Saturday, April 19, 2008

Suns postgame reaction

As expected, Mike D'Antoni is getting ripped for his late-game strategies, most notably for not fouling the Spurs at the end of regulation and the first overtime before the Spurs could attempt game-tying 3-pointers. One fan even said, "Where I'm an idiot happens."

Paul Coro, the excellent beat writer for The Arizona Republic, has already reported that the Suns should have switched onto Finley, who shook free from Leandro Barbosa by running the Suns guard through two screens. Coro notes that Stoudemire should have stepped out.

Regardless of whether it's ineffective strategy or failed execution, it's these kinds of lapses that have hurt the Suns in the past. It's one play here, one play there. It's only one game, but you never like to give away games that you a.) lead by 16; b.) lead late in regulation; c.) lead late in the first OT; and, d.) outplay your opponent.

As fans, we're the big winners here. This series is just getting started.

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