One Eye Wonder
Suns Sweep Spurs 4-0
Payback. Revenge. Getting Even.
The Phoenix Suns finally got rid of the
enemy San Antonio Spurs sweeping them 4 games to nada. After Steve Nash caught a sharp elbow to the eye in the 3rd quarter he returned in the 4th to beat the Spurs with one eye. San Antonio fought until the buzzer but just didn’t punch hard enough losing 107-101 to Los Suns. JHTV interviewed Manu Ginobli after the game and he had this to say…
Back in March I did a playoff preview and predicted the Suns to win the title. The Suns have been my favorite team since Nash came back from Dallas but I only “hoped” they could win a title, but still doubted they were on that championship level.
Every year was the same story with the Spurs putting out the Suns. After missing the playoffs last year everyone was ready to close the book on the Nash era. What I saw in the 2008-09 season was bad coaching (Terry Porter), a player not fitting in (Shaquille O’Neal), and a good team playing catch up with a new and improved coach (Alvin Gentry).
After watching the Suns this season I saw the heart, the chemistry, the hunger, and THE DEFENSE. When the trade deadline passed and Amare Stoudemire stayed and went on a rampage for the rest of the season I knew the Suns would be a problem in the playoffs.
When the Phoenix Suns became the Los Suns on Cinco De Mayo to protest the Arizona immigration law they created their own identity. To make a political statement in sports is rare and most teams are financially afraid to take the initiative to express their views. I think the law is racist and unethical, and it was good to see the Suns show they don’t agree with it.
Western Conference Finals Prediction – Lakers vs. Suns
Going into the Conference Finals the Phoenix Suns will be big underdogs against the Los Angeles Lakers (when they put Utah out) but I don’t see the reigning champions advancing. The Lakers are bigger, have home court advantage, and have one of the greatest players in NBA history in Kobe Bryant.
The reason the Suns will walk out of the battle victorious is because of heart. Steve Nash is, in my opinion, the best all around point guard ever, and any player on the Suns can step up on any given night. The L.A. Lakers are a great team but not quite that hungry team playing with a sense of urgency that they were last year. This series will definitely be the biggest test of toughness for Los Suns, but a test they can pass.