Suns-Spurs Game Two: Observations, Kids and "Lost"
I'm spoiled by "my" plasma TV downstairs. Of course "my" TV meant that I had to go upstairs and watch the non-HD broadcast while the wife and kids watched the previously recorded "American Idol" for the entire second quarter.
I loved that this year's version of the Suns does not panic or completely check out when given any adversity. I might be remembering things differently, but it seems to me that previous teams might not have been able to fight back as quickly as the Suns did in the second quarter.
It has been said ad nauseum , but Jared Dudley was playing out of his mind. His effort may have been THE deciding factor in getting back into the game in the second quarter. I must admit, though, that watching him gives me hope that I can play professional basketball. I think I might jump higher, and I am 6', 215 pounds.
It is something still new and refreshing to me as a fan to see a second unit produce, even after watching an entire season. It is also very entertaining, but for reasons completely unrelated to basketball. My eight-year-old son, Diego, spent the entire time Goran Dragic was on the floor trying to say his last name right. "Dragic, Dragic, Dragic, YEAH! Dragic, Dragic, AH! No! Dragic, Dragic..." A little annoying, but funny.
Amare really likes to dunk. It makes him a better player to get one or two. When he dunked to tie the game at 51 before the end of the first half, it gave me a little hope. I literally said to myself with no one else around in my room at the end of the half "the Suns are tied at the half and are shooting like crap. I have a good feeling about this game."
Leandro Barbosa looks absolutely lost on the court. I think he misses Mike D'Antoni's staff, especially Dan D"Antoni. (By the way, who names their kid Dan when 'Dan' is already in your last name? That just seems mean.) As more time goes by, LB looks more and more like he did when he was a rookie on that awful 2004 team. I'm already on the record saying that I think he won't be on the team next year .
I absolutely love the three-point shot when the Suns hit it, and I hate it when other teams do and when the Suns aren't hitting. Then again, I pretty much dislike it when the Suns miss a shot.
At some point towards the end of the game, I got a tweet from Fanster's own Greg Esposito about being in an alternate reality with this Suns team . Since I am a HUGE "Lost" fan, I started thinking about this. It really must be an alternate reality just like in the show. Bear with me.
In the show, Juliet detonates the bomb in the shaft that was to become the hatch, and suddenly, there is a reality where the Oceanic flight never crashes, everyone makes it home, and it seemingly is happy for everyone.
In this alternate reality, the evil Ben Linus is a kind history teacher that makes a compassionate decision instead of a selfish one. Jack Shepard has a teenage son and is developing a positive connection with him. Jin and Sun are not married, but are happy together, and their baby is to be fine.
In the alternate reality, some characters are slowly becoming cognizant of the island reality. Desmond, for now, seems to be the one that is trying to set things right between the two realities and make the other characters become aware of the seemingly more tragic island experience.
For the Suns, it seems that the detonation that put things back on course was the Terry Porter experience. The 2005-2007 Suns were fun rides with tragic and disappointing endings. Porter comes and things blow up.
With the detonation, it appears that nothing gets better, much like the people left on the island with smoke monster Locke. The Suns are not expected to do anything. But after the detonation, things start falling into place and we are getting different, more positive results. Instead of bizarre, tragic, or controversial happenings in the games versus the Spurs, Phoenix hits shots and plays defense when it needs to.
Coach Alvin Gentry is Desmond. Just as Desmond right now appears to be the key to how things end on the show, Gentry is the key to how this postseason unfolds for Phoenix.
After all, it has to be an alternate Suns reality if Tim Duncan can hit a three and not have it be a game-changing play. How else can you explain the 2-0 series lead? You just can't. In the old reality, the Suns can't win while shooting 42 percent against the Spurs. The old reality doesn't have a productive bench and a real backup point guard.
It certainly doesn't have a series lead when Phoenix's starting center hasn't played because of injury. That sort of thing crippled other Suns teams.
Just as a dead Juliet communicates through Miles on "Lost" that "it worked," the events that led to Alvin Gentry coaching are now working. I had the Suns winning in six games before, expecting a split in Phoenix and in San Antonio. I now think it will be over in five.
I don't know how "Lost" is going to end or if it will be completely happy or satisfying, just like I don't know if this reality will lead to a championship. I think that most of the "Lost" characters will be happier than when they crashed on the island, and likewise I think that this season will be happier than previous years because this time the Spurs will be going home and not the Suns.
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