Suns Are Keeping Me Interested

A couple weeks ago, I wrote how the playoffs have been a snoozefest, and was hoping the Conference Finals would bring a little drama. So far, not so much. After watching about two and a half quarters of the Boston-Orlando game 3 Saturday, it was clear that the Magic didn’t have any Chris Angel in them. It felt like they didn’t even care that they were losing. I guess they decided that they only wanted to sweep or be swept, and as AP wrote, they don’t have a backbone and would rather be at Disneyland. Superman disappeared, and looked powerless against a big baby. Pretty much the whole team decided to lay down, even Jameer, who I always thought was a gamer. Vince was probably the only one that looked like he was even trying to compete, and that’s a really bad sign for a team, when he looks like the only guy that cares!! I think we can safely say Rondo is Boston’s best player now, and will give any opposing guard fits on offense and defense. All those other guys they have aren’t too shabby themselves, and know what their roles are. I’m hoping that the Celtics can wrap it up in game four so they have plenty of time to rest before the finals. They should give the Lakers one tough battle in a wet dream matchup for the NBA with Lebron out of the picture (here’s to hoping that will jinx the Lakers with that comment).

The Suns are who I’ve been pulling for all along, and tonight, they at least showed that they weren’t going to lay down to an obviously better Lakers team. The thing I found so strange about this game is I thought that Phoenix’s bench would be the reason they’d win a game. This wasn’t the case, as the bench was held to minimal production, and if it weren’t for Amare getting back into his game (42 points, 11 rebounds), the sun would’ve set on their season tonight. Robin Lopez played well, and on this rare occasion the Lakers bigs weren’t the story of the night.  I’m not sure if the Suns really won this game as much as the Lakers lost it. Odom, who had huge games in the first two made his usual disappearing act following a couple big performances. Hopefully that will last for a couple games. Bynum was just a big guy handing out fouls as offensive players streaked by him to the rim. Fischer might have been their third best player on the court. I don’t think I’ve said that about him since he was on the Jazz! Kobe will always be Kobe, and just missed a triple double by a rebound. Doug Collins and Marv Alberts seemed to think that the zone D the Suns were playing was slowing Kobe down, but they must not have looked at his stat line (36pts, 9 rebs, 11 assists).

All in all, this game has me feeling like the Suns have a good shot to even this series up on Tuesday. I still wouldn’t bet on them to win, but the most promising part about tonight’s game is that they didn’t really play their best. Nash wasn’t spectacular, their bench didn’t help out, they shot the three ball horribly, and the barometer of the Suns success, J-Rich, didn’t score 20! Looking down the need to do list before the game, I figured they would need to do a combo of all of these things for them to win, and even though none of them panned out, they still pulled out victory. I think the real question now becomes is Amare satisfied with putting up his one big game or will he come back for more? If he is done, the Suns will have a tough road ahead. If he isn’t, we could be in for a great series! I hope tonight doesn’t make him feel like he showed us he can do it, and he disappears like he did in LA for the first two games. The Suns won’t win another game if that’s the case. I’m hoping he wasn’t just “lucky” tonight!

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13 responses to “Suns Are Keeping Me Interested

  • tophatal

    chappy 81

    Stan Van Gundy is now keeping me interested as he’s now on the clock. His brother Jeff however is making excuses for Stan’s malaprops . What’s new there then ?

    Sad news about the sudden death of former Dodgers’ pitcher Jose` Lima . He died of an apparent heart attack at age 37 .

    Alan Parkins

  • Chris Humpherys

    You’re right. There have been a lot of series that I thought would be competitive that turned out to be crappy, chappy.

    Hopefully, Celtics-Lakers will be a Finals to remember.

    • chappy81

      The NBA playoffs has been where boring happens. There might be some cool plays in the blowouts, but if game 3 was somewhat close we wouldn’t have seen the Rondo dive replay fifty times.

      Even though I can’t stand either of their fans or teams, I will be hoping for an epic series. I hope the Suns can spoil the NBA’s dream match up, but I don’t feel like LA would let that happen!

  • tophatal

    Chris Humpherys

    Hold your horses as there’s more to the Suns Lakers’ series to come than there is from the Celtics Magic series . So let’s not get ahead of ourselves now. I know you’re still in shock that the Magic have wilted quicker than Lindsay Lohan’s stint of being in rehab ! But what did you expect ?

    Alan Parkins

  • By

    I giving the Suns a puncher’s chance in this series, especially since we haven’t seen their best including their Game 3 win. Great points Chappy, Nash, J-Rich and the Phoenix bench hasn’t shown up to their usual standards, yet they’re one game away from putting pressure back on L.A. Thing is, the Suns can’t really count on Amare’ dropping 42 again, so it’s a coin-flip as to which team is going to win tomorrow …

  • tophatal

    chappy

    So this is what Chargers’ players do on their down time ? Who knew ?

    Chargers S Kevin Ellison arrested in Redondo Beach

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP)—San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison(notes) has been arrested in Redondo Beach on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

    Police say the 23-year-old was arrested Monday afternoon after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone near his former high school.

    Sgt. Peter Grimm says a search of Ellison’s vehicle turned up 100 pills of Vicodin, which is a controlled substance. He was booked and released on $10,000 bail.

    Grimm says Ellison didn’t have a prescription and even if he did, it was an unusually large amount of pills for a pharmacist to distribute.

    Ellison played four seasons for Southern California and started nine games as a rookie for the Chargers in 2009. His older brother Keith is a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills.

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    Alan Parkins

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