Player of the D.A.Y.

by March 30, 2007

By Sam Rubenstein

Even though the Suns were having one of those nights where they assume they can outrun anyone, and don’t need to play D against an inferior team, the opponent has to make shots. Jason Richardson made shots. As a team, the Warriors took 31 threes, and hit 13 of them. J-Rich hit 5 in the first quarter, on his way to 8 for the game and a big 36 and 12 night.

The Suns seem to have come to grips with the reality that they will not catch Dallas for the #1 seed. Even though Phoenix isn’t as overpoweringly dominant as it was during one of many hot streaks this season, it’s still a big deal when they lose. The Warriors didn’t get a player of the D.A.Y. when they ended Dallas’s streak at 17, because it was such a team effort. The Jason Richardson first quarter outburst powered a 45 point first quarter, and while he had help, he was the main part of the win. His former Michigan State teammate Zach Randolph had a career night with 43 and 17, but that was in a loss. To Memphis.

J-Rich, player of the D.A.Y.