Sunday, March 01, 2009

Seven Seconds or Shaq

Steve logs on to FML and types. "I traded my backup power forward because he hated our new coach and was overpaid as a backup. The team plays awful under my hand-picked coach who's a friend and former teammate and I fire him. I promote an assistant who brings back the old style. My All Star power forward goes down for the season after we decide not to trade him for draft picks and expiring contracts. His eye injury is the continuation of a training camp injury dealt by the backup I traded. F my life."

Seven Seconds or Shaq
This is the Suns hope for the remainder of the season. If the early offense isn't there, dump it down to the Big Cactus. The fact of the matter is we have a guy who really wants to win another title... who's done it before. We have two guys who are desperate to win a title before their stellar careers come to a close. Shaq is rested from having sat out all the back to backs early in the season. He's been rejuvinated by the training staff. Now the team really needs him. Some nights, they'll run people off the floor. Other nights Shaq will have to dominate for the Suns to win. He passes well out of the post. He's hitting a decent percentage of his free throws. He's probably as funny as he's ever been.

The Suns victory over LA today was their best of the season for many reasons. They were missing Steve Nash and dependent on Shaq and someone else to step-up. Matt Barnes after saying the Suns owed the Lakers one, has his best game of the season. The Suns built a lead and rebuilt it after a furious Laker rally. The Suns also goaded Kobe into 38 shots. Kobe put it on him today and kept firing until he had 49 points and a 2nd straight loss.

So the Suns are 6-2 in their quest to go (at least) 22-9, secure 50 wins and hopefully a playoff berth. The warmups against the Clippers and Nonics are nice but the Suns will have to get playoff-quality wins to get into the playoffs. It's time to start playing to the strengths and fight like this season is not lost. Hearing so many Laker fans in the crowd on national TV was a disgrace. This team needs it's fans back. If the Suns are going to beat the mountain of odds building against them, they need all the help they can get.

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At 8:47 PM, Blogger Mark said...

anyone know what that amazing instrumental piece of music was that was played on tv during the game?

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a game! I agree--the best of the season, hands down. After that DISGUSTING loss to the DISGUSTING Lakers last Thursday, I had never felt so cynical and so ready to give up Suns-watching. But a few more wins like that, especially against Orlando and San Antonio, and I'll believe again.

Two things:

The Suns appear to be at least as good without Amare Stoudemire. Recall that they were also good without him in 2005-06, and the writing is on the wall. After this season, dump the chump.

I just heard that the Kings have waived Drew Gooden. The Suns should sign him immediately, whether it's expensive or not. Besides that he's a decent player, the Spurs want him, and he can replace Stoudemire next season if Stoudemire is traded.


At 9:35 PM, Blogger Hersey said...

I can scratch beating LA off the 'to do' list.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger DV LD Debate said...

It's good that you posted anonymously because what you said is absolutely foolish.

1. The Suns aren't as good without Amar'e. Stop being so prideful over a couple of victories, and only one victory against a viable playoff team. To say that just because the Suns were able to sustain winning post Amar'e injury doesn't mean they wouldn't be significantly better playing him at Power Forward than Lou or Barnes. Both of whom combine to score and rebound less than Amar'e. Barnes has played terrible all year except for one game, so let's not stake our championship hopes on that guy. I like his hustle and play but he needs consistency before I am sold on him. 42% from the field isn't great. especially considering he is shooting nearly as good from 3 after coming out of a slump 38%.

2. Drew Gooden is slow and fat and coming off injury. The last thing we need is another slow power forward dragging down the pace of the offense. One slow guy is all we can afford and I'll take Shaq over Drew any day.

3. Just for fun, Try and realize that with Amar'e our point differential in the new style would be even larger. (as they were prior to the injury) And, we may not have been BLOWN OUT by the lakers because we would have OUR LEADING SCORER. It's just crazy when people say things like what you said. Get it together. Firing Porter was the right call, Gentry is the right guy, and GOD WILLING, we make the playoffs and get Amar'e back just in time to insert the most dangerous running PF in the game.


Kyle Fleeger (to allow for proper criticism and potential fame)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Hersey said...

The soap opera this season has been seemed to be doomed when Amare went down. The team may scratch out some nice victories but they need him if they are going to win a series, should they make the playoffs.

Amare's easy buckets and free throw shooting make him the player the Suns can go to when games are on the line. In this offense, he's unguardable. This team will battle but if they don't get bench scoring now that LB is starting, they will suffer more losses like last night. It's one thing to push the pace but there have to be high quality offensive options to score or create opportunities for role players. Without Amare, the Suns are missing one of the best in the NBA.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger DV LD Debate said...

So sad to hear that Amar'e can't return for the playoffs. I think that regardless of the seasons outcome (playoffs or not) the suns have to KEEP the team in tact. There is no reason to think that by moving Amar'e we will immediately be in contention for next year. So if we draft Brandon Jennings at the end of lottery as projected. We will have a great point guard of the future, a great defensive point in Goran and leandro as a GREAT backcourt. Not to mention J rich sliding around the 2-3. Barnes Hill at the 3 and Amar'e/Lou at PF. Shaq inside. That's a team with a legitimate shot to do damage against any team. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention we would still have Steve Nash. If this experiment fails. Shaq, Amar'e and Nash all come off the books. And you can either retool or resign amare and build around the core of Jennings/Dragic, Leandro, Amare and whoever proves themselves of the young ones on. That's a SOLID core of young athletic scorers. Let's do that.

Kyle Fleeger

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Hersey said...

I'm beginning to embrace the thought of adding a lottery pick (Steph Curry?) and giving it one more try with this roster. The team can't be bad next year knowing their UNPROTECTED lottery pick in 2010 goes to the Nonics. Of all the moves Kerr has made, the Kurt Thomas trade may be the worst.

At 5:57 AM, Blogger teohkhaijian said...

hope sun can beat spurs in sunday they had 3 staright lost already

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Hersey said...

A win today and against Dallas on Tuesday would go a long way.

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At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Arizona Home Insurance said...

I was very pleased to see Gentry playing those young guys the last few games a ton. That's a guy interested in the franchise,not selfishly playing guys to make himself look good. That is truly a team-first coach.


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