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May 20, 2006

Another Game 7

So there it is. Back and forth. Suns win games 1, 3, and 5. Clippers win the even ones. Now, a best of seven is down to a best of one. One game at US Airways decides who goes to the Western Conference Finals and whose season ends. Whether Sam Cassell or "the rook" continues marching towards a championship.

Gotta wear the Orange Jerseys and the Suns hat that my migraine during the last game 7 had me crying into. I spent most of the second half of game 7 against the Lakers with my head pounding and my brother had to drive me home. The noise. The screaming at the top of your lungs in rabid hatred of Kobe. The ringing in my ears of the "Bell Tower".

This time, LA has no Kobe. No one to hate. No one to taunt. No one for Raja's mom to offer to hug. This time, it is not the hated Lakers, but the doormat Clippers. There is no rivalry here. This series has been a constant struggle to retain interest in due to the elation of the Lakers series and the anticipation of getting either San Antonio (and a chance to beat the champs) or Dallas (and a chance to send Mark Cuban packing again and chant MVP at the man that gave Phoenix back a basketball team). Now, it is interesting. Now the Suns will play with the same desperation they had in games 5, 6, and 7 against the Lakers, knowing their backs are against the wall.

Jeremy and I will be heading to Game 7 again. Same routine. Arrive early. Eat some pizza at Pizanos at Arizona Center. Soak up the experience. Watch warmups. And then hope that the Suns take care of business.

The worst part is missing the Spurs and the Mavericks playing in game 7 right before. Who do you root for? I should not admit this publicly, but I am still a fan of Michael Finley. I hate U of A, but have always had a soft spot for Jason Terry. I love the "Big Fundamental". Enjoy watching the French and Germans go at it. Half of me wants to sit on the couch and do nothing but watch basketball Monday night. The other half isn't saying much and is saving his voice for now. I think I will take the latter.

Posted by Justin at May 20, 2006 11:36 AM