DAY TWENTY-NINE -- Game seven on the double. The Spurs-Mavericks and Suns-Clippers series come to a close tonight as the field of four in the West gets cut to two.
Mavericks at Spurs, 8:00 PM, TNT
Thoughts: Just two games ago this series was in the sure grips of the Dallas Mavericks, a game five and game six later, lets just say things got slippery. The Spurs played about as well as they did in games 2-4, only they finished with a pair of W's thanks to some breaks and better play down the stretch. Now the final showdown shifts to the Alamo City for a good old fashion last stand.
This game will be the epitome of this series; if you've been comatose for the last two weeks and don't know what that means, then expect this: a close, compelling, hard fought, slug-fest between the Western Conference's two heavy hitters. The true stars will come correct with their most premium A game, those who don't will be branded with the choke tag for life. The game will be close and emotion-laden from tip to zeros and should it hold true to form, which it will, then a shot or two in the closing moments will decide it.
Clippers at Suns, 10:30 PM, TNT
Thoughts: My books had L.A. down for victory in this series, a swift victory, in fact. I predicted a Clippers' win in five, needless to say I was more off target than Dick Cheney with a shotgun. It seems even I, the president of the Steve Nash fan club, have under estimated the Suns and their free style play. Even against a bigger and deeper Clippers team, Phoenix has managed to continue winning their way. Run, shoot; early, often. Conventional wisdom says that style won't win in the long run, but then again conventional wisdom says a six foot, unathletic guard won't win MVP two years in a row. There is no secret to the Suns' method, what seems a mystery to me, an old school defense first guy, is how it continues to work. A man of faith, however, I can't deny is does what it does -- Suns win.
*all times Eastern
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