Win or GO HOME
Mike D’Antoni is one of the best coaches alive, but he choked in Game 5 by riding his big guns (47 minutes for Raja Bell, 46 for Shawn Marion, 46 for Steve Nash) even though it wasn’t a must-win game. As Mike Francesa would say, that was a yoooo-ge mistake — not only did it kill the Suns down the stretch in Game 5, but it could end up affecting them in Game 6. At the very least, don’t you have to throw your bench guys out there in the second quarter and see if the crowd can carry them for a few minutes? Anyway, here’s my prediction for Friday night: The Spurs should win, but I’m not willing to discount another officiating performance like the one from Game 4, in which Phoenix received a 29-14 FT advantage on the road. Tonight the Suns win and take the series to seven games!!