Man, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these things, and have I ever missed it. I’m sure everybody reading this blog is overjoyed that the NBA is back, as am I of course.
If it feels like it’s been forever since the Suns last played a game that counted, that’s because it has been, 195 days to be exact since Phoenix’s 2008-09 season finale against Golden State. For you wise guys, you could say it’s been 205 days since the Phoenix Suns played a game that counted, with that day being April 5 in Dallas.
But no reason to look back at that massacre, there’s only reason to look ahead to do a day like today when the Suns are undefeated and hope is in no short supply for a team like the Suns.
Aside from the strange symbolism that Amare Stoudemire will return to the scene of the crime of his season-ending eye injury, where he will play his personal third straight regular season game against the Clippers, you would usually say, “What an easy way to start off the season,” especially against a team that played Tuesday night on the road (OK, on the road in their own building, but still).
However, although the Clips rolled over and played dead for the Suns four times last season, I don’t think Los Angeles will be anywhere close to winning the Draft Lottery this year. I really believe that this team will be the Suns’ biggest competition for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference if the Suns don’t finish safely ahead of that spot.
Look at that starting lineup: Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman with a loaded bench led by Marcus Camby. If they stay healthy that team is damn scary.
Then again, this is the Clippers we’re talking about, so bad things will inevitably happen. And of course they already have with Taylor’s Little Brother suffering a broken kneecap at the tail end of the preseason that will keep him on the shelf for about six weeks.
Those kinds of things happen when you’re the Clippers, and that’s why I’m ultimately not too scared about the Clips bettering the Suns. But I will say this, the talent is there, and they really should surpass expectations so long as Baron doesn’t get fat again and they don’t get decimated by injuries again.
I’ve kind of been expecting the Suns to lose this game, sans the suspended Jason Richardson, for the past few months that I’ve been staring at this schedule, but with Los Angeles missing Griffin, I think the Suns will start off 2009-10 the right way.