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<p>The big question surrounding Brendan Morrison’s return to the lineup has as much to do with his captain as it does with Morrison himself. Is there any way that the man known as Mo can jumpstart Markus Naslund down the stretch?</p>




The big question surrounding Brendan Morrison’s return to the lineup has as much to do with his captain as it does with Morrison himself. Is there any way that the man known as Mo can jumpstart Markus Naslund down the stretch?





There is obvious irony in the question itself since Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi were given virtually all of the credit for Morrison’s offensive emergence six years ago. But Naslund has regressed to the point that Alex Burrows has outscored the former Lester B. Pearson winner by a count of 16 points to 14 points since the start of 2008, and with all due respect to Burrows, he won’t be challenging for the Art Ross any time soon.





Canucks’ fans have their fingers crossed that Morrison and Naslund can rediscover some of their former chemistry during what could be the final days in Vancouver uniforms for both of the soon-to-be unrestricted free agents.





•March 9 may end up being the turning point for the Phoenix Suns’ season, but one big win isn’t enough to convince me that the Suns are legitimate title contenders.





The Suns outslugged the Spurs in a hard-fought win on Sunday afternoon, but there are still plenty of concerns. While Steve Nash’s squad seems better positioned to defeat the Spurs in a grinding playoff series, can the Suns beat one of the run-and-gun teams they used to resemble in order to get to San Antonio?



•Congrats to the UBC women’s basketball team for winning its third national championship in the past five years and continuing a run of dominance for the province. B.C.-based universities have now won the last seven women’s hoops titles with UBC and SFU racking up three apiece with Victoria grabbing the other banner.





•Want to weigh in? Email me at scott.rintoul@metronews.ca




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