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No, I’m not dusting off a line that made me infamous back in the day. I’m telling it like it’s going to be. Yes, I realize that the national media is almost unanimous in picking the Lakers (the only reason I say “almost” is the off chance I may have overlooked one or two pundits who didn’t). And that’s just one of the reasons I think the Suns will win this series.

Think about it. Never in the history of the NBA has a team so good been given so little chance by so many —and that plays right into this team’s personality.

The karma or mojo (or whatever you wish to call that easy to see but hard to define characteristic) of these Suns is off the charts.

In fact, they are giving off many off the same vibes as their illustrious ’76 ancestors, who came from out of nowhere to stun the defending champion Warriors in the West Finals and then took fought a gallant battle against the storied Celtics in a Finals made unforgettable by the triple overtime Game Five.

Granted, while vibes and such are nice plusses, they are not enough by themselves to get the job done. And fortunately, the Suns have a lot more than that going for them.

For one thing, they have the best offense in the NBA, and this time enough toughness, depth, and defense to go with it.

They are, to put it bluntly, much better than the outside world seems to think they are, and the Lakers are not nearly as good as the outside world seem to think they are.

The Lakers may have started the season as mortal locks, but they have been very mortal ever since the All Star break. In fact, they’ve been in survival mode much of the postseason, and far from being chastised for not living up expectations should be praised for actually overachieving a bit.

Too much has been written about their “length”, and not enough about their shortage of shooters and depth. The Suns have a far more productive bench, and almost twice as many dangerous shooters.

Factor in Kobe and Bynum playing hurt, and, thanks to the misguided punditry, the heavy expectation baggage the Lakers are lugging against a foe that, again thanks to the punditry, has not a single bag to check, and you’ve got . . .

Well, you’ve got Suns in Six.

PS: I also have a gut feeling it’s both Steve Nash’s and the franchise’s time at long last.

And no, I’m not dusting off a line that made me infamous back in the day. I’m telling it like it’s going to be.
Yes, I realize that the national media is almost unanimous in picking the Lakers (the only reason I say “almost” is the off chance I may have overlooked one or two pundits who didn’t).
And that’s just one of the reasons I think the Suns will win this series.
Think about it. Never in the history of the NBA has a team so good been given so little chance by so many —and that plays right into this team’s personality.
The karma or mojo (or whatever you wish to call that easy to see but hard to define characteristic) of these Suns is off the charts.
In fact, they are giving off many off the same vibes as their illustrious ’76 ancestors, who came from out of nowhere to stun the defending champion Warriors in the West Finals and then took fought a gallant battle against the storied Celtics in a Finals made unforgettable by the triple overtime Game Five.
Granted, while vibes and such are nice plusses, they are not enough by themselves to get the job done. And fortunately, the Suns have a lot more than that going for them.
For one thing, they have the best offense in the NBA, and this time enough toughness, depth, and defense to go with it.
They are, to put it bluntly, much better than the outside world seems to think they are, and the Lakers are not nearly as good as the outside world seem to think they are.
The Lakers may have started the season as mortal locks, but they have been very mortal ever since the All Star break. In fact, they’ve been in survival mode much of the postseason, and far from being chastised for not living up expectations should be praised for actually overachieving a bit.
Too much has been written about their “length”, and not enough about their shortage of shooters and depth. The Suns have a far more productive bench, and almost twice as many dangerous shooters.
Factor in Kobe and Bynum playing hurt, and, thanks to the misguided punditry, the heavy expectation baggage the Lakers are lugging against a foe that, again thanks to the punditry, has not a single bag to check, and you’ve got . . .
Well, you’ve got Suns in Six.
PS — I also have a gut feeling it’s both Steve Nash’s and the franchise’s time at long last.

  • Jason

    I’m gonna say Suns in 5. It might be wishful thinking, but I have faith in them right now and they are on a roll and seem unstoppable.

  • siddharth

    great piece … but you totally double pasted lol

  • John181818

    I have been posting in the Valley of the Sun blog that it would be Suns in 6. I’m glad Joe, as well as John Hollinger, have my back.

  • JOHN SERPE

    Thanks Joe, I can always count on you to cover my back in the blogs. I’ve been saying to all who will listen Suns in 6 shocking games. Length my you no what, talk to me about scorers, bench, chemistry, toughness. Kobe has a way of making everyone forget about the other basketball variables. Sure Gasol and Bynum are seven footers, but so are Frye and Lopez. Kobe is one of the best active players in the game but so is Lebron and we saw what happened there. Having a Superstar doesn’t give a team a pass on the other requirements. Lakers are very good, no debate or question about it. All I’m saying is if our Suns play the way they did against San Antonio we just happen to be a more complete team.

  • http://suns.com Paul wilson

    The Suns franchise it,s time for them to win the title. Go Suns

  • Rakeback

    I was thirsting for this piece by you Joe! you made me a believer again. I mean I was hoping but now I believe! thanks

  • isabelwk

    GO SUNS!!!!!!!!

  • tomtrikilis

    hey joe, the suns in 6 maybe if you could reserrect the HAWK!!!!!

  • beavishack

    This is our year!!!! GO SUNS!!!

  • Cornpop

    You go, Joe! Dust off the Suns in Six masntra…I was there back then…and am juiced about it now…especially since it’s the despised Lunkers! BEAT LA! SUNS n’ 6!

