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.

Tim Thomas

Suns fans remember him if only because of the way he spurned the Suns when he left for a mega-contract for the LA Clippers.

Yeah, well, Thomas just made Bill Simmons’ NBA MVP list at #314:

I guess the question is this: Is there an NBA forward alive who couldn’t play 31 minutes a game, score 12 points, notch five rebounds and three assists, miss 70 percent of his 3-pointers and allow his guy to score at will? If baseball has VORP (value over replacement player), then basketball should have VOTT (value over Tim Thomas). And that’s not even half the story. During a Lakers-Clips game last week, the Postmaster General (that’s my nickname for him) spent a large chunk of the third quarter jogging between the two 3-point lines without ever crossing either line, almost like he wagered a teammate that he could play an entire quarter without going within 24 feet of either basket. It might have been the most riveting moment of the Clippers’ season. He’s such a dog that PETA might protest this paragraph.