What happens when you put the league's worst defensive team -- which also happens to be the second-best offensive team -- (the Suns) against the league's 27th-ranked defensive team, which also happens to be ninth in the league in points per game thanks to playing at the highest pace in NBA (the Timberwolves)?â†µ
The answer is a combined 250 points and both teams shooting over 50 percent from the field.â†µ
Put that another way, defense wasn't exactly on the agenda for either side tonight and leaders* from both sides were happy to point out their opponent's defensive deficiencies.â†µ
"I think they (Minnesota) are not necessarily a defensive team," Steve Nash said. "They've been a scoring team this year, so we should expect to score against that team. Luckily, we were just able to get a few more stops than them."â†µ
In the visitors locker room down the hall, the ever quotable Darko Milicic was saying this about the Suns.â†µ
"They're not worried too much about defense. They're looking to score, that's what they're looking for."â†µ
It's hard to argue with either of those guys since neither team was particularly good at stopping the other. The Suns just have more firepower and they have Steve Nash to create more open looks. Luckily.â†µ
* Yes, I realize calling Darko a "leader" is a stretch of sorts.