  • Khadgars

    The Lakers were in cruise control for most of the second half of the season because of injury and championshipitus, but that is meaningless now. The Lakers have found their championship edge and Kobe is playing out of his mind. The Lakers in the post season are a beast the Suns have never seen before and believe me, 06 and 07 are in the back of Kobe’s mind.

    Lakers in 6

  • desertskies

    In five words?
    It’s their time to win.

    I would love to see a rematch of Suns/Celtics. Shades of ’76.

    GO SUNS!

  • Agnes

    I totally have that same gut feeling! GOOO SUNS!

  • Khadgars

    Lakers in 6!!

  • ron

    Bynum is injured and can not stay with Frye on the outside even if healthy. Frye needs to be on his shot. LA can slide Gasol to the center and odom to PF, but amare will eat up odom. I think the suns will or at least should play alot of zone, has the Lakers outside shooting is horrid.

  • zack adams

    ive been a suns fan for since i can remember and the only time ive seen them hav a better team than this was in 05 and 06′ but they have never been this hot!!! Suns in 7!!!! BEAT L.A.!!!!!!!!!

  • BadAx

    Suns in 5. It will be a repeat of the 1976 Suns Celtics and the Suns will take that in 6 games.

  • anthony papp

    i live in la, and been a suns fan since i was 5, go suns, and i believe, suns in 6, i got tickets to game 1, and ill be screaming for em loud, we will win game 1

  • Jomel P. Fajardo

    I am very confident that the Suns will WIN in the series and win the Championship versus the Magic …

  • Jose

    THIS IS DESTINY
    YES MONEY WERE OFF RUNNING
    SO GET OFF OF THEM
    THE SUNS ARE NOT SLOWING OR SOFTENING!!!!

    SUNS 2010 NBA CHAMPS!!!!!
    CAN I GET AN AMEN!!!!!

  • Gaston Knowles

    I have been hearing a lot the last week about how good the lakers and how the suns have no shot in the world but what about the suns people just think cuz the lakers won the chip last year that they cant be beat well i got news for those people the suns have something that the lakers dont and that is drive you can see it the suns have it and the lakers havent had it at all this season the suns are going to win in six and i think that the suns are going to win the first two games at LA its going to be suns and boston GO AND KICK SOME LA ASS GO SUNS!!!!!!

  • Ilene Ryan

    About all the height & length, didn’t David slay Goliah? GO SUNS, the unique character you have maintained has to count in your favor. There is a lot to be said for your strength and hard work.

  • K_PHX

    I think its funny to listen to Lakers’ fans sometimes. “We’ve won X-amount of times.” The Suns have been responsible for knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs 4 of the last 5 times they’ve met in the post-season. On top of that, they love to toss out stats and information from previous wins and rings. That’s great! Glad you got them.

    But you know what? This is a different Suns team and this is a different Lakers team. And the only thing that really matters is what happens on the court. If the world wants to bet on the Lakers, they can hop on over to Vegas. Otherwise? Let’s see who is left standing after this series.

    Suns in 6!

  • JOHN SERPE

    Sorry Joe, but the Suns team that showed up for game 1 were wearing purple but thats where the similarity ended. WOW!!! I know the calls, loose balls, and everthing else resembling basketball went LA’s way but come on, Suns were pathetic. The first game is the least important but unless our Suns come to play there will only be 3 more. Frye was horrible, Nash looked shell shocked, Hill aged before our eyes and that was the good news about this one. I thought the first Portland game was bad, how wrong you can be. Sad, very sad.

  • jimmyjam

    Well game one is over, Phoenix up one?

  • Anrhont

    Really hard to see the suns winning in 6 after the pathetic play of last night. Its over, lakers will probably sweep.

  • lakerfan87

    you all live in a fantasy world. lmao!!!! you really believe suns in 6. your team played like trash ill take on all bets that the lakers take it in 6. you have no bigmen to match up to bynum gasol odom. well i have to say maybe one or two. but 3? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! wake up suns fan once again the lakers will take it and once again yall be wonderin why this happen to us. lmao oh and tonight do me a favor, watch vujacic. lakers in 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JOHN SERPE

    It’s here, game #2, what do our boys in orange have up their sleeve, hopefully more than the ace of spades. All the hope and anticipation comes down to Gentry and his ability to make the adjustments that will save this series. Stop!! I know what your thinking, it’s only the second game. Lets be honest, were playing the Lakers, not Portland. Lose the first two and even Houdini didn’t have enough magic to pull off an upset. As for this fan I’m still convinced the Suns can play up to LA’S caliber. Question is do our Suns still think so?

  • JOHN SERPE

    Have a great off season Joe, really enjoyed your blogs. Hey, look at the bright side, Suns had a great year, put the “curse” in moth balls, got to the west finals. We have to face facts, Suns went in with some gaping holes in defense aka Amare and Nash. Yes, both they had their moments, especially Nash in San Antonio but he hasn’t been on top of his game for quite awhile. Djuric should be the starter next season. Amare is a very good offensive player but he doesn’t use his head and he has trouble in big games. Sorry, but he doesn’t get the max contract. Portland and Spurs couldn’t take advantage of the huge holes on defense when the starters are on the floor, LA went right at it. Dudley and Hill deserve alot of credit, they stepped up huge and maybe we can take one at home. I still think Suns are to good to be swept.

  • The Realist

    C’mon, Joe???!!! By being “Blinded” by your own Fan-Bias, you unnecessarily get a lot of people’s Hopes up. C’mon.