Well, here we are, at the brink of perhaps eliminating the one team most responsible for the greatest accumulated heartache in the history of Suns basketball. Although it looks good at this point (no team in NBA history has ever recovered from the psychologically imposing hole the Spurs now find themselves in) it is said that the "close out" game is often the most difficult game in a series to win. A matchup with the hated Lakers and their hedonistic Hollywood hardwood worshippers is looming, but , before that happens there are a couple of issues to consider.
Since a Suns victory in this series appears to be only a matter of time, the two questions that come up for me at least are 1)how long will it take, and 2) how long would you like it to take? On the surface it would seem to be preferable to dispose of the team in Black as quickly as possible. Why tempt fate? Plus, a sweep would be even sweeter revenge than simply a series victory (though the later would suit me just find thank you). Anything can happen, one might say. The logical desire of most fans is to end this series tonight in San Antonio.
On the other hand, if the Suns were to finish off the Spurs tonight and the Jazz (who lost by a single point in Game 3) were to win tomorrow night, and then somehow steal Game 5 in LA, the Suns could be looking at more than a week off, with the Lakers being conceivably a much crisper and in-sync team vs. the Suns in a potential Western Conference Finals. We know getting some rest is important (at least it was for the Suns in the regular season) but is there such a thing as too much rest? Do NBA teams get rusty? I think they very likely do. Perhaps we would not see a big drop-off on the defensive end, but the timing of offenses and the offensive game of shooters certainly does depend upon constant repetition and game level competition. It seems that practices are not enough. There is also some evidence for this. Anyone remember how this team came out vs. the Blazers after four days rest in the final game prior to the All-Star Break??
So, all this being said, I have a poll question. Do you want the sweep, even if it means that the Suns might acquire a bit of Rust on their offensive game?
Would you rather have the Suns Win tonight and sweep the Spurs even if it means a little rust on their game, or is it better to win in five or six and have fewer days off prior to the seemingly inevitable Western Conference Finals?
Yes, I want the sweep ! Suns will get extra Rest! (58 votes)
Better to win Game 5 in front of home crowd! (3 votes)
Better to win in Game 6 . We won't be rusty that way. (0 votes)
A seven game series would be really exciting ! (1 vote)
62 total votes