Suns Triumph in Big Game 4 Win Over Spurs
The Suns just wouldn't let it happen in Game 4... no way they were going to lose another game and go down 3-1 in the series. Withstanding the Spurs slow, methodical play for more than 3 quarters, Phoenix took over the last half of the 4th quarter en route to a hard fought 104-98 victory, and a 2-2 series tie.
Despite 8 turnovers from Steve Nash and a late body-check from Robert Horry (on Nash), the Suns withstood the physical play all game and pulled out the “W”. They played with a lot of heart, grit and determination in what we can only hope is a sign of better things to come. This game could possibly be “the hump“ they needed to get over to win a title. Winning the game on the Spurs homecourt, playing the Spurs way... nothing could be sweeter.
The Body Check
Roberty Horry elbow checked Nash into the scorers table with under 30 seconds in the game. Nash got up pretty quickly and both teams are lucky it didn't escalate into something more... god knows both teams hate each other at this point.
It's a shame that the Suns season could come down to a stupid-ass move from a player on the other team. If any Suns player gets suspended for coming off the bench to protect Nash, there's a serious problem w/ this league.
Already labeled a dirty team, the late check on Nash only adds to the animosity that most “non-Spurs” fans have towards the Spurs. They play tough, but they play dirty.
Some new nicknames for the Spurs' players perhaps:
“Bruce Knee“ Bowen
Cheap Shot Bob
Robert “Cheap Shot“ Horry
There are rumors that both Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire left the bench to help Nash, but team officials are claiming Stoudemire was on his way to the scorers table to check into the game. Again, for two players on the team that didn't even commit the foul, it would be a shame for Horry's actions to result in any Phoenix player missing the next basketball game.
The NBA should do the right thing in this situation and let both players play in Game 5. They did not cross halfcourt, they did not run, they did not throw punches or otherwise heat up the situation.
The Suns got a great effort from everyone on the team, including some great defense by Kurt Thomas on not only Duncan, but also on Parker late in the game on a few screen & rolls.