Two words for this one: Ho and Hum. And I mean that in a nice way.
After all, when you have the best record in the West and are playing a team which has won only five games all year and is 1-18 on the road, you don’t need any excitement, suspense or things like that. Au contraire, a ho-hummer is exactly what you are looking for.
There was some concern the Suns might suffer a letdown coming off a big win against the Lakers in Los Angeles Thursday night. That and the team’s tendency to play down to the level of its opposition.
But not to worry!
For one thing, it’s hard to get down to the level of the post Garnett era T-Wolves. And for another, while the Suns did not exactly leap out of the starting gate, once they did get out they pretty much clicked on all cylinders offensively and stayed awake defensively, building a lead that stretched to 28 points before Coach Mike cleared the bench.
Just about everybody had a good line for the Suns, but I thought Steve Nash’s was better than good. Almost perfect, in fact. Reading from left to right it went: 6-6 from the field, 1-1 on 3pters, 4-4 on free throws, 13-1 assists and turnovers, 28.5 minutes. And the turnover, by the way, was more a technicality than a mistake.
Even as great artists paint masterpieces on canvas, he does likewise on a court. And he does it while large people are trying to treat him like the centerpiece in a piñata festival. Even in lopsided games it is a treat to watch the subtleties of his artistry (not to mention the deadliness of his shot.
But enough about Nash (although personally I can never get enough).
In watching this kind of game one’s mind tends to stray a bit and ponder things like the fact that starting the night in there was a five-way tie for first place in the loss column in the Western Conference, with Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, the Lakers, and New Orleans each having 12. So tightly bunched is the field that the win over the Lakers propelled the Suns from fifth to first in the seeding order.
Given the loss of Andrew Bynum and an upcoming stretch of schedule that includes a nine-game road trip, the Lakers figure to drop back, but the other four should stay close enough to at least put a modicum of meaning (modicum is Italian for tad) into the regular season for the front runners.
And if I had to narrow it down, I would say what we’re looking at is a photo finish between the Suns and Mavericks for top see
The bottom line: Yawn. (But I mean that in a nice way).