New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul (3) drives the lane as Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 25, 2011, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

"In the end, the lost lead is what probably puts the nail in a lost season."

-Mr. Coro

so true.

 

The Phoenix Suns fought hard but couldn't close the deal tonight. They had the lead throughout the game. They led in the 4th quarter, and they lost that lead as the New Orleans Hornets went on a 9-4 run to end the game.

The Suns were without the services of Marcin Gortat in the 4th. The Polish Hammer somehow managed to get his faced tangled up with Steve Nash's head and busted his nose. Gortat joined Vince Carter (flu symptoms?), Mickael Pietrus (knee), and Robin Lopez (sucking) on the bench during crunch time.

Paul went for 22/5/7 for the Hornets, but the awful truth is that the Suns were set to get some space at the outset of the 2nd half and failed to do so. The Hornets hung around just long enough to break through on the Suns and hold on for a W as the Suns scored 4 points in the final 4 minutes in the 4th quarter.

The Suns are technically still alive for the postseason, but they once again blew a chance to makeup ground on Memphis who lost to Chicago tonight. This is the bright side people, but not the delusional side. It would take a monumental effort and tremendous amount of luck (which the Suns haven't seemed to maintain this season) for our beloved to make the post-season.

The Good News:

That is all i can think of to be happy about. This game should have been a win en route to a series of wins for the Suns en route to a huge and exciting and fun playoff push. But it wasn't meant to be.

I hate cliches.

More Bad News/Commentary:

Watching Robin Lopez pick up 4 fouls, a T, and 1 (one) rebound in 4 minutes of play is pathetic. If Lopez is healthy as everyone is claiming, how is it that his game has gone to crap? Amare's absence perhaps? The emergence of Gortat? I'm just spitballin' here. What's the major change from last season when Lopez played well and aggressive, and somewhat consistent? I'm at a loss really, if I am missing something, please someone educate me.

It's easy to say that you like Aaron Brooks after watching him tonight. So, I will go ahead and say it. This kid is a player. He's tenacious and fiery and aggressive and a little wild. I like it. It's got style to it. Tonight Brooks hit a couple of 35-footers. That kind of range is insane. Not sure if Brooks could ever become a top flight PG in the NBA. Doubtful. Nevertheless he's fun to watch.

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Please, not Gortat. Crap


PHOENIX AZ - JANUARY 30:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns makes a leaping pass guarded by Jason Smith #14 and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 30 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. The Suns defeated the Hornets 104-102. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


"It ain't over 'til it's over."

-Yogi Berra

 

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"Obviously, it's something I've got to adjust to. My game was kind of based around that (explosiveness). Hopefully, it will come back but until then I've got to figure out how to play without that. It will make me a better all around player."


Grant Hill runs from media while wearing UA Wildcats Gear

Exclusive video! TMZ style, as Hill runs through the parking lot (walks fast anyway) and gets in his car to avoid the lens. But we got him! (sort of).

Also video of Frye and Grant both talking about the Wildcats win over Duke.

Fun stuff all around.


New Orleans Hornets 106, Phoenix Suns 100 PHOENIX — With 12 games remaining and a three-game deficit for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference — not to mention a brutal road...

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