Game 4: The Anticlimax

So you guys remember Game 3 of this series, right? Dragic went off for 132 points in the 4th quarter alone while simultaneously solving our country’s financial problems and eradicating the homelessness situation in America? Seriously, though…that was awesome. It was straight-up amazing. But the thing about that amazing performance and the resulting win for the Suns was…didn’t it make Game 4 seem kind of pointless?

Maybe it was just me, but this series had a sense of inevitability to it.  There wasn’t a single moment during the entire span of 16 quarters where I had even the slightest inkling that the Suns would lose.  Sure, there were a couple of relatively close games.  Sure, the Spurs led by 18 at one point in Game 3.  But no matter what happened, it felt like the Suns were in total control from start to finish.  That Game 3 performance by Dragic really hammered that point home, didn’t it?  So by the time Game 4 rolled around, I don’t know…

Now, don’t get me wrong.  That performance by Steve Nash was off-the-charts amazing.  Takin’ the elbow, runnin’ back for a few stitches, playin’ the rest of the game lookin’ like Toxy…awesome.  But it still felt inevitable to me.  I know that a lot of Suns folk out there feel differently, that seeing Nash head back to the locker room brought on all sorts of bad memories and a feeling of dread.  I never felt that for even a second.  The game was inevitable.  Nash was gonna get stitched up back there and come out and finish things up.  Even though the Spurs went on a brief tear while Nash was getting hisself fixed, I knew the game was over.

So I guess what I’m saying is…NEXT!  I mean, this series was just a stepping stone to the Western Conference Finals, right?  And it’s not like I’m trying to say the Spurs were any slouch.  The Spurs may be old and less than they once were, but they’re still a good team.  And they had just finished beating up on the Mavericks before they ran into the buzzsaw.  But right now?  The Suns are just good.  And by good I mean real good.  And by real good I mean, hell yes they can beat the Lakers so long as they keep playing like they have been so far.  But we’ll get to that later this week.

One last thing I want to say about the Spurs…I wonder if things would’ve turned out any differently if there had been an official other than Joey Crawford assigned to Game 2.  I mean, that was really the worst game the Suns played during the series, but they had a significant advantage at the free-throw line, and Joey took his record to 5-1 against the Spurs in their last 6 playoff games together.  I talked about it in full detail here.  Again, I surely don’t feel bad for the Spurs, because they’ve been that team with the Papa Stern advantage more times than I care to remember.  But it sure does bother me that this shit continues to happen in the NBA and nobody cares.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some early thoughts on how the Suns will continue the process of inevitability against the Lakers…

Next Suns Game Full schedule »
Friday, Oct 2424 Oct7:00at Utah JazzBuy Tickets

Tags: Spurs Suns Sweep

comments powered by Disqus