If you missed Suns-Warriors on TNT on Thursday night, too bad for you.
Nellie was up to his old, small-ball tricks, starting three guards -- Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Jason Richardson -- and Stephen Jackson at power forward and Al Harrington at center. The Warriors scored 45 first-quarter points (and had 77 at halftime), eventually holding off the Suns 124-119.
So here are our observations and outlandish declarations from one of this season's most entertaining games:
1) Did the Suns throw the game? Of course not. But I bet they would love for the Warriors to claim that final playoff spot in the West and face the Mavs in the first round. Nellie's inside knowledge of the Mavs and his frenetic, up-and-down attack would make for an exciting series, likely forcing the Mavs to expend a lot of energy.
2) Baron Davis is now the league MVP. Stay with us here. When Nash and the Suns got the better of the Mavs on TNT on March 14, the national media was ready to hand the MVP award to Nash during the postgame. If one game can make that much of a difference, then Davis' complete domination of Nash on TNT with 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds means he is obviously now the MVP fave.
3) On a serious note, because of injury problems (and some say attitude problems) it's easy to forget how talented Davis really is. When he focuses on pushing the tempo, attacking the basket and staying active, he is a joy to watch. His strength is astounding, and his ability to rebound and put in layups among the trees is remarkable. When he falls in love with the 3-pointer and stops distributing the ball is when he gets in trouble.
4) Andris Biedrins' free-throw form makes Shaq look like Reggie Miller. You have to see it to believe it. Still, the Warriors have quite a talented frontcourt player on their hands.
-- Joe Garza, Mavs Lite