PHOENIX Wednesday night's local prime-time NBA drama didn't exactly scream top-shelf production values.
But "One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest" had an ending that worked perfectly for the home team.
For the record, our title-motivating flu was what had prevented Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic from participating in last Sunday's loss to the Orlando Magic. That particular event served as the Suns' seventh consecutive defeat and propelled a few, well, cuckoo assumptions regarding the team and its short-term future.
Anyway, with Wednesday's game clock bleeding down to one-half second before overtime, the finally fit and fiddle Dragic knifed through the defense of the mighty Memphis Grizzlies and flipped in a layup that gave Phoenix a 82-80 triumph witnessed by 13,093 patrons at U.S. Airways Center.
"The play was improv for me," Dragic said. "You know: I play pick-and-roll and take that last shot. I saw an open gap on the right side and tried to pass (Memphis center Marc) Gasol....