Friday, May 18

The Texas Screwjob

Suns 106 @ Spurs 114

It was a close game all the way towards the second half, with Amare Stoudemire carrying the Suns on his back, while Tony Parker was dominating the Suns defense scoring 21 first half points. However, the Spurs finally took control of the game in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Phoenix 28-16. The Spurs extended their lead to as far as 20 points in the 4th quarter, but the Suns fought valiantly. The Suns were able to cut the lead to 5 points, led by 15 4th quarter points by two-time MVP Steve Nash, but the Spurs just wouldn't relinquish the lead. The Spurs finally won behind Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, and in turn eliminated the Suns 114 to 106.

Manu Ginobili: 33 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals

The Spurs won Game 6 fair and square, no doubt about it. The San Antonio defense is something to be reckoned with, considering the fact that it stifled the Suns in all 4 games; special mention to Bruce Bowen, his amazing defense must be legit, considering the fact that the referees don't call anything against him, so he must be just one of the best perimeter defenders in the league right? If he were breaking any rules, constantly rather, then the referees must be blowing their lungs out on their whistles right? I know there are a million conspiracy theories regarding the Spurs getting special treatment from officiating especially from the commissioner, David Stern, but we are left here dumbfounded and forced to accept the defeat that the Phoenix Suns has incurred and the victory the San Antonio Spurs has attained, and watch on towards the next series and await as new controversies rise.

The Spurs were the better team for 3 games. I'm sorry, but I just can't carve any harder on my throat to state that the Spurs were better for 4 games. They weren't. The ending sequence of Game 4, and then the process of the development of the controversy which has all but given Game 5 and quite possibly the series to the Spurs, along with Game 5 itself, will always and forever be known as the Texas Screwjob. It will always be remembered as the special moment that David Stern whole-heartedly handed the game, possibly the series, and possibly the NBA Championship (considering that San Antonio is heavily favored against all remaining teams) to the Spurs. The series has played out like a poker round where the dealer mis-deals the cards so he must reshuffle and re-deal the cards to the players. Only, there will be no re-deal. There will be no re-play. The series is as erroneous as a mis-dealt poker round, but will never be re-visited, and the show has gone on. From now on, everyone will be wondering what would have happened had the Texas Screwjob not taken place. Maybe Phoenix would have gone on to win the series and the NBA Championship as well, this was probably the best chance they had and would have in years; or maybe things would have played out the same and Phoenix would have eventually lost in the end. Nobody will ever know, because the series was tainted, and no one can ever truly admit that the series was won fair and square. Once again, I am truly sorry to have to say that San Antonio was the better team only for 3 games; not 4. Whichever team goes on to win the 2007 NBA Championship will not truly be champions. They are champions on paper, but deep inside every single person, we know that San Antonio never got past the Phoenix Suns. They just took a short-cut or skipped over Phoenix, much like Mario does when traveling through the green tubes around the kingdom of Koopa. No one will ever know how much of a fight Phoenix could have possibly put up if they had in turn defeated the San Antonio Spurs. The 2007 NBA Playoffs has now been tainted, now impure, now a stain in the hearts of every true NBA fan for years to come. Time heals all wounds, but scars always remain. The world will never know.

Champions on paper, but never truly champions in heart, truth, and justice.

---The Texas Screwjob.

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