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Doc: Suns are not just run and gun

The Phoenix Suns [1] have always epitomized the Wild West part of the Western Conference.

But Celtics [2] coach Doc Rivers [3] said before Friday’s game to look beyond the image and consider what Friday’s opponent is now.

Still with Steve Nash [4] running the point but now with Channing Frye [5] replacing Shaquille O’Neal [6] in the post and Amar’e Stoudamire on the wing, the Suns have become a versatile offensive threat.

Can the Suns still run? Sure. They’re averaging 111.2 points a game. But Rivers said that doesn’t mean Phoenix is limited to just that aspect of the game.

“We want to run,” Rivers said of his team, which is averaging 99.8 points a contest. “We would love to run and them not. They are going to but they are not just a running team. I think people don’t give them their due offensively. They’re more than a running team to me. They really execute in the half-court extremely well. They have the ability to not get fast-break points and still score 120.”