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It's the end of the season as we know it and I'm not fine.... Lets face it, no playoffs, Suns are done, it's over. Is it even worth our time to sit back and watch these remaining, meaningless games? Why bother? What's the point? Is there one? The Suns suck and if Scott Howard is right which he unfortunately tends to be, then their future may suck too.

Yet, for some reason I still find myself having to say in the voice of Ferris Bueller, "You're still here? It's over. Go home. Go."

...and nobody listens.

Maybe that's just because it's me (doubt it) or it's because true fans love their team and will fall and rise with them no matter what. Well, I think it's because...actually I have no ideal, so I made a poll.

Anyway, I got some good stuff for you guys today, so check it out!

A Suns And Timberwolves Matchup!

In other words, I bring you a "winnable" game, so listen up. The (37-40) Phoenix Suns will be facing the (17-61) Minnesota Timberwolves. They've lost 11 games in a row and are currently (12-27) at home. The Suns are (16-22) on the road. That's not good, but it should be good enough to beat this team. Don't get me wrong though, this game is no cakewalk as evident by the last meeting against them. It will be tough, it will be hard, it will be difficult, it will be frustrating, it will be boring and it will drag on and on. One of these losers will come out a winner, but only for a day, so here are the match-ups worth mentioning.

Wait! Forget it, scratch that, everything I just said. I just found out that Kevin Love and Darko Milicic won't be playing. Bummer! Really this sucks, I was going to write this lovely, beautiful, knowledgeable, thoughtful, informative, insightful, mesmerizing, amazing, detailed post about the exciting match-up between Marcin Gortat and Kevin Love. I mean that's really all we had to look forward to this game, besides the awesomeness that is Steve Nash and Grant Hill as well as the expected win, but...gee, I don't know what to say anymore? Kevin Love just had to go and get hurt, he killed it..., so here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to talk about the Franco-Prussian War.

 

Kidding, I won't talk about that. I have a better ideal. Two ideals in fact, so bear with me.

1. Knowing how things suck right now and how the future of this franchise will probably be for the next 3 to something odd years, I did the only thing I could do and went out of my way to seek advice on how to cope through it. And I went to the best, Timberwolve fans.

Suns fan here

"How do you guys do it? How do you suck for so long? How do you continue to put forth the effort to support a crappy team night in and night out when you know the games are meaningless, when you know that you'll miss the playoffs? It's been 7 years since you last made the playoffs, 4 of those with less than 30 wins..." -Beavis

For those of you who are interested, click here for the answers and hold "Ctrl-F" and type my name, Beavis.

2. This has been done before, but not in a while. We have some new faces, monderage13, PHXMRORNG, REneer, Zentrifed, lixuec...just to name a few. BSOTS would like to know how you became a Suns fan? Well, I would like to know, plus I forgot many of the reader's stories on here as it is. Sorry, I promise to remember this time.

Alrighty than, lets do this!

Here, have some Links

Poll
Suns fans, you know it's over, but why do you continue to watch?

  266 votes | Results


NBA Power Rankings: Bye, Bye Phoenix Suns

Welcome to the next-to-last edition of the NBA Power Rankings, wherein the Phoenix Suns are crashing and burning and the Denver Nuggets are doing something kind of opposite of that.


“The big thing for us is we just haven’t been able to finish games. All of these games we’ve been able to be right there. The whole inconsistency has been our Achilles’ heel....

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Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat (4) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Chicago. The Bulls defeated the Suns 97-94.

 

The Suns revamped, er, reorganized starting unit played very well in the first quarter as the Suns kept the game close, but it was a terrible 2nd quarter in which the Suns only mustered 16 points that the pulls pulled out to a double-digit lead. 

By the middle of the 3rd quarter the lead for Chicago had ballooned to 22 and I was ready to call AAA for the blowout (ba-boom - chang!) but something strange and majestically fantastic happened!  The creature known as Vince Carter awoke and decided to play with heart, determination, and actually with some efficacy!  He and the bench helped the Suns evaporate the large lead and the game actually came down to a final possession as the Suns were down by only 3 points in with 11 seconds to make a play.  It failed and the Suns lost falling to 37-40 as Bulls move up to 57-20. 

Grant Hill's defense was stellar - Nash dished 16 assists, Vince had a decent game and the Suns showed heart and fight despite losing this game and despite falling to a nearly 25 point deficit.  That's all that we as the fans, and Alvin Gentry as the coach can ask at this point. 

NOW SHOW ME THE LOTTO!!!!!!  See it's a win-win even when we lose... and we lose again!  :)

Let's take a very detailed and professional look at what happened tonight - after the jump.


Final - 4.5.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix Suns 24 16 30 24 94
Chicago Bulls 25 28 28 16 97

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PSYCHE!!!  Why would we do that!?

So we were playing a game right?  Let's see how well we all did - here are the answers to the Game Preview 21 questions.

