Originally Posted by Myth
How does Amare being suspended 1 game cost the Suns over 2 games? And what does over 2 games even mean? Does that mean 3 games?
The only thing that happened was that Phoenix team overplayed in Game 5, at home, and it still was not enough without Amare. And in Game 6, on the road, they were not only gassed but they were on the road to a great team and they lost. It's not a fresh theory either. It was discussed before the games were even played, the possibility of that happening.
And that's not to say that the Suns should have gone thru the motions in Game 5.
That's a scenario where having Popovich would certainly help Phoenix. That's not to say that he doesn't help, in general, but he's terrific with taking in the longterm view.