After the Suns took a commanding 3-0 series lead from a come-from-behind victory in Game 3, Planet Orange is dreaming of a sweep. No team in NBA history has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Spurs still won’t go quietly, but as the Suns prepare to try for a historic finish, here’s what they’re saying across the nation…
- On NBA.com, a video gives fans a look at the Suns’ locker room right after the stunning Game 3 win.
- At Hardwood Paroxysm, Matt Moore continues telling the theatric version of the Spurs-Suns playoff series: “We close the third act of our tale with the most unfamiliar of turns. The unknown to many but familiar to his kin, comes forth in a blaze of fury with rod and whip in hand, and drives the horses beyond the horizon. We approach the climax of our story, suddenly, much faster than we anticipated, stunned at how this progressed. Seriously, this has gotten out of hand, fast.”
- On ESPN.com, Marc Stein discusses the Spurs’ fall from being considered maybe the best No. 7 seed of all time to the verge of elimination.
- Andrew A. McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell looks on the (barely) bright side of the Spurs’ Game 3 loss: “For all that went so horribly, horribly wrong for the Spurs with their 110-96 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 3, there was one small victory. With the reinsertion of Tony Parker to the starting lineup for George Hill, Manu Ginobili was able to rediscover his shot.”
- The Arizona Republic‘s Paul Coro describes the strong relationship between Suns coach Alvin Gentry and Amare Stoudemire: “Gentry has fostered the best relationship with Stoudemire of any coach Stoudemire has had. It has served Gentry well to get the best all-around effort out of his star. It could serve the organization well, too. Outside contract parameters, Stoudemire’s affinity for playing for Gentry might be the best selling point the Suns have in keeping Stoudemire this summer — if he opts out of his contract’s final year.”
- Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express News on Tony Parker’s status: “Parker emerged from the Spurs’ Game 3 loss to the Suns with a lower back contusion, an inflamed right elbow and a sore right shoulder. X-rays on the back were negative, and he will not be listed on the Spurs’ injury report for Game 4.”
- At Bright Side of the Sun, Scott Howard takes an in-depth look at where Goran Dragic’s fourth-quarter outburst ranks in history.