Welcome to the Suns experience ladies and gentlemen!
The Suns lost a ton of winnable games this week (by my count, 4, but if you don’t think the Lakers are beatable at home, then, fine, 3.) and have really had trouble making anything work on the offensive or defensive end. Let’s start by brief notes about every game:
@Warriors — A Self-Inflicted Loss: The Suns had this game. They really did. Marcin Gortat had 25 points, matching his career high, everyone was balling… And then… Well, it all collapsed. Terrible way to lose a basketball game.
@Nuggets — A Wrongful Sacrifice: Alvin wanted to sac this game for the Hawks game on Wednesday, letting Grant and Steve rest. Well, that didn’t work as expected, right?
vs Hawks — Should’ve Played Steve Against the Nuggets: A sea of heartbreak. This game was winnable before the Suns started collapsing. Still would’ve taken on the Gallo-less Nuggets… But regardless, this was painful.
@Lakers — Predictable: The Suns are a well of youth for their vets, and for the Lakers bench vet bunch. When Matt Barnes kills you… Just beware.
vs Lakers — A Cherry on a Cake of Mold: A beautiful end to a tragic week. If only karmic wins counted for 4, this would’ve been perfect. Unfortunately, they don’t, and this is just a little smile to temporarily make you forget.
Sure, this was to be expected with a back-to-back-to-back and a home-and-home with the Lakers, but regardless it’s still a little disappointing. Where should the fingers be pointed then? Who failed, who didn’t?
Marcin Gortat, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Jared Dudley — These guys consistently produced as much as possible. Sure, they had some slumps here and there, but still did everything possible for the team to win. Too bad Nash and Hill sat out against Denver and Gortat was played monstrous minutes thanks to Robin Lopez’s incompetence. But hey there, at least we can be proud of this bunch.
Alvin Gentry. Alvin gambled on the back-to-back-to-back, trying to keep Nash and Hill fresh. The fact was that the Nuggets game was way more winnable than the Hawks game, especially given that Gortat was absolutely exhausted after having to cover for everyone on D and grab every rebound without a proper box out. Alvin tried, but failed. Not that it was his big faulting.
The Bench minus Markieff Morris, Channing Frye — These guys were absolutely horrid throughout the last five games. I can’t even tell you how painful they were to watch, I just hope you didn’t have to see it for yourself. There is no explanation for what’s going on with this bunch, and there are no excuses either.
And now, for more awards (I love awards!) let’s give out the best and worst of the week to:
The Suns Player of the Week: Marcin Gortat. Say what you will about two games of this 5 game week, but he fought in every single game, capping it off with a perfect effort against the Lakers… Two 21 point games with 16 and 15 rebounds? I mean, that’s great. Andrew Bynum looked bad.
The Suns Amnesty Target: In the Amnesty Target section, one of three possible amnesty candidates: Josh Childress, Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick will be put up to being Amnesty player of the week. This week it’s Hakim Warrick, who played little, and when he did… Well, he was absolutely terrible. Good thing Channing Frye still has time to show coach Gentry that he doesn’t deserve his minutes, otherwise… This might be a long couple of months for Hakim.