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April 05, 2006

More Business--Blogging from NYC

I got a call yesterday for an emergency business meeting in New York tomorrow AM. I am travelling and staying on the Hudson right across from Manhatten in Weehawken, NJ.

I selected my Arizona Cardinals Season Tickets yesterday and am in the 7th Row of the upper deck in the North End Zone on the Goal Line. Suns Playoffs are about to start. I am about to start my MBA in Utah. And I have been home for three days in the last two and a half weeks, between Brian Head, Dallas, and NYC. So I am staying busy.

It is snowing at BH as we speak and if the temps don't get all crazy, the snow might be pretty decent this weekend. I am debating another quick trip up north, but am about to crater from exhaustion. We shall see.

Oh, and to my boy Wil, "Why you gotta be right about Amare?" I read about it on ESPN when I got off the airplane, but trust me, all is not lost. The Suns are not done, but the road gets more difficult now without one of the best players in the league back. But Nash is the reigning MVP and is proving it again this year. Wil knows where my seats are and has an open invite to come down for the playoffs, but don't pull some crap of calling me right before Game 7 of the Finals to take me up on it. =) BTW, and don't call me for Cardinals playoff tickets either. I did drop my Devils tickets due to schedule conflicts with school, which kills me, but we have U of A and SC on the road this year.

Posted by Justin at April 5, 2006 06:20 PM


I'll take you up on game 7 of the finals by posting here way before since I can't wait to call the night before. DIBS!

They looked pretty decent against the Lakers... they just hit that stretch every game where they get bored for like 5 min and let other teams back into the game... It drives me insane. That's the kind of thing you can get away with against the Mavericks or the Spurs.

Posted by: Wil @ 120 Days of Powder at April 8, 2006 01:26 PM

Yep. Same MO. I am not sure if it is a rotation thing or a particullar group of players that do it, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the letdown.

At least it wasn't an entire half (Detroit) or the last three QTR's (Clippers) that the Suns took off this time.

And I have you down for Game 7.

Posted by: Justin B at April 8, 2006 05:33 PM

I meant to say CAN'T get away with against the San Antono or Dallas...

Posted by: Wil @ 120 Days of Powder at April 9, 2006 02:43 PM

I figured that.

There are some major issues with the Suns defense that is causing the most problems. First off, we do not have a stopper inside that can defend an elite big man. So we rely on double teaming and the opposing team gets a lot of wide open perimeter looks. The good news is that because the Lakers are Kobe and no one else, they have a tough time against us and that bodes well for a first round playoff matchup.

My concerns are centered around beating Memphis or Denver in the second round. Memphis when healthy poses some matchup problems for us down low. Plus they are a deep team. Denver can run with anyone and has tremendous rebounding. I see us beating LA in 5 or 6 games depending on how well Kobe plays. LA can win 1-2 games just based on Kobe, but cannot win a 7 game series. I see us beating Denver or Memphis in 5 or 6 also. Then we shall see who emerges on the Clippers, San Antonio, and Dallas side of the bracket. And any of those three teams has Elton Brand, Duncan, or Dirk who give us fits. San Antonio is the most dangerous, but Dallas can defend now and we don't seem to be able to stop anyone.

You just can't have lapses where you give up 35 in a quarter or where your offense sucks and you score 15. And we are having both of those kind of lapses, often in the same game.

Posted by: Justin B at April 9, 2006 03:50 PM