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@TySun Yeah Ty I think the Suns generally do not like to play Zone probably because they are a poor rebounding team as it is and playing a zone becomes a problem when suddenly you have to find an opponent to screen off the boards when previous to the shot going up you were in part, just guarding an area on the floor.
1 year ago on Preview: Phoenix Suns (21-40) at Sacramento Kings (21-42)
@TySun While I agree Cousins is not very bright, even the most unintelligent baller knows who he has to guard on defense, irrespective of who guards him when he is on offense. There may be a little confusion the 1st or 2nd time down the court but nothing major. I think playing a zone Ty is their best option especially when Scola is out of the game.
I would love to see a Suns victory but I don't expect it. I think their best chance is to play a 2-3 zone defense with the 3 defenders at the bottom to squeeze Cousins.
@BoomShakaLuka Yeah forget the pick and roll Boom with Hamed. There might be a pick but the big fella won't be rolling anywhere on the basketball court. His feet are waaaaaay too slow.
1 year ago on Marcin Gortat has sprained foot, out at least 3-4 weeks
@DBreezy I have no clue what they will do DBreezy but I suspect the Suns will lose all of their games until J.O. returns.
The one thing that is clear is that the Suns power forwards have to be the least athletic ones in the league. No hops and no extreme length are a glowing problem for them on defense. Markieff continues to struggle in the low post on offense. We need so much talent I guess it doesn't matter who we draft as long as they can ball (please not another Marshall). I will never understand why Paeyne at Michigan State isn't even listed as a potential draftee at 6'10" great hops, long reach and improving defensive and rebounding skills. I hope he is available with our likely near the end of the 1st round pick and the Suns take him. Actually I think he has underperformed most of his college career which is likely the cause he remains under the radar.
On another note I saw most of the Lakers Hornets game. While my boy Lopez overall played well against Dwight last night in recording a double double, he absolutely fell apart in the 4th quarter. He mishandled 2 passes in the key where he did not score, missed a dunk and had his dunk at the end of the game blocked by Dwight. I doubt New Orleans hit more than one or two field goals in the last 8 minutes of the game. The Lakers really are not playing that great it is just that Utah and Houston are choking.
1 year ago on Toronto Raptors 98, Phoenix Suns 71 – Crashing down
@TySun I agree TySun the suns win either way. I have already set my sights on Oladipo or Porter (Georgetown), who could be available 3 through 7. I love Oladipo's motor, defense and athleticism whereas I love Porter's all around game. HE does not have exceptional athleticism but is long and can effectively play both wing positions. He killed Syracuse about a week ago and they are a pretty good defensive team.. Either of these guys or Kentucky's center, Noel, out with a torn ACL, would make for an excellent summer.
1 year ago on Preview: Toronto Raptors (23-38) at Phoenix Suns (21-39)
This should be a fun game to watch as Toronto actually has an exciting young team. They had Golden State on the ropes for awhile the other night. The Suns keep winning if Gortat mans up. If he plays soft like he has often this year, the Suns will lose as Amir Johnson is a beast for Toronto on the boards.
@ojai1980 I agree Ojai, he would drive me crazy with how he plays. I do not want my power forward shooting 3 pointers on a regular basis. When he threw the ball away at the end of the game I wanted to strangle him. Let someone else sign the headache for max dollars. Move on Suns.
1 year ago on Dispatches from Sloan – The future of the Suns’ training staff
Duke v Univ of Miami at 3pm PST should be a good game today.
1 year ago on Phoenix Suns 92, Atlanta Hawks 87 — Newcomers to the rescue
@DBreezy Dbreezy that is funny about the Hawks because I have never respected the front of the team and consequently the players either. While I agree only Dragic today is safe from being traded, a few more good offensive and defensive games from W.Johnson and he may find himself getting a reserve roster spot. I love his defense. Tom Chambers was commenting last night in the post game that Johnson has the tools to be an elite player in the league at the 2 guard. Getting Marcus for a 2nd round draft choice looks like a good deal but I doubt he is untradeable.
The reason I like Marcus Morris and Johnson on the wings is even when their jump shot isn't falling they can defend because they are athletic and play intelligent basketball. I think this is why I like O. Porter from Georgetown and Oladipo because they can score and defend.
I love the tough games against playoff contenders like Portland, San Antonio and Atlanta. It shows the young guns how to channel your emotions to raise your level of play. Man if Johnson and Marcus Morris keep playing like this do the Suns focus on finding a big with their own draft pick instead of a scoring wing? Johnson is really impressive especially on defense. Hopefully he keeps becoming more aggressive offensively. Ojai yeah Nerlens being long and athletic would be nice. I also like Michigan State's Payne especially if we get the Laker's pick in the lottery. Gortat is so frustrating. I hope we can get a 1st round pick for the guy this summer. He is being outplayed by someone 5 years older just about every night.
Dbreezy you got to love it don't you? It is like the Suns playoff run. It gives them a taste of success to make them work harder this summer.
@john manhole @bkkkkkkkk Probably right John about Gentry as he caused me to scream at the TV many nights with his conservative coaching.
1 year ago on Phoenix Suns 105, San Antonio Spurs 101 (OT) — O'Neal takes over
@DBreezy I could not agree with ya more DeBreezy. Dragic has to be smarter picking up those fouls against a scrub. I too am not overly concerned with where we draft as it appears we are destined for a top 3-7 spot.
Regarding what will make the Suns a playoff contender, IMO it will take at least two things, a power forward who averages at least 9 boards a game who is better than average in defending the low post and an athletic scoring wing who can defend. While Marcus could be a decent small forward, IMO neither of the twins will ever be an everyday starting power forward because they are probably only 6'8" without exceptional bulk or athleticism. It is easy to see why Markieff gets in foul trouble defending the low post.
With Gortat likely to leave this summer we will also have to secure a decent center. If O'Neal is inked to a 2 year deal we can get a young center to grove over the next two seasons. I am impressed with O'Neal in part due to his health and play but more so because he could have been bought out and moved on to a playoff contender but he chose to stick it out and get more playing time in Phoenix. It is that type of character along with confronting Blanks that in my mind makes you a leader who gives the locker room attitude (chip on their shoulder) and confidence. I did not think much of the summer signing of O'Neal due to his history of injuries but I was dead wrong.
@JohnDevance I think they will trade him John because he will likely leave with nothing in return the following summer.
Best win of the season by far. O'Neal could be worthy of a 2 year contract especially when Gortat leaves this summer. O'Neal looks incredible. I also think Marcus Morris and Wesley Johnson are both very smart players. Wesley J did a really good job defending Parker in the 4th quarter and overtime. The jumper was great but I was more impressed with his defense as the Spurs were in the bonus and he defended without a lot of fouls. They had to put Johnson on Parker in the 4th quarter because Dragic had 5 fouls. Nice coaching tonight Hunter.
Yeah it did not improve our lottery chances but I think there is starting NBA caliber players at picks 1-7 so I am not overly concerned as long as we get a top 7 pick. Confidence and learning how to play in tight games is great experience.
Stone hands Gortat almost blew it when he wasn't ready for Dragic to pass it to him despite the fact he was wide open at the elbow. He must have been thinking about a woman at the time.
Anyway great night Suns.
@bkkkkkkkk Excellent point Bkkkkkkk. Gentry was just too conservative to do anything unconventional like playing 2 7 footers together. Props to Hunter for not being afraid to use whatever talent he has on the bench.
@DBreezy Tonight's game is the one I am afraid to watch. This will be a true SCARY MOVIE.
1 year ago on Phoenix Suns 84, Minnesota Timberwolves 83 (OT) -- Winning ugly