Western Conference Playoff Report: April 5th

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ain't no quit in the Phoenix Suns quite yet.

You know, for about 10 minutes today I tried to make my entire intro President Whitmore's speech from Independence Day (you know the speech).  While it certainly wouldn't have been the clunkiest thing I'd ever written I didn't feel clever enough to pull it off so I passed.

Anyway - the general idea is that for a period last night it looked like the Suns would go quietly into the night perhaps that they would go down without a fight - but they had to live on, they had to survive. You get the point so lets unite in our common interest to watch the Phoenix Suns push for the playoffs.

Friday April 4th Key Western Conference Results:

Phoenix Suns 109 Portland Trail Blazers 93 (Recap) - Much like the Clippers game on Wednesday night the 4th quarter made all the difference when the Suns visited Portland.  Fortunately the Suns were on the right side of things this time.  Our purple good guys trailed by 1 entering the 4th quarter and then Gerald Green did this:

Maybe it made a difference in momentum and maybe it didn't but from the point Green threw the ball towards the rim on the Suns went on a 30-13 run.

Those were two of Gerald Green's 32 points while Eric Bledsoe added a career high 30 (but if you ask this guy he's the worst).  Playing Portland is the best.

Memphis Grizzlies 100 Denver Nuggets 92 (Recap) - For a while it actually looked like the Nuggets were going to pull the road upset as they led the cuddly bears by 7 in the middle of the third quarter.  Then Memphis remembered they were a lot better than Denver and scored a lot more points than their opponent (that one qualifies for #analysis).  Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph all went over 20 points in the winning effort.   Memphis hasn't lost at home since February 5th.

Dallas Mavericks 107 Los Angeles Lakers 95 (Recap) - Dallas took care of business against the Lakers in a game that basically makes me even more mad that the Suns lost to these guys on Sunday.  The Lakers held a 78-77 lead with 47 seconds left in the 3rd quarter but a 14-0 run from the Mavs effectively ended the competitive portion of the showdown.  Dirk Nowitzki was his typically awesome self - scoring 27 points on 11/14 shooting.  Vince Carter was 0/8 and didn't score in his 16 minutes - which is a fact that warms my icy heart.  Steve Nash dished out 7 assists in 19 minutes of play in what he claims was his last game of 2013-14.  Ideally he remains with the Lakers next season and finishes his career in a suit - yeah that's harsh but I want a lottery pick from them.

Golden State Warriors 102 Sacramento Kings 69 (Recap) -  Isn't the fact that the Kings scored 69 points enough?  Bogut and Lee sat again for the Warriors while the Kings were just horrible in every way.  The Full Squad is still just two games shy of falling out of the playoffs all together but their remaining schedule of v. Jazz, v. Nuggets, @Lakers, @Blazers, v. Minnesota, @Denver is not daunting.  

Current Western Conference Standings:

TEAM W L PCT GB L10 STREAK
1.San Antonio
59 17 .776 - 9-1 LOST 1
2. Oklahoma City
55 20 .743 3.5
7-3 LOST 1
3. LA Clippers
54 23 .701 5.5 7-3 LOST 1
4. Houston 50 25 .667 8.5 6-4 WON 1
5. Portland
49 28 .636 10.5 6-4 LOST 1
6. Golden State
47 29 .618 12 6-4 WON 1
7. Dallas
46 31 .597 13.5 6-4 WON 2
8. Memphis
45 31 .592 14
6-4 WON 1
- SUNS
45 31 .592 14 7-3 WON 1

Saturday April 5th Western Conference Games of Significance:

None.  There aren't any.  Go see a movie or something - Captain America 2 was a good time.

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