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NBA Playoffs: Sunrise in Phoenix

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Mission impossible? Not any more. Not in the world of the Phoenix Suns. They just became only the eighth team in NBA playoff history to accomplish a series win after trailing 3-1.

The Suns clinched the seven game series against the Los Angeles Lakers in a 121-90 blowout disappointing everyone who expected another “going down the wire” classic. Nevertheless the first six games provided everything a sports fan could possibly handle in a playoff series. Everything.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was reduced to a spectator taking only three second-half shots, missing all of them and scoring only one second half point on a technical free throw.

The last time a Canadian led pro-sports team achieved the same feat was back in 1989 when “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky guided the Los Angeles Kings to first round Stanley Cup playoff victory against the defending champions Edmonton Oilers (won the Cup with Gretzky in 1988) after falling behind 3-1 in the series.

Steve Nash, another Canadian, with a floppy hairdo from Victoria, British Columbia, led the team from the brink of elimination to the series victory. And his back-to-back MVP trophies make him a member of an elite panel that includes Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Tim Duncan. He is now guaranteed the Canadian membership of the club that previously had only one member: the Great One.

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