College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Although game one of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns is set to start tonight – the verbal jousting started over the weekend. Zen master and Lakers coach Phil Jackson (and ten-time NBA champion as a bench boss) called out two-time MVP and Suns guard Steve Nash for his supposed carrying of the ball. Nash, who’s an assist artist on the court, can also dish it out with his mouth firing back that ‘the best coach in the league, Gregg Popovich (of San Antonio), didn’t have a problem with it last week’. Over the course of the season the Suns had a losing record (1-3) to the Lakers, but that’s only the regular season. Since the beginning of the postseason this Suns team has done nothing, but defy logic. In round one, Phoenix took out the Portland Trailblazers (okay that was expected), but in round two they were simply dominating. The Sun put the brooms to their playoff nemesis the San Antonio Spurs, setting up the showdown with LA in the conference finals. In the final game against the Spurs, Nash played with one eye and still finished with 20 points and nine assists (check out: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/playoffs/2010/05/09/0040900224_phx_sas_recap.nba/ for the highlights). Los Angeles has done what’s expected of them so far this postseason. Everyone and their brother picked the Lakers to make a second straight trip to the NBA finals. In round one they needed six to get rid of the Oklahoma City Thunder and then won four straight to dispose of the Utah Jazz. LA is one series away from proving everyone right. The Lakers have the edge in many categories coming onto the West finals, but don’t count out the Suns. Like their floor leader Nash, Phoenix, has shown to be resilient and have at least one eye on representing the West in the finals.