Suns @ Nuggets Friday Playoff game thread 6-11-2021 - Game 3

Mainstreet

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I thought it was a mistake when the Lakers went away from Drummond and quit playing Harrell as much and went with Gasol mostly. Drummond and Harrell were killing us on the glass. Gasol was a liability on defense and the boards. Pretty sure the Laker coach is gone....

It might have been the right formula but for some reason Montrezl Harrell fell out of favor with the Lakers. They were infatuated with spreading the court for Lebron. With Anthony Davis out, they went with a shooter at center in Marc Gasol.
 

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I don't turn a game on unless I'm pretty sure I'm going to be up to the stress and misery. But once it's on, I'm hooked, even if they get routed. I've watched about half of this year's playoff games so far. Like you, I follow the others, but it's easier to maintain a psychological distance when it's just numbers updating every so often.

I watched almost every game of the 1993 run, but had a conflict for Finals Game 6. I remember turning on ESPN when I got home and seeing 99-98 scroll quietly across the bottom of the screen.

It was 98-94 with like 30 seconds left. :(
 

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Of course this is preferable but I expect the Nuggets to be charged up tonight. They will try to blow the Suns out early.

Players seem to get acclimated to the altitude as the game goes on. The Suns bench may be needed early.

Tonight will tell us a lot about the rest of the series:

- If Nuggets somehow roll us, the series is definitely back on.

- If Nuggets squeeze out a close win, it's very likely the Suns could take game 4... and the series will be effectively over.

- If Suns win close one tonight, the series is effectively over.

- If Suns blow out the Nuggets tonight (which is probably not super likely, admittedly), the series is most definitely over. The remaining games are a mere formality.

So three of four outcomes favor us. You have to like those odds.
 

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I've never been much of a drinker. Just a social drinker. Got a little more into it in my older age. Like the occasional whiskey.

But I think I've watched nearly every minute of every game going back about at least the last 20 years. I've had DirecTV and League Pass for as long as I can remember. I was born a Suns fan in Phoenix before there were any other professional sports. I usually watch a recorded broadcast so I can skip commercials. When I get frustrated, I just watch the game a lot faster like skipping FTs. For the playoffs, I've been a lot more caught up on the action time-wise so that I can interact on message boards and with family that is also watching the games.

I let out involuntary yells when great things happen. Never "Boom!" but more like "YEAH!", and "That's what I'm talking about!", or maybe the occasional "DARIO!" and I pump my fists in the air. My neighbors are probably wondering what's going on. Been a lot of good lately!
 

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Tonight will tell us a lot about the rest of the series:

- If Nuggets somehow roll us, the series is definitely back on.

- If Nuggets squeeze out a close win, it's very likely the Suns could take game 4... and the series will be effectively over.

- If Suns win close one tonight, the series is effectively over.

- If Suns blow out the Nuggets tonight (which is probably not super likely, admittedly), the series is most definitely over. The remaining games are a mere formality.

So three of four outcomes favor us. You have to like those odds.

It will but I'm not ready to think about it at the moment. I'm locked-in on Game 3.
 

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This one will be like game 6 against the Lakers. If the Suns come out hot in the first quarter and build a big lead, the series, not just the game is over.

They will quit.

Got a feeling Book is going to turn on the jets early.
 

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Hope the Suns play tonight with the intensity of a close out game. Lets get some good rest for our guys before going forward.
 

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It was 98-94 with like 30 seconds left. :(

98-94... with 50 seconds left AND the ball with a fresh shot clock after Barkley got an offensive rebound on a Majerle deep three that rattled in and out.

On the way back to the Bench after Charles called a TO, Westphaul gave Majerle and joking “choke” sign. Idiot.
 
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