The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns didn't just play a thrilling triple-overtime game on Tuesday night -- they played a thrilling triple-overtime game that was a wonderful example of how entertaining regular season NBA basketball can be.
As so many casual fans bemoan the lack of meaning or drama in the NBA's regular season -- especially with college basketball's March Madness spectacle going on -- Lakers-Suns provided a serious argument to the contrary.
Silver Screen And Roll's C.A. Clark digs in on that thread.
Tonight's contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns had everything you could want in a game of professional basketball. Strong offensive execution, great shooting, amazing individual performances, and lots of drama. It was an incredibly clean game (the teams combined for only nine turnovers and 27 free throws through three quarters before the 4th and OT got slogged down a bit) and there was even some defense sprinkled in at the end, aided by what must have been some heavy legs. And in the end, there was a clear winner: the game of basketball. Aside from a few broken hearts in Arizona, who might be understandably upset that their portion of great game came with a side of wrenched gut sprinkled with flakes of crushed soul, I doubt anybody who caught this game was left unsatisfied.
As the wonderful Zach Lowe pointed out, even the celebrities at Staples Center enjoyed the marathon hoops session. Mindy Kaling (the actress who plays Kelly Kapoor on The Office, for which she is also a writer) had one of the better Twitter streams during the game. It included this gem from when Grant Hill fouled out after 44 minutes of play.
Poor guys, they must be so tired. When Grant Hill got kicked out I swear some guys looked a little wistful, like take me with you!