Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spurs exploit Suns awful D

When your toughest defensive player is a 36-year-old on a reconstructed ankle, you have a roster of bums offensive players. Watching the Suns refuse to play help defense on countless Tony Parker forays into the lane- just made it a matter of time. A matter of time until the Spurs made a run and Suns folded.

Terry Porter, hacking Bruce Bowen makes no sense- especially in a TIE GAME. Sure he's shooting 28 percent. He shot more free throws in this game than he had all season. Way to kill any momentum you had. Here's a thought. When the Spurs hack Shaq, they kill your offensive rhythm and then attack your weak defense. When you hack Bowen, he hits and the Spurs (a defensive team) can set their defense without a transition. Not a good strategy.

This was painful to watch because just like in the past, it was just waiting for the Spurs to snatch the game away. The Suns are to Duncan's Spurs what the Cavs were to Jordan's Bulls: foils.

Mark Price :: Steve Nash
Craig Ehlo :: Raja Bell
Larry Nance :: Amare Stoudmire
Chris Dudley's free throws :: Shaq's free throws
Unproven Steve Kerr :: Unproven Steve Kerr

The Suns can't finish 7 or 8 and expect to beat LA or the Spurs in the first round. If this team is truly built for the playoffs (doubtful at this point), they need to start jockeying for position now. If they can't beat teams that are tougher and proven, they need to beat down the bad teams. There is no boon in missing the playoffs. The 9th team in the West has no chance in the lottery and won't pick any higher than 14 because the Eastern also-rans are much worse. This team won't have the ability to blow it up or rebuild until 2010. So the time is now. These players have to put forth their best effort to look like they care to win a title when they lack the ingredients to actually achieve it. For a list of what those ingredients are, start listing the strengths of the San Antonio Spurs.

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At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so pleased by the first half. Halfway through the third quarter, I knew the game was over. --Josh

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. After the Chicago loss, I give up. Blow up the team ASAP. Keep only Nash, Barbosa, Grant Hill, Alando Tucker (because he's never had a chance) and maybe the rookies (but probably not--I think Lopez and Dragic are busts). For a long time, I've felt that the Phoenix Suns are the only thing that keeps me following the NBA, because honestly, I despise the NBA management as much as everyone else. But my faith in this Phoenix Suns group is dying too. They're hopelessly mediocre, the franchise has been made irrelevant by its lack of titles and by the Cardinals stealing the spotlight, and nobody likes the NBA itself anymore.


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