Sunday, May 07, 2006
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns went from the brink to a blowout, from the edge of elimination to one of the most impressive turnarounds in NBA playoff history.
So much for the nail-biting suspense of a Game 7. The fast, feisty Suns won in a 121-90 laugher over the listless Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Leandro Barbosa led the layup parade with a career playoff-best 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Suns became the eighth team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 3-1.
"I am going to steal a line from Disney and say it's a small world after all," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I guess small guys can play. That's about as good as we could play. Every one of our guys, I can't pick out one, all of them had an amazing game."
That all-L.A. second-round series that looked so probable a few days ago vanished in a blur of Suns' fast breaks and repeated drives to the basket.
OK, I'm biased. I hate Kobe and everything he represents: adultery, phoniness and selfish, me-first basketball. Thus, as I've stated before he'll never win another NBA championship. So it's with great glee that I write this knowing that we won't have to hear about Kobe & Company anymore after they got blown out & sent home by a resilient Suns team led by the reigning (and succeeding) MVP Steve Nash.
By the way, My NBA Finals Prediction: Detroit over Dallas in 5.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 12:33 AM