The guy from Spurs blog Pounding The Rock had it exactly right this morning: The worst part about Amare Stoudemire's (and Boris Diaw's) suspension tonight is that it immediately makes the whole game illegitimate. If the Spurs win, it won't feel like they earned it, and they've instantly become the bad guys. The only way anyone takes any real joy out of tonight's game is if the Suns win, and that's not particularly fair to the Spurs, who, other than Bruce Bowen, are not inherently unlikable.
We aren't quite ready to go as far as his solution, however: Bench Tim Duncan.
The NBA wants a ridiculous, small ball game? Let's give it to them. Their star big is out, our star big is out. Their 3rd best big is out? Our 3rd best big is out. Fair game, fair fight. Let's just play midget ball for 48 mins. It would shut up every critic, it would shut up their taunting fans, it would blow away the broadcasters. No matter what they say about us, they can't can't call us cheaters and they can't say we're not classy. It would send a message to the world and to the Suns that we didn't want the Amare/Diaw suspensions to happen. It wasn't our idea.
You don't think all of the Suns momentum would be sucked right out of that building? Nobody would know what to think. It would totally fuck with the Suns minds and all their intensity and focus would be gone in a flash. Whatever desire the refs might have had to screw us would be forgetten and they'd be impressed with our chutzpah and our principles. I don't know if we'd win or lose, but either way we'd make our point.
Well, yeah, we suppose, though watching the Suns play the Jazz in the next round might temper some of that self-congratulatory principle. We admire the idea, though. Regardless, they're gonna play anyway, and you can probably expect to see Duncan.
Oh, and that Cavs-Nets series is tonight, too, still plodding along.
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(UPDATE: We couldn't agree with a lot of you commenters more, by the way: Bill Simmons' column on this is particularly excellent.)