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Gamers / That's not even your blood

SI's Jack McCal­lum just pub­lished an arti­cle about the Suns-Spurs series that includes an intrigu­ing peek into the mind of Robert Horry. As every NBA fan knows, Horry's blood runs cold dur­ing the play­offs, evi­denced by his pen­chant for hit­ting dag­ger-like three-point bombs and his nick­name, "Big Shot Rob." (NBA.com has a page ded­i­cat­ed to Horry's big shots, includ­ing com­men­tary and video). But what's he real­ly like? McCallum's insight into this comes from the Game 1 col­li­sion between Steve Nash and Tony Park­er.

An air of civil­i­ty sur­round­ed Game 1, an atmos­phere that grew out of the mutu­al respect the fran­chis­es have for each oth­er. There were Dun­can and Suns vet­er­an Kurt Thomas sumo wrestling for posi­tion down low, then pat­ting each oth­er on the back dur­ing a break in play. There was Nash, unaware that he was soon to suf­fer a TKO, bend­ing down in con­cern as Park­er lay on the court after their col­li­sion, a kinder response than Park­er got from team­mate Robert Hor­ry, who said, "Get up, that's not even your blood."

Fun­ny, that's exact­ly what I was think­ing when I saw Park­er writhing around. One thing is clear: Nash and Hor­ry are both gamers. [Thx, Hen­ry]