Originally Posted by jth1331
I think its ridiculous that Melo and Howard didn't make it. Whatever though, I don't really care.
While I do think the Mavs are a better team, I think you are taking what the Suns have been doing too lightly. I mean, the Suns started out 1-5, and have gone 36-4 since then. Mavs have gone 38-4 sine their 0-4 start. This is why bad starts aren't exactly deathening in the NBA, NHL or MLB because there are so many games.
Also, the first game was a long time ago, when both teams weren't playing "great" basketball. It was still close, 119-112, the second game was even closer in Dallas, 101-99. It isn't exactly like the Mavs killed the Suns in both games.
For all of the Suns' effort, they still have gained no separation from the Mavs, and are currently in second place. With the remaining schedules of the two, I dont see the Suns winning the West. From all of the hype they have received, you would think that they were 47-0. They can streak all they want, but if they cant beat Dallas, its all for naught, and they have had some serious problems beating Dallas.
The team that Dallas beat twice this season is the same one playing now. Suns fans seem to think that they can rationalize those losses by throwing out that qualifier, when in actuality, Dallas is up a half-game in the standings and has a 2-0 lead on the tiebreaker, with a win already taken on Phoenix.' home court. Dallas is already 2/3 of the way to tiebreaker advantage.
The Suns have a nearly impossible job in beating the Mavs both in the regular season and in the playoffs.