Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Suns’

I know it’s early in the season but I think the Lakers need to put some feelers out to see what they can get in a trade involving Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. We have to shake this team up somehow.

You think I’m overreacting? Haven’t you heard what happened?? The Lakers have lost TWO games! In a row!!

The ThreePeat is doomed! We might as well give the title to those goofballs in South Beach. It’s all over!

Of course I’m just kidding. I do not believe any of those things I just wrote. But to listen to all the Laker Haters out there (and some “fans”) you would think all the above is true. So I am here to instill a little sanity into the conversation.

So let’s look at a few facts. I know, facts don’t have a big place in sports conversations but I’m going to give it a try.

Yes, the Lakers have lost two games in a row. Before that, they won eight games in a row. Now where I come from, eight is bigger than two. So the first streak is better than the last one. Also, I’m not sure if some of you people know it or not but the NBA Season is 82 games long. We’re a tenth of the way through the season and the Lakers have won 80% of their games so far. So if they keep up this pace they will only win 66 games. Losers!

Second, let’s take a look at the latest loss. The Phoenix Suns came into town Sunday and rained down a team record 22 3-pointers on the Lakers.  The Suns shot an unbelievable 55% from beyond the arc and only won the game by five points. Let that stat sink in for a second. The Suns have a record night shooting and the game was still in doubt until the last minute.

It kind of reminds me of Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals. The Orlando Magic shot 75% from the field in the first half and only won by 4. At that point I knew the Lakers would be alright.

I think this season is going to shape up the same way. The Lakers will lose a few games here and there but those teams that beat them will have to play their best game.

So all the Laker Haters can rejoice and clog up my Twitter timeline with smack talk after each loss. That’s okay.  I’m not going to worry until Game 7 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Just like I did last year.

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The Phoenix Suns (forever to be referred to as Los Suns) have, not so quietly become the hottest team in the NBA Playoffs. With all the talk about the Lakers repeating, LeBron’s elbow and the Orlando Magic’s blowouts against the Atlanta Hawks, the Suns haven’t been given much press outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. However, this is a team that deserves attention.

They have finally dispatched their arch-nemesis the San Antonio Spurs and they did it in very decisive fashion; an exciting four-game sweep. The Suns have lost to the Spurs the last four times they have made the playoffs. Getting that monkey off their back should be a very big relief for the Suns.

Looming on the horizon are, presumably, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are currently leading the Utah Jazz 3-0 in their playoff series. This would be a great Western Conference Finals. It would pit the Lakers’ big men against the pick and roll of the Suns. It would be interesting to see which team will get the advantage.

The Phoenix Suns have really stepped up in my book. Tonight in their Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs, they will wear their “Los Suns” jerseys to protest Arizona’s ridiculous new immigration law.

Having lived in Phoenix for three years I know firsthand what the racial climate is like there. And it aint pretty. I was stopped for speeding and only after the officer saw my Spanish last name on my license did he ask me for my social security card to prove I was a citizen. They do NOT ask white people for that.

Sure, the game is being played on Cinco de Mayo but the Suns have made it clear that this gesture is a protest against the Arizona law.

Steve Kerr, the Suns general manager, told the Arizona Republic that he felt it was the team’s “duty” to come out against the new law. “It’s important that everyone in our state and nation understands that this is an issue that needs to be explored.” He said. “So, we’re trying to expose it.”

“I think the law is very misguided,” Phoenix guard Steve Nash said. “I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment to our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important to stand up for things we believe in.”

So tonight, when the rest of the nation is watching the game I do hope that the announcers mention why the Suns are wearing those jerseys. And I hope it goes beyond Cinco de Mayo.