Suns fans finally have a reason to pay attention to the regular season, namely that there could be no post season. The past four regular seasons have been irrelevant for many Suns fans. The team was one of the top three or four in the NBA, and they were a lock to make the playoffs from the first day in training camp.
Each season would end in disappointment as the Suns would eventually lose in the playoffs, making it to the conference finals in 2005 and 2006. Suns fans would start the next season wishing that it was over already so that they could have another shot at the playoffs and a NBA championship. They would have to bide their time for the next six months as the team went through the motions of the regular season. The Spurs were the only team that seemed to be able to beat them.
This year is different. This year’s team has been very inconsistent and had some very high highs, and some very low lows. It has made fans sick to their stomach at times, and now we sit on the verge of a brutal nine game stretch questioning if the team will even make the playoffs. Amar’e Stoudemire is done for the season, Shaq is disappointed he wasn’t traded, and it is questionable if Steve Nash will be able to play the next few games. Adversity has been abundantly present this season.
That is what sports is about, going through the ups and downs of the season to ultimately get your team to stick their foot in the door of the playoffs and hope they go all the way. Every fan wants their team to be good, but when they are too good you begin to take things for granted and forget to enjoy the regular season. You aren’t able to sit on the edge of your seat and watch each game with baited breath, knowing that each game could get you one step closer to the playoffs or put you that much more out of it. Each game matters and it’s anyone’s guess if the Suns will win.
So thank you Suns, for a dramatic season, even if it does only last until April.