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article imageNo Heart, No Championship

By ajzeller1979     May 19, 2007 in Sports
The Phoenix Suns season is over thanks to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Phoenix Suns are done, and they have the San Antonio Spurs to thank for it. The Spurs ousted the Suns from the playoffs, defeating them last night 114-106. The Spurs were dominant for most of the game, putting on what the commentators repeatedly referred to as a clinic on both ends of the court.
During the first half of the game, both teams were playing as though this was the last basketball game they would ever have the chance to participate in. They both fought for rebounds, played intense defense and did anything they could to knock each other out. The referees were allowing them to play, so while the pacing of the game was more physical, both teams respected one another.
Then the half came and the Suns decided to leave their game in the locker room. The third quarter started and the Spurs put the Suns down like a lame dog.
In previous games, the Suns would double team Tim Duncan and create havoc on the Spurs offense. This time they would have none of that. Duncan fought through the defense to get the ball to either Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker for a wide open shot, which they hit almost every single time. Michael Jordan once said in a game where he erupted that the hoop looked huge and there was no way that he could miss, and in this game, that is how it must have looked for Ginobili and Parker, who combined for 63 points, 12 assists and 13 rebounds.
The Suns entered the second half and played like a bunch of amateurs. They had no heart and even less effort when attempting to defend against the Spurs. They would attack Duncan with a double team and when he would pass the ball out they would just watch the play unfold.
By the time the Suns managed to fight their way out of the fog they were in and back into the game, it was too late. San Antonio had gone up by an insurmountable 18 points. Steve Nash turned the ball over nine times and the Suns, who had three players that are 6'10 and over allowed 6'6 Manu Ginobili to out rebound and out hustle them for the majority of the game.
The fun didn't end there for the Suns though, and cooler heads would prevail. Mike D'Antoni, rather than coaching his team and creating the best possible scenario for them to win, spent the majority of the game screaming throwing a fit on the sidelines, acting more like a petulant child than an NBA head coach. His team followed his lead, focusing more on the referees than the actual game.
The San Antonio Spurs showed their true colors last night defeating the Phoenix Suns. The Spurs also showed why they have three NBA Championships and the Suns have none. Games are won in four quarters and the Suns quit in two. The Spurs however just kept on going until the final buzzer sounded and the score read Spurs 114, Suns 106.
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