Suns vs. Spurs tonight to be a doozie

Talking about Amare Stoudemire’s return Friday night for Game 6, Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni went for the understatement.

“That’ll help,” D’Antoni said Thursday.

Stoudemire and Boris Diaw were suspended for Game 5 on Wednesday night for leaving the bench during a minor scuffle late in Game 4. Without the two players, the Suns lost 88-85 and the Spurs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

“Every time you go through some tough times, and we have this year, we’ve snapped back from it,” D’Antoni said.

Still, while Stoudemire’s return will be key to getting a road win and staying alive Friday night, the Suns didn’t wallow in his Game 5 absence. I thought they played exceptionally well in Game 5 and just missed shots down the strech.