Are Suns fans over confident? Probably.....
Just kidding :) I think we are properly confident. Surviving a nightmare collapse in Game 1 plus the laws of basketball gravity (size matters) plus depth and the probability that Timmy will wear down ... all that favors Phoenix.
Besides, what else would I say?
Suns Fans Very Confident About Game 1 Win, But Should They Be? | SB Nation
Then again, perhaps the real issue with the small lineup is that Popovich rolled it out too early. There's an argument to be made that it was better suited to being used later in the series, when the Suns weren't expecting it. Now that the Suns have seen it, they can make adjustments early in the series to counter it. I guess we'll see about that.
Jon Barry giving the Suns some love..(via Sport 620 KTAR)
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- Nash Lands First Punch in Latest Slugfest With Spurs | NBA FanHouse
If an NBA neophyte fan wandered into the Phoenix locker room late Monday night, they would have mistaken Steve Nash for a Suns staff member angling for a free meal.
- Paul Coro - Signs said to get Nashty | azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Suns dish
Coro's Suns dish: Phoenix Suns update: Three fans' signs on the San Antonio bench's side of the arena all gave the Spurs their warning. "Let's get Nashty," read each of the three signs, dotting US Airways Center's south lower bowl. The man with the bum... />
- Paul Coro - J-Rich's riches and more notes | azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Suns dish
Richardson always has been a scorer but he has never looked more confident in purple and orange than these playoffs, when he is averaging a team-high 24 points and shooting 54 percent from the field and 51 percent from 3-point range. He never has had a reputation for clutch shots but that was another one he hit Monday night, when he iced the game with a 3-pointer that put Phoenix ahead by eight with 1:23 remaining.
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PHOENIX -- There was a point in the Suns' Game 1 win over the Spurs when Gregg Popovich decided to have one of his players
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PHOENIX -- The Spurs finished just seventh in the Western Conference during the regular season, but the reasons for that were obvious.
- Game 1 win sets the tone for the series | Valley of the Suns
There’s a reason that the team that wins Game 1 takes about four out of every five series in the NBA. Grant Hill was talking on Saturday about how Tim Duncan’s three-pointer that capped a 16-point comeback in Game 1 of Suns-Spurs two years ago just kind of demoralized the Suns to the extent that it took them a couple games to recover (and at that point it was too late). Hill thought the same thing happened to the Spurs in the West Finals that year when they blew a 20-point lead to the Lakers in Game 1 and never recovered either, losing in five games. Hill said Spurs player corroborated that observation after the fact. As far as Suns-Spurs goes, Game 1 has always made for a telling and/or bizarre game this decade.
- Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash comes up big
This team has a chip on its shoulder the size of the Grand Canyon. The Spurs are a reminder of how they've failed, not succeeded. Fans, too. They held a fair share of anti-Spurs signs and couldn't get enough of yelling at Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Richardson finished with 27 points while shooting 10-for-16 from the field and 3-for-6 from downtown. The Suns are now 30-4 this season (regular season and playoffs) when Richardson scores 20-plus points. On the other end of the good-suck spectrum is Jefferson, who logged 33 minutes but scored only 5 points on 1-for-3 shooting. Remember: This guy was supposed to be the Difference Maker for the 2009-10 Spurs. Instead, he's been their Walton's foot.
- George Hill: Hill is still starting at PG for San Antonio, and like Jefferson he played for 33 minutes. Too bad he forgot to contribute. The line: 2-for-9 from the field, 0-for-5 from beyond the arc, and only 1 assist. And Nash abused him so badly I'm surprised the Department of Family and Protective Services wasn't called in.
- John Hollinger leads the Smackdown | TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
Stat Geeks agree the playoffs are fairly predictable... except for that one series with the teams from Phoenix and San Antonio.
- Suns avoid Game 1 collapse | ESPN
Yet you would also have to say, based on this evidence, that it's going to be a vintage Suns-Spurs series on the drama scale, despite the repeated pleas from Gentry and other Phoenix types that the Suns' painful playoff history with these guys should be ignored, since so many Suns are new to the tension these teams generate.
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You can’t get too excited – they’re a team with a great pedigree that knows how to come back in a series. I think we played well on both ends, did a phenomenal job on the boards, but we’ve got to stay hungry and get ready for Game 2.
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Do you know what nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.? -Bricktop, Snatch (2000)
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Matt Moore waxes operatic about Game 1.