Incredible story to be told if you ask me. It’s the story of how the Phoenix Suns overcame the doubts, silenced the “nay” sayers and made it further than anyone expected of them.
There was one man in particular that stood out in Phoenix’s success and it’s the same man that always shines in the desert, Steve Nash.
Remember that the beginning of the season when most, I use this term lightly, experts said that Nash was not going to be as good as he always is? They said that he’s aging and his production and play would slowly decrease for the worse. To those people I say this, “Ha!”
Steve Nash did not let anyone or anything discourage him at any point in time. He just kept playing, kept bringing it and well look where he’s at now.
Early on in the season, the Phoenix Suns were the hottest team in the NBA. They were just simply unmatched. Pretty good for a team many people had finishing outside the playoffs, wouldn’t you agree?
Eventually, they would be overtaken, but their great play continued. Led by Steve Nash, the Suns managed to find more success this season than anyone really thought they would. They say, “Go big or go home.” Well, I think it’s obvious what Phoenix chose to do.
When it was all said and done, at the end of the regular season, the Phoenix Suns sat third in the Western Conference. About seven spots higher than predicted by most. When it came to playoff time, the Suns did not cool down. Instead, they gave us another incredible story. The main attraction of course was Steve Nash.
In the second round of the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns would go up against the San Antonio Spurs. Now something Steve Nash has never done is beat the Spurs in a playoff series. Well, he did us one better. He didn’t just beat them, he swept the Spurs.
After four games the Spurs were packing their bags and heading for the doors. Nash definitely had his eye on the prize. For those of you thinking, “Isn’t it eyes on the prize?” you obviously haven’t been following the Suns lately, but let me explain.
Nash lost the ability of one of his eyes during the series, allowing him the use only one good eye. Did that set him back? You would think it would, but no. Nash played as great as any player with two well-functioning eyes and helped his team get the series win over the Spurs.
Now comes the biggest test yet of the Suns’ season, a Western Conference Final with none other than the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers were last year’s NBA Champions, that basically explains right there how tough this battle will be for the Suns. Still, there’s something in the air that’s saying the Suns do indeed have what it takes to knock off the defending champs.
The fairy tale run for the Suns could end right here in the finals when they face the real deal, but then again it could just be another chapter where Phoenix defies the odds.
A lot of people are saying that the Utah Jazz are a much tougher opponent and team than the Suns. Considering how well the Lakers fared there, they should have an easy round with Phoenix, but I got ideas and I bet some of you do too.
Look at Steve Nash. Look at the fire in his eyes, look at the bounce in his play, look at his dogged determination. Look at all that and somehow try to tell me that he can’t do this. Steve Nash is as determined as ever to make his run to the NBA Finals where he looks to capture his first NBA Championships.
They say fairy tales have happy endings and who’s to say this one won’t have a happy ending?
I understand that the Lakers are, well, the Lakers. They got one of the best players of all time on their team, I get that, but sometimes it depends on who’s more hungry and personally Phoenix looks like the hungrier team.
Kobe and the Lakers are a powerhouse, their championship last year was no fluke, their success is no fluke, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be contained.
Think about this, the Lakers are a powerhouse, but can’t the same be said for the Suns in a way?
Each team have their stars player (Kobe, Nash) and the supporting talent. I’m not saying it’s evenly matched, what I’m saying is it’s not as lopsided as most people suggest.
Will Los Angeles push the Suns to play their absolute basketball of the season? Absolutely.
Does that mean the Suns can’t come out winners? No, they can most certainly come out winners.
The amazing story of Steve Nash and his Phoenix Suns squad continues. Will the next page be an end to the story or the most thrilling chapter yet? We won’t have to wait too long for our answer, but there are a few things that I keep asking myself.
Is the result already set in stone?
Is destiny shining on one team more than the other?
Is it Phoenix’s time to reign supreme over the NBA?
So many questions, but soon enough we will know our answers. After all, anything is possible. Especially in the NBA.
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