The Suns blew not one, not two, but THREE chances to win the game today, and I put the blame on two of those three squarely on Mike D’Antoni. In regulation, with the Suns up 3, the Suns had a foul to give, and all the Suns had to do was FOUL. Instead, they give Michael Finley a CLEAN 3-point attempt, which he made.
In the first OT, Stoudemire got an OPEN look at the free throw line with the Suns up three once again. Instead, he decided to drive and got an offensive foul for his sixth foul, which DQ’d him for the game. Rookies make that mistake – a made jumper would have put the game out of reach at five points (2 possessions).
In the second OT, with the Suns up three again, all anyone had to do was FOUL Ginobli as he dribbled around before his pass to Duncan – who had another clean look at a 3 and nailed it.
AAAAAAAAA!!!!! I think I cussed up a storm at each incident. No WONDER D’Antoni has a rep as a great regular season coach but not a playoff coach. Up three points in three successive quarters and he continues to adhere to this “don’t foul” mantra. EVERY BLEEPIN’ TEAM IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE WOULD’VE FOULED. THE LAKERS WOULD’VE FOULED. EVEN THE DENVER NUGGETS WOULD HAVE FOULED.
If the Suns are going to win, they’re going to have to do it DESPITE D’Antoni’s stupidity at the end of games.