San Antonio Spurs fans probably think that after Saturday afternoon's double-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns, that they simply have the Suns' number again.
And why not? After Tim Duncan's clutch three-pointer to send the game into overtime, the Spurs seemingly followed their leader to victory. But it wasn't that easy.
Shaquille O'Neal, the man Steve Kerr traded for to match up against Duncan, was in foul trouble all game long. But in the times where he was guarding Duncan, he had success.
No one stopped Duncan as his 40 points can attest to. But O'Neal has had good success against Mountain Man Tim in the past, and seemed to give Tim fits, even though he couldn't risk any more fouls.
Also, Amare Stoudamire made two fatal mistakes. One had to do with missing two free throws in the fourth. In the other, he tried to force a drive that resulted in a charging foul when he had an easy jumper available late in the game.
Steve Nash is still brilliant. Well, at least offensively.
Take nothing away from the Spurs. They are the defending champs for a reason. They are a fabulous playoff basketball team. But the Suns still have a chance.
Even after Tim Duncan's 40 points.
Even after losing a game in which they were leading nearly all the way.
Even after not getting much from either Grant Hill or Boris Diaw.
Even after that heartbreaking loss in San Antonio.
This is going to be a great series, and the Phoenix Suns have what it takes to win it.
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