Video: Jermaine O'Neal goaltends as Rockets stun the Suns



Jermaine O’Neal pulled about as unsavvy a move as can be on Tuesday night as the Rockets beat the Suns in stunning fashion — on a after-the-buzzer goaltending call on a James Harden three-point attempt. At the same time, the move was perfectly fitting for Phoenix’s season. And it also avoided the risk of the Suns pulling out a victory in overtime and hurting their lottery positioning.

The 101-98 loss to Houston kept the Suns 1.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third-worst record in the league. The Cavs blew a huge lead on Tuesday as the Indiana Pacers outscored them 35-10 in the fourth quarter to win by five points.

  • Dennis

    O’Neal is an emotional player and plays with intensity. It was at the end of the game and emotions were high. It shouldn’t have happened but rebounding is a reactionary activity. I’m sorry we lost but I can understand how this happened. Much easier to take this loss this way that recent losses that were blowouts.

  • Scott

    I’m okay with it. I wanted the Suns to play hard and then lose.

  • Azbballfan

    Oneals play kept the Suns firmly entrenched in the third worst record in the NBA

    if it ends up that the Suns win would have moved them down a few spots in the lottery due to losing ping pong balls, well then hey JO just did us a huge favor

    he never should have even jumped

    but oh well

    The Suns showed great effort tonight

    Lakers won and Jazz lost so

    Lakers have to win tomorrow at Portland

    Jazz have 3 more games left, 2 against Minny and one on the road against Memphis

    If the Jazz win these two against minny, a banged up lotto team, they are in

    i think the magic number is 2 right now

    either laker losses or jazz wins

    go Jazz!

  • Luka

    Jermaine O’Neal received instructions, through an invisible ear piece, to blow the final play of the game. Lon Babby was implicated as being responsible for setting up the wireless blu-tooth communique. However he masked the IP address to make it appear that the signal came from the arena wi-fi.

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com hawki

    Azbballfan writes :
    “if the jazz win these two against minny, a banged up lotto team, they are in”

    I don’t think so….with the lakers win last night, they now control their own destiny.
    The lakers have 4 games left….@Portland & home games vs Golden St. , San Antonio & Houston.
    If the lakers win out, the jazz can NOT catch them.

  • foreveris2long

    Dennis, Well said. Absolutely Hawk the Lakers control their own destiny. It will be interesting however if Warriors, Spurs or Rockets rest players if their position is set. I would think they would try hard to knock the Lakers out of the playoffs in the regular season to avoid them in the playoffs.

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  • john

    O’Neal was just trying to be a team player. The Suns needed to lose to keep their lottery hopes intact. Sure, they could have just laid down in overtime, but O’Neal didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Well done, JO. Well done.

  • Azbballfan

    the Jazz own the tie breaker and a win over a team thats done for the season only gets you half a game

    Lakers gotta win out and hope the Jazz lose

  • Azbballfan

    which reminds me, Jazz loss and Lakers win means they still trail the Jazz by half a game going into tonights game at Portland

    Its the Jazz position to lose with the tie breaker

  • john

    “Lakers gotta win out and hope the Jazz lose.”

    If the Lakers win out, they don’t have to hope.

    The Lakers are 41-37. If they win out, they will be 45-37.

    The Jazz are 41-38. If they win out, they will be 44-38.

    What the Lakers have to do is lose the same amount (or fewer, obviously) of games as the Jazz from here on out.

    For instance, if the Jazz lose twice more and finish 42-40, the Lakers can lose twice more and finish 43-39. Voila, the Lakers are in the playoffs.

    The Lakers are indeed in control of their destiny. The odds are slightly in their favor at this point.

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