Sure the Phoenix Suns may be ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoff standings, but Spurs fans know who reigns supreme when it comes down to facing the Suns in the playoffs.
Time after time, the Suns made roster changes to compete with the Spurs. Bringing in Shaquille O’Neal, adding Raja Bell, even hiring Steve Kerr. All in attempts to beat the Spurs in the playoffs. In the end, every move proved futile.
With the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns meeting today, let’s take a stroll back in time and relive a few of the countless times the Spurs smacked the Suns back down to Earth whether it be in the regular season or in the playoffs.
Without further adieu, here are some of the best Suns all time fails against the Spurs.
Suns fail #1: Dunk fail!
With a chance to tie the game with 41 seconds left in the game against the Spurs, former NBA dunk champion, Jason Richardson, blows the dunk.
Suns fails #2: Leaving the bench fail!
With the Suns beating the Spurs in Game 4 of the 2007 playoffs in the waning moments of the game, former Spur, Robert Horry, hip-checked Steve Nash into the scorers table. OK maybe it was unnecessary but Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw stupidly came charging off the Suns bench resulting in their suspensions for the next game in Phoenix. Spurs went on to win the next game and the series.
Suns fail #3: Christmas fail!
It was Christmas 2008 and the Spurs and Suns were having another “down to the wire” game. With the Spurs losing by two points, 88-90, Tony Parker drove into the lane and was not going anywhere with the shot seeing how Shaq was in the paint.
However, Jason Richardson then leaves one of the Spurs’ best three-point shooters, Roger Mason, wide open for a three-point shot, Parker makes the pass, and ball game! Spurs smack the Suns again. Thanks again J-Rich!
Suns fail #4: Twice the three-point shots, twice the Suns fail!
Spurs and the Suns met again in the 2008 playoffs opening round. Game one proved to be an instant classic for the NBA. But for the Suns, the game was another heart-breaker against the Spurs.
First, Michael Finely hit a clutch three-point shot to send the game into overtime.
Second, with the Suns up by three points, 104-101, in the first overtime period, Tim Duncan was left wide-open for a three point shot. He spotted up, took the shot and made a three to send the game into double overtime where the Spurs would eventually beat the Suns yet again in the playoffs and the series.
Suns fail #5: 18 point lead choked away fail!
It was January, 2005 and the Suns had an 18 point lead on the Spurs in the fourth quarter. Not a problem for the Spurs. The Spurs made a furious comeback, sent the game into overtime where the Silver and Black emerged victorious. Final score, 128-123, Spurs win. In this game Manu Ginobili scored 48 points.
Just for kicks, and to laugh at the Suns some more, check out Ginobili posterizing the Suns in the same January 2005 game.
Great memories for Spurs fans. Sad ones for Suns fans.