When they first broke into the league I admit I used to confuse Jason Richardson and Richard Jefferson. Not because they looked the same, but over time, I figured out a way to correctly identify the two. Why do I bring this up? Because, yesterday, both were crucial players in the Spurs/Suns battle. Jefferson played one of his best games as a Spur, slashing to the hoop and hitting 3 pointers. Meanwhile, Richardson had an easy opportunity to tie the game, but missed an uncontested dunk with 41.8 seconds left.
Despite Amar’e Stoudamire scoring 41 points, the Suns had a 5 game winning streak snapped.
The Spurs had 5 players score in double figures, led by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli with 21. Antonio McDyess added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 1 hyperextended knee. McDyess went down in the 2nd half and had to be helped off the court, but would return.
Player of the Game: Amar’e Stoudamire, 41 points
I don’t normally give these out to the losing team, but Stoudamire kept the Suns in it offensively. With the way he was scoring, you would have thought it was the playoffs. I still think the NBA should go after him for wearing performance enhancing glasses.
Matthew Svoboda Award for play that resembles his: Steve Nash at the end of the game.
It’s my award so this time it’s going to a play. At the end of the game, it looked like Phoenix would have one last desperation heave to tie it. However, Phoenix guard Steve Nash made a critical gaff of passing the ball instead of shooting it. While the next shot was good, it was 1) only a 2-pointer and 2) after the final horn.
Thought to leave you with: Is it just me or does ABC use the same footage of the Riverwalk for every single Spurs broadcast that they do?