Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bloodied, beaten, and bewildered

Steve Nash is one of my favorite NBA players yet there are times when I wonder if he’s an mixed martial artist what with those injuries of his that are sustained during games. I don’t recall seeing anyone banged up as bad as Nash in the NBA. Make no mistake, he is a warrior and is as tough as they come. At the end of his career, Nash will considered as be one of the best ever. But I gotta wonder if all these injuries are good for the Phoenix Suns.

What am I getting into? Well, it could be nothing. But then again…

In Game 1 of the Western Conference second round playoffs of 2007, Phoenix point guard Steve Nash sustained a gash on his nose following a collision with San Antonio’s Tony Parker. The Spurs won 111-106.

But Phoenix won the next game 101-81.

In Game 4 of that same series, Nash was hip checked by the Spurs Robert Horry that precipitated a near brawl. Horry was ejected and the Suns won 104-98 to level the series at two-games apiece.

But San Antonio won the next game and the Game 6 clincher.

In Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference finals against the LA Lakers, the Suns were fighting for their playoff lives and won 118-109. But Nash broke his nose following a collision with the Lakers’ Derek Fisher.

Am just wondering here, when the Suns win after a Nash “injury” does it mean that they will lose the next game? Is there a pattern here or is this nothing? We’re going to find out in Game 4.

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