After watching the Phoenix Suns lose another game, this time to the Utah Jazz, it is painfully clear that this team is no longer a threat to win a championship. I’m not even sure if they can even hold on to a playoff spot.
Let’s start with the age factor on the Phoenix Suns. Steve Nash, Shaq, Grant Hill and Raja Bell are well into their 30s. They no longer have young legs and it takes a little more time for them to move laterally on defense. Against a team like the Jazz which has a very disciplined half court offense relaying on cuts, and curls, you are asking these old guys to react quickly which they can no longer do. Shaq especially looked like he wore cement size 30’s on defense against the Jazz. Boozer was able to make one quick dribble to his right and blow by the Statue of Aristotle. Nash has never been known as a defensive stopper and Raja and Grant’s best days are behind them.
Terry Porters new system does not fully utilize Steve Nash talents. Have we not learned from the past when Nash was in Dallas that the half court offense thing just does not work for him? His numbers are down all across the board and if you picked him on your fantasy team like me, then you are some what upset. Not to mention, if they speeded up their offense a little more, Nash’s assist numbers would go up and Amare point total would go up, as nobody is stopping Amare on the break.
I hope Terry Porter figures things out soon.
Around the League
Stu Jackson is back at it again with the suspensions. Kevin Garnett was suspended one game for his slap fight with Andrew Bogut last Saturday night. That was actually the third on court incident related suspension of the year and it isn’t even December yet.
Mark Cuban is being investigated by the Security and Exchanges Commission for insider trading. Mark, you can’t live your life like a T.I. song; you can’t do whatever you like. YEAHHHHHHH
Houston Rockets Big Three all went down with injuries last night. Yao (foot), McGrady (knee) and Artest (ankle) however they were still able get by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston will be hard pressed to make any noise in the playoffs with such fragile superstars like McGrady and Yao. Artest is no stranger to being hurt as well.
Legendary Big Man coach Pete Newell passed away yesterday; he will be remembered in the Hearts of many in the basketball community.
I’m out, like McGrady and Yao after a couple games.