And it wasn't even that close.
Well, who really expected the Suns to win this game? The Spurs are a very good team (and in my opinion the best team in the West) and perfectly primed to play their peak basketball right now at just the right time, exactly as commander Gregg Popovich planned. We weren't but six minutes into the first quarter and the Spurs, lead by a blazing hot Tim Duncan, jumped out to a 21-4 lead and Alvin Gentry elected to remove the entire starting lineup and put in the bench.
The deficit was just too much to surmount -- though the valiant substitutes led by Sebastian Telfair and Robin Lopez were able to rattle off a number of impressive runs. Bottom line is that our starting unit is not playing well. They have been struggling as of late and tonight -- the last game of a long road-tip, their weary legs and weathered emotions were evident from the start.
The big news of the game is that on a reverse layup attempt in the 1st Steve Nash (who was already in pain due to a bruised knee from the night before in Houston) tweaked his hip, an injury that has plagued the two-time MVP in the past and he wouldn't return after only 6 minutes of playing time. We worry about his health, but from the sounds of it, it appears to be minor and because of the large and early deficit Gentry elected to rest Nash on this 2nd night of a back to back. Grant Hill also sat the rest of the game after the 1st quarter.
Another note of worth -- tonight Suns TV Color Analyst Scott Williams announced at the end of the game that he is done broadcasting, that this was his last game and he is turning the reigns over to Eddie Johnson. Interesting.
We'll talk about playoff implications tomorrow. In the meantime ... they may have taken our pride this night on ESPN BUT the Spurs can't take this away from us.
From our own favorite editor East Bay Ray (NOTE: Earmuffs)
Congrats to two-time winner Shawndy! You win 100 Internet points!
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NEXT GAME - SEE YOU THERE
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) April 15, 2012
There is no official word yet but the indication is that Nash has tweaked a hip.
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Josh Childress (@JChillin) April 14, 2012
There's more meaning in this tweet than I think JChill intended.
You know the Drill - ROLL CALL IN FULL EFFECT. BRING YOUR BIG-BOY PANTS!
Friday was a good day for the Suns. They handled the Houston Rockets with relative ease (relative as in a fairly nice cousin who's kind of a pain in the ass but not nearly as bad as your crazy drunk aunt) and now get to head a few hundred miles deeper into the heart of Texas for a date with the Spurs in what's been for the Suns The San Antonio House Of Pain.
What's left to say about this match up? We've been here and done that far too many times. Those old bugs are still shuffling along and gettin' 'er done. Mix in Mr. Diaw and Mr. S-Jax and they are deep, dangerous, young, old, fast, sold, efficient and just reckless enough to play up-tempo and drop 125 points on yer head.
Game time: 6:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona and for the second night in a row, on ESPN.
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Oh, and I am ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO MENTION PLAYOFF STANDINGS OR HOW BIG THIS GAME IS.