Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Suns look done and Bison inching closer to deal with Florida

Game 5 of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns continues tonight. Game 4 was awfully ugly as 3 players have been suspended due to some altercations in the game. Robert Horry has been suspended 2 games for his hard flagrant foul on Steve Nash and elbow to Raja Bell. Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw are out for tonight's game after leaving the vicinity of the bench during the incident.

I may be a Spurs fan, but I think the suspensions of Stoudemire and Diaw are definitely unnecessary and wrong. I don't think they left the bench to get at Horry. I believe they did it because that was their star player who Horry completely took out. The rule was designed for guys coming off the bench meaning to throw punches; which wasn't the case for Diaw or Stoudemire.

Rules are rules, yes they did break one, but I think this is a dumb rule by the NBA and it needs to be changed. Look how much this will effect the series. I gotta believe the Spurs will win game 5 now. The Suns had some momentum after their game 4 win and now these suspensions will no doubt change the outcome of this series.

As for Horry, his suspension is well-deserved. His cheap shot to Nash was definitely un-called for and his elbow to Raja Bell finalizes the 2 game suspension. He just lost his head. But his suspension won't effect the Spurs as drastically as the Suns.
Do you think the suspensions were handled well and fairly?

NDSU oh so close to deal
A report from the Fargo Forum states that North Dakota State is close to signing a contract that would have its men’s basketball team play two-time defending national champion Florida next season.

“We are on the very, very ending stages of negotiations,” said Bison head coach Saul Phillips. “I’m confident it will get done. It’s a matter of sending and revamping faxes to each other.”

Phillips is working with a sports marketing group based in New Jersey that plans to host the Blue Ribbon Classic – a five-team round-robin tournament that will be held at multiple locations.
In a span of two weeks, the Bison would play two high-major teams on the road. Phillips confirmed that would include a game at Florida, which won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. The Bison would also play a mid-major team on the road and would host a mid-major team.

In other notes, the Mid-Continent Conference has announced a name change which will now be the Summit League.


twins15 said...

I agree with you about the Suns thing... I think it's a bad rule but they did violate it and so I agree with the suspension.

And yeah, a NDSU/Florida game would be pretty sweet... hopefully it becomes official.

grittysquirrels said...

The NDSU vs. FL would be interesting to me and I hope it gets done too. I'm not an ndsu fan by any means (hell i'll be a und alum someday) but I am a fan of ND sports, and its important to get our teams out there. Also this will be a real indicator as to whether NDSU is good enough for the NIT next year and how good FL will be w/o their top 6 scorers from last season.

Also the rule is stupid, but rules are rules. They broke one and so obviously Stern can't just make exceptions because they are star players....Idk, to me the more I watch that foul too the better and better Nash's acting job looks...especially when he throws his hands up in the air.

Bryan said...

joe you've got to be kidding me. horry absolutely decked him, and that was nothing more than a cheap ass foul.

the rule is there, but if it's not right then why enforce it? why not change it to better the game? this whole thing has officially turned me off to the nba for good. and if you want to read a real blog about it, go read bill simmons' blog on

ming01 said...

the only place I will waste my time at is the college football section