Drain the Dancing Porpoise

Before I get on to writing the business at hand, a few words on the Suns. Actually, first some words on this part of the season. I don't see how we can put much stock in anything happening to the marquee teams at this very moment. If they roll, it's because they can't help it; if they falter, it's out of rest, boredom, or anxiety. Especially after what Nash said a few weeks ago, which inevitably colored the way I watched Suns/Spurs. Put simply, I'm not buying that this was a definitive pounce by San Antonio; in fact, I don't even think a Laker loss tomorrow can predict anything about what Kobe might do in the postseason.

Yet despite all Thursday's mishap, the Suns nearly emerged with the victory. While I go on record every day of my life as abhorring the "basketball only matters in the [second half of the season, second half of the game, playoffs]" postulate, the Suns seem to actively embody this. Once I believed it to be something along the lines of "they aren't playing the same game, watching the same narrative arc, looking for the same symbolic cues as other teams." Now, it seems far more snide than that. If the Suns can't blow a team out of the water from the outset, they sulk and wobble until the opponent thinks the game in hand. And then, they pounce. Not because they haven't been able to until then, but because for the Suns, the runs come when they come. No reason to force them, or deign to press their arrival.

In some ways, this makes them the ultimate playoff threat. That or spoiled malcontents who don't know how to respond to context or stimuli. Nothing about the Suns in close games is cold-blooded—they're plain inhuman. And that's exactly why I wonder if it's not impossible to gauge their chances against anyone, or the likelihood of their ultimate demise. If most other teams play through the ebb and flow of runs, when the chips are down Phoenix counts on their god-given ability to get lucky.


At 4/07/2007 7:41 PM, Anonymous Petey said...

And if that Steve Nash pass between Timmy's legs had worked and the Suns had gone on to steal the game, how long would have all gone on talking about it?

At 4/07/2007 11:29 PM, Blogger Reno said...

Wow... Very insightful.

At 4/08/2007 12:11 AM, Blogger rubbersoul said...

Anyone see Rondo tonight? He needs to be enshrined in the FD depth chart if this shit keeps up: 14 pts, 8 dimes, 8 boards, 7 steals, 5 fouls.

At 4/08/2007 7:09 AM, Anonymous Sinister Dexter said...

Those that don't heed last thursday's game, do so at their own perril. The following were clearly stated: the suns will not get to win with the 3; anytime the suns attempt to go small, they will be proptly eviserated from the inside by timmy d, and the fortcoming 2nd round series between the two will be a battle of wills to control the pace. That battle of wills holds tremendous consequences for the future of the game. If the suns win, "the right way" will be redefinied. If the spurs win, small and quick will go the way of the box top and memebers only jackets: ie fade away, or only cool for teenagers in germany. If the suns lose panick will beset that franchise and others around it - golden state, memphis, toronto ... gm's all around will be selling of their smalls so they can overspend on underacheiving bigs and shootfirst point guards again.

At 4/08/2007 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winning isn't everything in basketball. There, I said it.

At 4/08/2007 2:21 PM, Blogger David Hill said...

which is it going to be? do the suns just bide their time until they can manage another run or do they depend on their god given luck?

the runs ebb and flow, come when they come, because they are a good team who knows that patience, not panic, is what's needed when a team is hanging in there or beating them.

luck has little to do with the suns' wins, and everything to do with their losses.

At 4/08/2007 3:41 PM, Anonymous ronald james davis said...

as played out as it is to say it, i just dont know if they can get it done with that all star game defense.

At 4/08/2007 4:42 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Mardy Collins is anything but FD, but his line is: 19 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 TOs, 5 steals. Is there a word for False Positive FD lines?

Eddy Curry hitting threes (at 1.000% for his career) off diagrammed plays is Whoa.

At 4/08/2007 5:12 PM, Anonymous Petey said...

"Eddy Curry hitting threes (at 1.000% for his career) off diagrammed plays is Whoa."

The scary thing about that shot was you could see that Curry knew it was good when it left his hand.


And don't sleep on my Powder Blues. Five wins in a row!

Nene is a poor man's Amare, Kleiza shows up more games than not, and AI and Melo are starting to figure out that teams can't double team both of them at the same time.

The key play in the win over the Clippers was a late 4th quarter possession where Melo played decoy and cut to the basket taking defenders with him and leaving Iverson open for a bunny shot when he came around the screen. In Philly, there was always another defender waiting when Iverson came around screens, but teams can't do that to him in Denver.

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