Let the conspiracy theories begin! The Suns couldn't buy a call at times in Game 3 as the Spurs went on to win 108-101. In the 4th quarter alone Nash was mugged twice (once right in front of a ref) but got no call either time. After watching this game, I still can't believe the NBA let's Bowen get away with his defense. The guy seemed to foul Nash almost everytime up the court.
Of course, in regards to the conspiracy theory, the NBA wanting the Spurs to advance makes no sense, since they're the Detroit Pistons of the Western Conference. But that's beside the point. The Suns got screwed on some calls in this game.
Think I'm a Spurs hater? Yeah I am, but I'm not the only one who thinks the Suns got screwed a bit with the fouls. Let's read a few blurbs from Brett Edwards of The Association who was blogging the game for the FanHouse tonight:
- Bruce Bowen goes dirty AGAIN! What a bastard, intentionally (in my estimation) knees Nash in the sack. Someone needs to go Bruce Bowen on Bruce Bowen, if you know what I mean.
- D'Antoni gets T'd up there, and rightfully so. Bowen with a brutal hack across the arm and no call. I would have gotten the T when Bowen kicked my player in the nuts, but hey, that's just me.
- That was a foul on Duncan, but the officials have let things go on both sides. Lead up to 11 as the Spurs look to put this thing away.
- D'Antoni sarcastically asking, "why call it now?" As in, it's been going on the whole damn game, jack-asses. Sick three by Marion gets it back to 6.
- Finley answers with a three, and Ginobili trips Nash and then bitches about it. See, this is why the Spurs are so unlikeable. Up 9, about to win, blatant foul, and still whining to the refs.
Ok, enough Spurs hating, back to the game. The biggest problem for the Suns was that the Kurt Thomas Experience, which worked well in Game 2, couldn't contain the Big Fundamental in this one. In fact, no one could stop Duncan. The man is one hell of a player, even though he whines like a girl and sounds like the math nerds I used to beat up for fun in high school.
What's interesting about this series though is that the Suns are starting to get noticeably pissed. Phoenix has always been labeled a finesse team, but they're starting to get somewhat chippy, and I can't blame them.
If the Spurs wind up winning the series and eventually make it to the Finals against the Pistons, that matchup will be hideous if you like basketball, but it could offer you the chance to regain the $65 you lost on the De La Hoya/Mayweather fight. Those teams will KILL each other in the Finals, and I have the feeling at least one significant fight will occur if they match up. It's a mortal lock.