I know what you're thinking.
How can this happen to us? Why did this happen to us? And last but not least, you're thinking, "Not again!"
Just after capping an incredible comeback with a bank-shot three-pointer to tie the ball game at 101 with three-and-a-half seconds left, our Phoenix Suns lost in heartbreaking fashion on a buzzer-beating baseline bank-in by Ron Artest.
Artest completely redeemed himself after heaving up a three with less than a minute to go and almost a full 24-second shot clock, effectively allowing the Suns to get back and tie the game.
How can this be?
In the past 13 hours, I've gone through so many emotions.
My first was just shock. I couldn't believe what I saw. I was staring into the TV screen as the Staples Center erupted in thunderous cheers. We had come so close to taking a commanding 3-2 series lead, and then THIS happened.
My next emotion was extreme sadness. I didn't know if we could come back from such a devastating loss. I didn't know if our players would come out and play the next game with the same fire they had in the previous three games. What an opportunity we had to steal one and we JUST came up short.
It was Steve Nash—after dominating the fourth quarter last night—who eventually managed to calm me down.
I flipped over to NBA TV to watch all the post-game press conferences. When Steve stepped to the podium, he explained how the Lakers held their home court. He said that the Suns would do the same in Game Six and they would meet back for Game Seven in L.A.
I believe him.
To my beloved Phoenix Suns fans: Believe your MVP.
He will not let this team lose on Saturday night. They've come too far and battled too hard to go out in front of the most deserving fans in the league. There will be a Game Seven and we will have an opportunity to go to the NBA Finals.