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I am not going to pretend to fully understand the power of The Force...or of the Star Wars movie franchise for that matter.
I do vividly remember standing in line in 1976 to see the original Star Wars at the old Cine Capri in Phoenix. It was hot. I was six. The movie was AWESOME.
I have no memory of when I saw Empire Strikes Back for the first time but you better believe I had plenty of action figures and my own Luke Skywalker laser pistol. In fact, I do remember being at my friend Harry's house playing Star Wars when we got the news that Elvis died. We didn't cry.
I absolutely remember riding my bike to the brand new Westridge Mall to see Return of the Jedi in 1983. I was 13 and rode the shit out of my bike which had over-sized saddle baskets for my paper route. I used my paper route money to buy Dungeons and Dragons stuff and Lego's. I was a geek.
Those three Star Wars movies were a big part of my childhood and yet, I didn't turn out to be a Star Wars fanatic like many of you who are much younger than me. Perhaps I don't have the right amount of midichlorians in my blood (geek cred!).
For those of you who are in fact Star Wars geeks and also Suns fans (of course you are), the folks at the Phoenix Suns have put together a very special night just for you.
Here's the details: The game is February 13 vs the Sacramento Kings so you are almost guaranteed to see a win. Right? If nothing else you are guaranteed to see this: Suns Dancers in Princess Leia costumes.
Note: One thing that you might not be able to read in that fine print that I want to make sure no one missed...
In-game Star Wars entertainment. Can you say Suns Dancers in Princess Leia costumes?
And as a special treat -- thanks to our friends at Suns.com -- we are giving away a Phoenix Suns Star Wars T-shirt to one lucky Bright Side of the Sun reader.
All you have to do to win this T-shirt is post a picture of you and/or your Star Wars stuff on our Facebook page.
The winner will be selected by me based on which picture I like the best (which is say it is completely arbitrary). I will then fire the T-shirt at the winner's home using a T-Shirt cannon designed by Imperial Forces to destroy entire planets. Or I might just mail it to you. This is open to all you, regardless of which planet you live on.
First of all, we need to thank the Warriors for shooting so horribly tonight.
As a team, the Warriors shot only 43%, carried by Reggie Williams (8-10) and Ekpe Udoh (3-5). No other GS player made more than half their shots.
For Monta Ellis (5 for 17), only 1 other game this year has he made fewer baskets on that many shots (4-19 against the Clippers on January 9). Stephen Curry (7-17) has had a few games like this, which surprises me since he's such a great shooter. I really think Curry's career is going to be limited as long as plays next to the equally diminutive Ellis.
Second of all, we need to thank birthday boys Steve Nash (14 pts, 15 assists) and Mikael Pietrus (12 points in the second quarter) for carrying the Suns to the win. Until a late flurry of 3s by Frye/Nash/Dudley we had yet another potential 4th quarter meltdown as the Warriors cut the lead to 4 with 5 minutes left. Luckily, the Warriors went cold yet again and only scored 17 of their own points that quarter.
Give some credit to the Suns defense, especially in the first half. Every Warriors shot was contested, which is a far cry from earlier in the season. As I wrote in the largely-unread preview post, the Suns are holding opponents to 102.2 points per 100 possessions over the past 12 games and tonight they were just as effective. League average is 104 and climbing, so that's not bad.
Oh yeah, and Grant Hill was really good again. 18 points on offense + sticky defense on Ellis and Curry and anyone else in his way. He got into Ellis' head in the first half, abusing him on post-ups till Ellis was completely frustrated out of his game.
One final thought: why pull Gortat at the end? I guess its for scoring, but then the Suns couldn't get any rebounds when they needed it and that's because Frye was the biggest guy on the court.
Anyway, good win.
It's late. I'm tired.