National Basketball Association semifinal playoff action continues Saturday, with the Phoenix Suns fighting for survival in their Western Conference series with the San Antonio Spurs.
Phoenix is looking for its first win of the best-of-seven series after losing the first two games at home, forcing the Suns to need at least one of the next two games in San Antonio.
The Spurs, known for their tough defense, have shown they can put on an equally impressive offense, wearing down the Suns in the fourth quarter of both games in Phoenix. The Spurs are at their best at home in San Antonio, with a regular season record of 38-3, and 5-1 for the playoffs.
The Suns, with their streaking offense led by Amare Stoudamire, are hoping to turn their luck around in Game Three. Phoenix has the best road record in the league, and is welcoming back guard Joe Johnson, who will be playing in his first game since being injured on May 11.
Johnson's return will allow regular season Most Valuable Player, Steve Nash to concentrate more on passing and less on scoring. Johnson also will take over guarding San Antonio offensive threat Tony Parker
Meanwhile, the battle for the Eastern Conference title will continue Sunday with the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons hosting superstar Shaquille O'Neal and his Miami Heat. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece.
The winners of the East and West conference titles will play for the NBA championship in June.