The Suns knew going into tonight’s game against the MemphisGrizzlies that they’d once again be without 2-time MVP Steve Nash. They did notknow that Amare Stoudemire would fail to record any significant minutes onceagain. Amare, who was in foul trouble last night in Oklahoma City, once againgot into early foul trouble, and early technical foul trouble.
After picking up his third personal foul with 4:50 remainingin the second quarter, Amare picked up two quick technical fouls and was giventhe boot, leaving the Suns to go the rest of the way without their top twoplayers.
What is that I hear? A turn of a key, a crank of the engineand the Diesel is ready to throw his team on his back once again. Shaquille O’Neilresponded huge, dropping 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds on a night where O’Neilpassed another Hall-of-Famer, Oscar Robertson for eighth on the NBA’s all-timescoring list.