Round 1 of what is expected to be a competitive second-round series between Phoenix and San Antonio went to the home team, with the hot-shooting Suns knocking down 51.9 percent of their jump shots en route to a 111-102 victory.
That's not to say San Antonio's stars played poorly.
With the Suns desire to play small ball, the Spurs need much better performances from Hill and Jefferson, who both figure to be on the floor in San Antonio's three-guard, one-wing player and Duncan lineup in the fourth quarter. Hill, especially, will be counted on, as part of his duties will be to put pressure on Nash offensively and force him to expend energy on the defensive end.
Which bench will step up? Remove Parker from the equation and the Spurs subs totaled nine points with