First, thanks a bunch to SueB, jasonsuns1, and srp for diving in on the live blogging yesterday. Second, this was a terrific game to watch while surrounded by tons of Christmas and family-related distractions (somehow, watching with small children in post-Santa bliss bounding around in the background really takes the sting out of having to endure two and a half hours of Laker love-fest). Third, here is my very brief, good news/bad news take on the game:
- Bad news: The Suns no longer have the Lakers' number. That psychological barrior has been completely and utterly obliterated.
- Good news: I think the same is true for the Suns when they play the Spurs.
- The other piece of good news: This game is a great example of how a very small roster tweak and the natural maturation of young players can make a huge difference. Derek Fisher and the improved Andrew Bynum are the difference between last year's sad-sack bunch who looked miserable to even be on the same floor together, and this year's Lakers who reminded me a lot of the 2004-05 Suns in this game with their sheer joy and (dare I say it) camaraderie.
From SueB during the game (included because I had exactly the same thought!):
Jasonsuns1 on what had to be the quote of the day from the announcers: