It may be a romp out East, but Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire did their part to ensure at least some slightly-competitive basketball in the West Finals tonight, winning 118-109 in Game 3 to cut Kobe’s series lead to 2-1.
Nash had 17 points and 15 assists and Stoudemire matched a playoff career-high with 42 for Phoenix, which held off Bryant’s 36, nine boards and 11 assists and Pau Gasol’s 23 and 11 rebounds. The Suns also got 20 points from Robin Lopez and 19 from Jason Richardson, including a couple late threes to put it out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Though I’m all in for a Celtics-Lakers final, I wouldn’t put up too much of a fight if Kobe & co. decided to bow out and let Kid Canada take a run at Rondo. A win in Game 4 and it’s a real possibility for the Suns, though they’d have to prove they can hang in at Staples Center if they want a shot at taking the series. Let’s see what happens!
The aforementioned Game 4 goes Tuesday night at US Airways Center, but not before Rondo The Great and the Celtics look to finish off Brandon Bass and the Magic in Boston tomorrow night. Oh well, at least one series these playoffs is going past the minimum.