each other again since 2008.

Spurs and Suns will clash in another best-of-seven in the semifinals, and are very familiar with each other after meeting several times in the playoffs.

The third-seeded Suns eliminated the Portland Trailblazers at the Rose Garden last Thursday, with a final score of 99-90. Phoenix led most of the game, but the Blazers kept on rallying especially in the fourth quarter with under nine minutes to play behind the combined scoring from Rudy Fernandez and Martell Webster.

They tied the game at 76, but the Suns were too hot, and hang on to win the game and advance to the second round, facing the Spurs.

Jason Richardson led the Suns with 28 points and 7 rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting while Amare' Stoudemire added 22.

All-Star guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash had a quiet night, scoring just 10 points on 2 of 7 shooting but had seven turnovers, six in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the Spurs ousted the Mavericks in the first round with a final score of 97-87 behind Manu Ginobili's 26 points and 5 assists, and second year guard George Hill who had 21 points and 6 rebounds.

Tim Duncan added a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Mavs' German forward Dirk Nowitzki did everything, scoring 33 points, 25 in second half during a rally, but the Spurs were way too good for the Mavs.

The Mavericks blew a 22-point Spurs lead to a 57-56 lead after a three-point shot by Nowitzki with five minutes left in the third but the Spurs responded after that and the Mavs never had the lead again.

The Spurs and the Suns will begin the clash on Monday at the US Airways Center for Game one.

These 2 fellas renew their story after a dramatic 2007 Semifinals in which the Spurs won 4-2, and including the 2008 first round game one playoff classic, where Duncan hit the big three-pointer, and Manu putting a tough shot to seal the win.

This year, these two teams have different lineups, especially for the Spurs who became a younger team after acquiring fresh and younger players.

The Suns, on the other hand continued it's offensive strategy under Coach Alvin Gentry.

Another rivalry will face off. Another clash for familiar foes. A defensive team versus an offensive team. What will happen next?

Will it be a revenge? Or will it be the same story?

Let the clash begin!