Sure there were bigger games out there. The Warriors getting #73. Stephen Curry reaching 400 threes. Kobe Bryant taking 50 shots in his finale.
But right here in Phoenix, the big game was the Suns closing out their season with a win.
Big Alan Williams got a double double: 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks as well as 2 assists.
Does anything else matter?
I'm happy that Archie Goodwin is playing in his third straight season finale. He scored 29 as a rookie, against Sacramento, and then 18 last year against these same Clippers. In both cases, just as tonight, the Suns were already eliminated from the playoff race.
The Suns came out spry, just didn't hit many shots to start the game.
Jon Leuer was active, with 5 rebounds in the first 5 minutes, along with 4 points. P.J. Tucker had 5 points and 3 rebounds himself. Devin Booker drained a three to round out the early scoring.
So, like, I never realized just how much twitter is a part of the fabric of covering the NBA until the Kobestans killed twitter in the first quarter. We all wanted to tweet about the Steph Curry's 20 points (SIX threes!) in the first quarter to stake the Warriors a huge lead, but thanks to LaLa Land that didn't happen. Kobe took 13 shots in the FIRST QUARTER alone. I mean, if a team wins 73 games and twitter isn't around to document it, did it even happen?
When the benches began to enter the game, the Suns went into a funk and allowed the Clippers to pull into the lead, but at least it wasn't as embarrassing as the Miami Heat in the second half against the Celtics, amiright?
Anyway, back to the Suns game...
Alan Williams getting some run, helping the Suns back to the lead!
Williams stuffed 7 big points in his first three minutes on the court to set his new career high. In three minutes! That's a new career high for Mr. Williams. He also added 2 rebounds, a steal and a block in those three minutes, thankyouverymuch.
The Suns and Clippers jostled back and forth for the rest of the quarter with just a weird array of plays sometimes marked by good execution, sometimes not. From both teams.
Alex Len got a chance to be the big man in a group of smaller players and just couldn't figure out how to play like the 7'1" guy that he is. He only had one strong move to the basket, with the others being weird contortionist moves to avoid contact and/or the block. But he's the tallest guy out there!
Suns went up 62-55 at halftime thanks to P.J. Tucker's 14 points and Jon Leuer's near double-double. But the most fun thing was Alan Williams' 11 points and 4 rebounds in 8 minutes.
Guess what? Alex Len is still an offensive train wreck. He just can't seem to get out of his own way when he has the ball. I can't wait till next year when Len is back to the 7th option on offense at all times. Play defense and rebound the ball and score garbage points. That's it. And that's a real nice career.
Devin Booker looks more and more like he's running on fumes. No surprise, considering his entire life until playing 76 games (2,100 minutes) this year in the NBA consisted of less than 38 college games (816 minutes) and a few dozen high school games.
In the third quarter, Booker airballed a step-in 18 foot jumper. He missed 8 of his first 11 shots before draining a three at the top of the arch on a catch-and-shoot.
Jon Leuer was an active sunuvagun. He had a double-double by early in the third quarter as the clean-up guy while Len did the dirty work (boxing out, contesting). This is meant as no slight on Leuer at all. Quite the opposite. Right place, right time.
Archie Goodwin made a couple of nice moves at the end of the third quarter, including a layup to put the Suns up 10 after three.
I got to watch Alan Williams get his first career double double though!
And I got to hear the crowd throw up it's loudest cheer in weeks on a Chase Budinger oop from John Jenkins in transition! So I'm happy.