April 20, 2006
Suns-Lakers Starts the Playoffs
"I'm coming to play," Marion said of being in ABC's prime slot Sunday. "We're going to go out with one thing we're focusing on - that big-ass trophy at the end of the road."
Fifty-four wins. 54. No Amare. 54 wins. No Joe Johnson or Quentin Richardson. 54 Wins. Second seed in the Western Conference. Fourth best record in the league. Too small. No rebounding. Steve Nash's health. Too much roster turnover. Some 6'7" French guy that was not good enough to play in Atlanta is your starting Center.
It is hard to make an argument that a team that loses two top tier players that averaged 20 pts this year and almost 30 last year in Joe Johnson and Amare respectively, is better than a team that won 62 games and contended for the Western Conference Championship. Last year's team had six guys that played, maybe seven. This year's team is even more fun to watch and is deep and talented. Perhaps even better chemistry.
So to the doubters who said at the beginning of the year that Amare's loss would doom the Suns. They would be lucky to win 30 games. Nash did not deserve the MVP. Blah blah blah. 54 Wins. Five Four. And now it is on. National TV against the Lakers. The Flash of Kobe versus the Suns team game, great shooting, and the most unselfish team in the league. Enjoy the games on ABC starting Sunday. I will be enjoying Kobe scoring 50 in a loss in person. Let him score his 50. And the Suns will win by 20 as usual.
Posted by Justin at April 20, 2006 11:03 AM