by Brett Edwards
The Suns got a steal this week when they were able to add Tim Thomas to their roster after the Bulls cut him and he cleared waivers earlier this week. Thomas hadn't played since early November, because after he questioned his role with the Bulls, they basically sent him home with pay, and finally cut him loose this week.
Tim Thomas is a perfect fit for this Suns team. He fits best into an up-tempo style where he can get out and run in the open floor, is very athletic, and can hit the 3 with consistency. Sounds like half of the Suns roster, doesn't it? His numbers last night after not playing for 3 1/2 months: 20 points in 20 minutes, on 7-13 shooting, including 5-8 from 3-point land.
This move only improves the Suns' chances of getting to the Finals in the West. Remember, they way the playoffs are set up, it looks like Dallas and San Antonio will have to battle each other in the second round, leaving PHX a fairly clear path to the Conference Finals. And if Stoudamire comes back at even 80% of what he was last year, the Suns will be a very tough out for either team that makes it through that brutal 6 or 7 game series.