Let's look at what they're saying around the rest of SB Nation about the early NBA playoff action, on those blogs fortunate enough to have teams in the playoffs this year. Since the Suns aren't in it, seeing our rivals lose is the next best thing, right?

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, Game 1 (best of 7 series)

1 2 3 4 Total
MEM 27 18 25 31 101
SA 22 21 31 24 98

Points: Z. Randolph ( MEM) 25, T. Parker (SA) 20
Rebounds: Z. Randolph (MEM) 14, T. Duncan (SA) 13
Assists: M. Conley (MEM) 10, T. Parker (SA) 5

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 49 points as Memphis upset the top seed in the West, who were missing the injured Manu Ginobili. Shane Battier made a clutch 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 3 point lead with 23.9 seconds remaining. Richard Jefferson then missed an open 3 as time expired to seal the deal. How come Jefferson never misses open 3s down the stretch when he plays the Suns?

Spurs fans at Pounding the Rock don't seem overly concerned. "Spurs Lose to Grizzlies, and All is Well"

Grizzlies fans are, uh, wildly celebrating into the night? "Photo Finish: Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98"

Jump it for the rest of the summaries.

New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers, Game 1 (best of 7 series)

1 2 3 4 Total
26 29
36 109
24 23 25

Points: C. Paul (NOH) 33, K. Bryant (LAL) 34
Rebounds: C. Paul (NOH) 7, R. Artest (LAL) 11
Assists: C. Paul (NOH) 14, P. Gasol (LAL) 6

Chris Paul beasted for 33 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds. Wow! Jarrett Jack and Aaron Gray combined to chip in 27 points off the bench as the Hornets took game 1 from the defending champs. Pau Gasol was held to 8 points on 2-8 shooting from the field, and Kobe's 34 points were not enough to prevent the upset.

Lakers fans over at Silver Screen and Roll are crossing their arms and pouting. "We Are Not Amused."

Hornets fans are ready to erect a Chris Paul statue in the French Quarter. "The Chris Paul Show."


New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, Game 1 (best of 7 series)

1 2 3 4 Total
24 15
23 28

Points: R. Allen (BOS) 24, A. Stoudemire (NYK) 28
Rebounds: K. Garnett (BOS) 13, A. Stoudemire (NYK) 11
Assists: R. Rondo (BOS) 9, C. Billups, C. Anthony (NYK) 4

Ray Allen hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left. The Knicks gave Carmelo Anthony the ball to try to tie or win down by 2, and Melo chucked up an ill-advised, contested, long-distance 3-point attempt that missed as the Celtics held serve in game 1. It was bittersweet to see Amare Stoudemire go for 28 and 11. Can't help but think of what he could've done on a team where the point guard is assisting him more than the 4 Billups provided. Steve Nash gets 4 assists in his sleep.

Celtics fans are hoping to avoid a heart attack. Game 1, Round 1: Where This is Gonna be Fun.

Knicks fans are left wondering about the trade for Melo, and bitching about the refs. Postgame Thread: Celtics 87, Knicks 85


Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 1 (best of 7 series)

1 2 3 4 Total
24 35
27 22

Points: K. Durant (OKC) 41, Nene (DEN) 22
Rebounds: K. Durant (OKC) 9, Nene, Wilson Chandler (DEN) 8
Assists: R. Westbrook (OKC) 7, R. Felton (DEN) 8

Kevin Durant showed that he is one of the league's best players by scoring 41 points and pulling down 9 rebounds to beat a formidable Nuggets team. The Nuggets were ready to go, and Nene had an active, impressive game, but Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 72 points, and I'm not sure how that can be beaten.

Thunder fans at Loud City are not loud at all. "Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder, NBA Quarter-Finals Game One GAME THREAD"

The take at Denver Stiffs: "Nuggets at Thunder Recap: Free Throws, Strategy Doom Denver"

Overall, a fun day of action! The Lakers and Spurs played all year for their home-court advantage, and now it's gone.

The Spurs already lost, the Lakers are in a dogfight. This could end up as a very enjoyable day for us Suns fans if we get to see our hated rivals go down. And then we get to see the apostrophe'd one's playoff debut with the Knicks, which might not be quite so enjoyable.

On the slate for tonight:

New York at Boston, TNT, 4PM PDT (which matches Arizona time)

Denver at Oklahoma City, TNT, 6:30PM PDT

This is an open thread for all your playoff-related thoughts.



PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot against the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA game at US Airways Center on April 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For those of you who thought you'd just transition into MLB mode this Summer, think again. We here at BSOTS are out to provide TOTAL Suns/NBA coverage, EVEN IN THE OFFSEASON! 

That's right, y'all. Look for NBA Playoff coverage, game threads, Suns Season in Review, and special appearances from the BSOTS All-Stars you know quite well including, but not limited to:

The Ray of East Bay

Keith AKA Keify34 AKA KeithTheJournal Guy From the UK
Eutychus, the Prince of Tweet
R "Magnum" Mason
Alex "The Desert Fox" Laugan




If anyone has any specific issues or questions they'd like to see addressed, feel free to post below.

CBA Notes (thanks to Alex L and Mr. Coon):

  • Teams can make trades under the existing CBA as soon as their season is done - players and draft picks alike - until June 30.
  • Many believe a lot of teams will try to remake their rosters before end of June, because otherwise they might only have a week after the lockout to understand the new CBA and sign/trade free agents before training camp starts.
  • For many teams, that could be disaster (remember it cost the Suns Antonio McDyess back when he was Amare before Amare, and got us a knee-jerk signing of Googs instead). So, June could be crazy followed by the black hole of July+.

Suns Linkage

AZ Central Bickley: Nash Should Show Defiance Towards Sarver

But what if Nash had called BS somewhere before the end of the previous season? What if he and Grant Hill - unquestioned leaders of the team and men with impeccable credentials - weren't so diplomatic, tactful and concerned with being good employees? What if they weren't so respectful of authority?

who is a Bickley fan, raise your hand!

SB Seth: Suns and Steve Nash Take Notes from Al Green, but Should They?

Nash himself has been increasingly clear on the subject over the past few days. Every time he spoke this week his answers became more and more certain. After the final game on Wednesday, he was as definitive as he's ever been on wanting to return.

AZ Central: Suns Clean Out Lockers

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This is the only picture of Gani Lawal in a Suns' uniform and this is from a preseason game. He tore his ACL in January 2011.

The other day I spent a few minutes talking to Suns rookie Gani Lawal in the locker room before a game. Gani, you will recall, was drafted 46th by the Suns last summer. The 6-9 forward tore his ACL and partially tore the MCL in his right knee and missed the second half of the season. The injury occurred on the practice court in early January and as is typically the case, they waited a few weeks before cutting him open to repair the damage. 

Gani was in a great mood when we spoke. He ran on the treadmill that day for the first time and seemed really jazzed about that. He said his knee is about a month ahead of schedule and he'll be staying in Phoenix to work on his rehab until the lock out which is expected to start on July 1.

Gani said he expects to be 100 percent by July or early August and is dying to play. He's bulked up a bit and looks ripped (shoulders and arms). His plan for next season is to bang in the paint, rebound, run the floor and bring energy -- same plan as before.

He is going to enroll in some classes at Georgia Tech in July to work on finishing his degree in business/finance. While he expects it will take at least another year to reach that goal, he's committed to it. Good for him.

Gani only saw two minutes of floor time all season before hurting his knee.

Here's a picture of Gani from Sun's media day before last season...in case you forgot what he looked like.


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