by Micah Hart
The Horry scale got a nice break during All-Star Weekend, but now it’s back to business courtesy of Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns. After the Pacers’ Danny Granger missed his own chance to join the ranks at the end of regulation, Frye made the most of his opportunity in overtime to give the Suns a 110-108 win in Indy.
Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.
How did Channing do? Let’s dip our toes:
The shot was from deep, but Frye is an excellent marksman from outside so that’s no big thing. Credit to Channing for the headfake on Brandon Rush to create the room he needed to get the shot off, and also credit to Jared Dudley for setting a screen on Frye’s man to free the big man for the look.
A tie game, so a miss would have meant nothing more than a second overtime period.
We are deep into the second half of the season, and with both the Suns and Pacers fighting for a spot in the postseason (the Pacers fell back into a tie for 8th in the East with the loss, while the Suns moved within 1.5 games of Memphis for 8th in the West), neither of these teams can afford to lose.
The Suns congregate by the scorer’s table to mob Frye after the make. And though the video above doesn’t show it, Frye gets a to give Steve Nash a celebratory piggy-back ride. That’s gotta count for something.
2.5 Horrys. Don’t get me wrong, it was a sweet finish by Frye, but that’s a shot he can hit pretty regularly and it was a tie game. I give it an extra half star for the fact that both teams are chasing playoff berths.
What do you think?