21 Questions + ANSWERS.  BAM. 

  1. Can Gortat, Frye, and Lopez play efficient defense against Boozer's post game or Noah's lanky everywhereness or Kurt Thomas' crying and cheap-shot-veteranizing? Weeeellll,  Lopez had 4 fouls in 3 minutes of playing time.  FAIL.
  2. More importantly in my book - can Frye and Gortat stay out of early foul trouble? BAM.  Done and Done. Both played average defense in the 1st half and great defense in the 2nd.  Lot's of kudos. 
  3. Can Vince stop pretending like he's injured?  I know the answer to that. I thought he was actually going to pull this one off... BUUUUUUUUT, the offense came in the 4th quarter with 3:55 seconds as Korver tried to run through his screen.  Vince was hit with a blocking foul and immediately he went down in seeming excruciating pain... PSYCHE!  not 5 seconds later he was sprinting around just fine.  
  4. Will Steve be healthy enough to run the offense and bring some equilibrium back to the team? Can I get a hot tub!  He sho 'nuf did exactly that.  What did he end up with 45 assists?
  5. Can Aaron Brooks do something?Yeah he had like 2 pretty good assists.... attaboy A.B.?
  6. Which Hakim Warrick will we see?  Good Hak or terrible Hak? It was Good Hak, except for 2 bad jump-shots, Hak was high-flyin' and had some strong rebounds and defensive contributions.  Good job Hakim.
  7. Will Josh Childress be more productive alongside Steve Nash now that he's getting some consistent minutes? Well, I was wrong in wondering if he'd play with Nash and he didn't... But it didn't matter who he played with - he was part of the reason and the unit that cut the Bulls 23 point lead down.  Offensive rebounds, steals, D-rebounds, good D.  It was good night to be JChill.
  8. Will Jared Dudley continue his double-digit scoring streak? Most definitely he did fine sir - and he convincingly smashed dunk #9 on the season, even hanging a little on the rim as if to say to his teammates and those who serve as the JD Dunk Panel, "What B*#$%? Das a DUnK."  - on another note - Dudley did not get any calls from the officials tonight and he repeatedly attempted to drive and subsequently get hammered.  Terrible officiating tonight on both ends.  That's all.
  9. Will Robin Lopez be blocked by Noah or Asik trying to dunk? Ahem. Cough. The box score says he had 1 shot attempt... but quite honestly I can't remember what it was.  We'll just assume he was blocked by Scalabrine - who did not play today.
  10. Will Zabian Dowdell get PT if Brooks or Nash can't produce?  Well, Z's chances of playing tonight ended when he took his pants off before the game. 
  11. Will our game-thread have more than 800 comments?  I never doubted you guys.  See the comment thread recap below.
  12. Will Scott Howard or PanamaSun have tweets worthy of postgame recap display? Nope.  And I'm sorely disappointed.
  13. Can Channing knock down open shots tonight (assuming Boozer will be guarding him)? Channing played some OKAY defense and GOOD defense at times... but 5-15 won't cut it.  The answer is no he did not.
  14. Can Grant Hill give Rose a hard time tonight? Did we ever doubt BAMF?  Grant Hill gave Derrick Rose fits, Rose only had 19 points on 6-15 shooting.
  15. Will Grant Hill's offensive game be 'on' tonight? An efficient 60% from the field for 13 cool points.  Great job as always President Hill.
  16. Will Bogans explode for 34 and emerge a newborn SunKiller? Hahahahaha.
  17. Will Boozer at some point be fouled for an AND1 and look into the camera yelling something inaudible while clenching his right hand in a fist? Man I'm good - it happened twice, once in the first half... but he was actually called for an offensive foul and quickly his 'oooh mean' face turned into one of bewilderment.  Then in the second half he actually got an AND 1 and to my surprise clenched BOTH hands, not just one!  Interesting indeed! Now the real question should have been, will we get a classic Boozer curse word yelled into the under-basket mic, it didn't happen but that would have been a good question.
  18. Will Derrick Rose produce a 'Dunk of the Night' when Brooks is forced to guard him?  NOPE, and I was honestly surprised - at one point Rose was all alone on the break after a Suns turnover.. but he had some butterfingers and couldn't corral the ball and had to pull it out before busting on the rim hard for a dunk.
  19. What will Gortat say in his post-game interview given another bad loss to a great team? TBD
  20. What will Gortat say in his post-game interview given a surprising victory over a great team? N/A
  21. How many tweets will @stuff_ej_says produce tonight?  (Since EJ is going to be in his home-town - I'm expecting him to be on his 'A' game tonight) I haven't seen any yet.  Sad face. If you can remember something EJ said that was good go ahead and COMMENT fools!

Well there you have it folks!  It was a sad loss but an ugly game turned entertaining and encouraging!  Good stuff!  See you next time!




Oh yeah - visit Blog a Bull if you want talk about how Rose is the MVP and other playoff relevant stuff.

 

COMMENT THREAD AMAZINGNESS

P.S. - Zentrified - you said you'd add 100 and you were short.  I'm disappointed. :(

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Trevor Paxton 64
shawndy 62
keiththejourno 58
Piotr Szczesniak 43
noonoo 41
Alex Laugan 39
ArizonaCactus 30
HarvMel 29
Gatesss 29
Migonads 26
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 25
Juac 24
MarsupialRogue 22
2NASHTY 21
Skii 20
TheAlexSkinner 17
East Bay Ray 16
2time 13
brian13 12
SUNS PORTUGAL 11
sungod 10
ilintar 10
PHXgp 10
rdgroce 6
Eutychus 6
rsavaj 6
RMason 6
Catamaran1 3
REneeR 3
modernage13 3
rzyn 3
WaveOcean 3
sonicking 2
the_real_MikeT 2
b0rd3rline 2
SunKing 2
SunsFan@TheOffice 1
Spit_Fire 1
Will Smith 1
Grey_Hound 1
oneway

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"Good to have you back Steve!", "Thanks for the shorts Grant!" (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

 

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