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Guess what the Suns have been thinking about heading into this season? Defense. Can you believe it? "Our defense will help us get in open-court situations, and we have the weapons in the half court to score and get great opportunities," new coach Terry Porter told the East Valley Tribune. "Guys have done a good job buying into the program, and now it's a matter of it becoming second nature." To that end, rookie center Robin Lopez can provide some shot-blocking (he had seven in one preseason game). All-Star guard Steve Nash (right) said: "We're trying to do things we haven't in the past."