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So we were in the 8th seed, then we were out of the 8th seed and now we're right back in the 8th seed with a delicious win over the Los Angeles Clippers last night.

It's crazy - This is and will continue to be a wild finish so let's take a look at where we stand today after the jump!


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So there we stand in sole possession of 8th place in the West with Utah and Houston right there pressing. The good news for Phoenix Suns fans is that we hold the tie-breaker with both the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets. So if we were to end the season in a tie with either (or both) of those teams it would be the Suns who get the nod into the Playoffs!

Let's take a look at what happened last night -

The only game that had any relevance to the Phoenix Suns was the Houston loss last night to the Eric Gordon Hornets. In games where Gordon plays, the Hornets are 6-2... crazy to think where that team could be if they were healthy all season. Anyways - the loss must have been so bad the writers at the Dream Shake drank themselves into a coma because they didn't have a recap up... and the win must have been so good for the writers at the Hive that they drank themselves to sleep and forgot to put one up. So I'm linking a recap by the organization that shall not be named.

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Hornets - Recap - April 19, 2012 - ESPN
Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Chase Budinger tied a season-high with 22 points for Houston (32-31), which dropped one game behind Utah (33-30) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games left.

"A very tough one for us. We needed this one tonight to hopefully try to get back in the playoffs," Budinger said. "This one definitely hurts everybody, hurts our team and hurts our chances. ... You can never give up. There's definitely still hope for us. You've just got to win out and hope that other teams lose."

Games to watch tonight? Watch the San Antonio v. the Lakers game and the OKC Thunder v. the Sacramento Kings games tonight as they (Spurs/Thunder) jockey for the 1st seed in the West - that battle will determine who we end up playing given that we make the playoffs as the eighth seed. You can pretty much write in a win for the Thunder tonight.

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Well, now that was certainly an entertaining "playoff" game. The Phoenix Suns didn't exactly play great, especially offensively, but unlike during other parts of the season, they came up big down the stretch. Putting Sebastian Telfair on Chris Paul for those final few possessions was genius and as you'll see in this video, Bassy has been playing through some rib issues.

Here's the video with Robin Lopez talking about his hit on Blake Griffin, Jared Dudley talking about getting hit by Kenyon Martin and then taking it out on poor Blake (and also calling Bassy the "Black Sasha Vujacic"), we hear from Steve Nash who was in a hurry to get somewhere, and we hear from The Black Sasha Vujacic himself.

You can read Blake's postgame comments about the hit here.

Here's the video highlights from the game.

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PHOENIX — US Airways Center was sleepy. It was a weird sight to see considering the Phoenix Suns had so much to fight for. The final playoff spot was on the line, and with the Houston Rockets...

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Who said JD had no hops? Look at that vertical! Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Somehow, the Phoenix Suns won this game against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Not exactly sure how, but they did it. The Suns' final 4 points came on free throws on two 50-50 calls that in LA would likely have gone the other way.

The Suns are back into the 8th spot in the playoff picture after Houston lost to Eric Gordon's New Orleans Hornets. And that's all that matters. The Suns' playoff hopes are alive.

But I digress. Back to the Suns beating the Clippers for the third time in four tries this season.

The key to the game? Sebastian Telfair's defense in the last 2:21 on Chris Paul. Sure, Paul scored the Clippers' last 6 points (4 on free throws) but Telfair was in Paul's grill the whole time, grinding the Clippers' offensive flow to a halt. And, of course, he blocked Paul's last shot right out of bounds. Boo yah!

The Suns bigs rebounded nicely from the other night. Marcin Gortat scored 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting, along with 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Channing Frye had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Robin Lopez made his presence known in the paint and Markieff Morris contributed 5 points and 7 boards on his own. The biggest thing was that each big man fought for every rebound and made their presence known in the paint.

Blake Griffin, after an easy 14 points in the game's first 10 minutes, scored only 2 more points thereafter (on free throws) and endured more hard fouls than open shot attempts. Frye and Lopez both hit him under the rim, and Dudley got in his grill on a loose ball.

Jared Dudley's foul was the first turning point in the game, to me. After the scuffle, Duds (18 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds) was hit with a T and the Suns were down 7 or 8 points. But then the team and the crowd seemed to come alive at that point, just when the Clippers seemed poised to pull away.

This Suns team is resilient and fiesty. They find a way to score and defend just enough to win games. Since the All-Star break, they are now 21-11 which is better than less than a handful of teams in the league.

The Suns did not play their best game tonight. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out just how they won. But win they did, and the playoffs are getting closer and closer.

Game balls go to Sebastian Telfair (13 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a big block) and Jared Dudley. Without them, the Suns lose this game in a big way.

BASSY KICKED SOME ASS-EE!. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE


Second Half Game Thread Roll Call:

Roll Call: Antwuan, ryansunsfan, Omaha Sun, modernage13, Aztiramtempe, atkammoh, suns68, phxpurple, Alex Laugan, djturbolence, Juac, East Bay Ray, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, ThatOtherCanadianKid, MMotherwell, SUNS PORTUGAL, wedge1039, The Solution, brian13, shawndy, haremoor, Ataraa, the new Bradfather, Beavis 25, Toon Army Sun, Jim Coughenour, noonoo, Lino Canaan, Suns R Us, NashMV3, nashtyish, sonicking, REneeR, HarvMel, ArizonaCactus, raxado, sreekar13, The Rising Phoenix, lee4, PhoenixSons, sidepart, WaveOcean, Dickwan Sasser, Divine Beast, grego85, Ohforf, PatrickPetersonAZ, JoeWisco, KnowGood, Berecki, Wichita SunSteeler, Piotr Szczesniak, Revkrazy
Total Users: 53
Total Posts: 1322
Total Threads: 1

Name # of Posts
Omaha Sun 95
Suns R Us 80
NashMV3 76
phxpurple 75
PhoenixSons 73
djturbolence 67
shawndy 62
Beavis 25 62
Lino Canaan 54
noonoo 50
Aztiramtempe 45
The Solution 44
WaveOcean 42
Jim Coughenour 41
the new Bradfather 40
Antwuan 33
Dickwan Sasser 33
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 32
sidepart 31
East Bay Ray 26
ThatOtherCanadianKid 25
raxado 24
ArizonaCactus 22
modernage13 19
HarvMel 16
The Rising Phoenix 13
wedge1039 13
Juac 12
grego85 11
ryansunsfan 9
haremoor 8
brian13 7
REneeR 7
JoeWisco 6
Ohforf 6
Alex Laugan 6
suns68 6
atkammoh 6
KnowGood 4
Wichita SunSteeler 4
Divine Beast 3
lee4 3
MMotherwell 3
PatrickPetersonAZ 2
Berecki 2
Piotr Szczesniak 2
Ataraa 2
nashtyish 2
Revkrazy 1
sonicking 1
Toon Army Sun 1
sreekar13 1

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