What a game? First Robert Horry hip checks Steve Nash into the scorers table, then players were ejected, and then there was a mascot fight.
I thought I would make something up because I didn’t watch much of this game. I didn’t watch because tip-off was after 10:30pm on the East Coast. As Colin Cowherd says, I have a big boy job and can’t stay up until 1am watching hoops on a weekday.
Here is was really did happen. Basically, the Suns had a 10 point halftime lead and held off two late Spurs charges to win the game.
Steve Nash went off for 33 points and 10 dimes. He showed no ill effects from the hip injury he suffered in Game 3 of the first round series. He has rested since that series ended and is showing no signs of soreness. Jason Richardson also scored 27 while Amare Stoudemaire poured in 23 and grabbed 13 boards.
The Spurs big three, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, scored 20, 27, and 26 respectively. The problem is the rest of the team only scored 29 points total. George Hill, who used the 3-ball to smoke the Mavs in the first round, was 2 for 9 from the field, including missing all five of his three point attempts. Richard Jefferson was held to only 5 points on 1 of 3 shooting.
There is some hope in these numbers though. The Spurs got very little from their supporting cast and were still able to make runs and keep the game close late. Hill and Jefferson are not going to be held in check like that for the rest of the series. They also have plenty of experience in beating the Suns in the playoffs.
The Suns realize all of this too though. They have already been saying that they aren’t going to rest on their laurels and throw a parade just yet. Steve Nash pointed out that they still have to maintain home court advantage by winning Game 2. Also in the Suns’ favor is the fact that in this round of the NBA playoffs, when the home team wins Game 1, historically they win the series 88% of the time.
I expect this series to get physical and chippy. The Spurs and Suns historically play against each other aggressively and with a little hostility. All it will take is one hard foul or one errant elbow and the heat will be on.
One interesting note for game 2…The Suns are going to wear jerseys that say “Los Suns”, on Cinco De Mayo, in response to the Arizona immigration legislation.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.