Thursday, May 6, 2010

Los Suns

The Phoenix Suns, sporting their road "Los Suns" jerseys (in part to protest Arizona's new anti-immigration law), beat the San Antonio Spurs, 110-102, to take a 2-0 series lead.

San Antonio has certainly been the Suns' nemesis over the years. And, with the series shifting to the Spurs' home court for the next two games, I'm certainly not counting any chickens before they've hatched. This is San Antonio we're talking about. We know too well what Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan can do. Richard Jefferson is still going to bring his solid game, and George Hill has yet to really bring it in this series.

But the Suns did what they needed to do. They protected their home court advantage. They're in a great position -- two wins away from reaching the Conference Finals!

Back to the subject of the jerseys. Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports wrote:

In a Cinco de Mayo tribute to the city’s Latino community and a symbolic protest of Arizona’s controversial immigration-enforcement bill, the players wore their “Los Suns” jerseys. Sarver, Kerr and Nash all denounced the bill, and while the Suns have received national praise for the move, they’ve also been, in the words of one staffer, “absolutely crushed” at home. Polls suggest nearly 70 percent of residents support the bill, spurring angry callers to jam the Suns’ switchboard all day. Kerr admitted the team will lose some level of season-ticket holders.

Well, I hope the angry folks can get over it. Of course, I support the move by the Suns to wear the jerseys, and I hope they get a chance to wear them in the NBA Finals. Go Suns!!!

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