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Suns may be too classy to beat Lakers

Likable team lacks the nasty side necessary to unseat defending champs

Updated: May 18, 2010, 10:07 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The stage and our hearts were there for the taking.

America wanted to fall for these Phoenix Suns. We still could. But after Los Angeles demolished the Suns in what felt like seven seconds or less in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center on Monday night, their time is short.

It wasn't just that the Suns were cast as the underdog to the Lakers in this series. Every team in the Western Conference is an underdog to the Lakers.

It's that the Suns of the ...

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