Finally, a win! The Suns really needed this one and they played like it. The intensity, the passion, the fire, hustle... it was all there. The defense was pretty good for the most part as evident by the Pistons scoring only 75. The rotations were great and everybody looked like they knew what they were doing thanks to a simplified scheme. Yes, it did help that the Pistons had no clue what they were doing. With Rodney Stuckey out it didn't help them even more that the Suns were trapping T-Mac out on the wing every time he got the ball. I thought they defended the screen and roll very well and for a first in a long, long time, they didn't give away jump-shots!
The game was pretty ugly to start the quarter. Both teams combined for 11 quick turnovers and thats when the Mighty Jared Dudley stepped on to the court to propel the Suns to 11-3 run to end the quarter. Much of the same happened in the 2nd quarter although something unusual happened as well. Dudz drove in for a lay-up got foul'd and for some odd and strange reason the refs gave the ball to Dragic and he went to the line. Dudley's trying to tell the refs, "hey, ahh, I'm suppose to shoot those free throws" while everybody else on the court is looking at him like he's crazy. Meanwhile, you've got Gentry laughing in the back ground because the refs obviously put the wrong guy at the line. Finally, they realize'd it and Dudz knocked down 2 points to go with his game high 19. Some times I just don't get the NBA referring? Anyway, the Suns ended the half with a 50-32 point lead. They eventually got it up to 68-49 off of two, straight Nash 3-pointers until the Pistons lead by Ben Gordan caught fire and went on a 9-0 run. Things got a little scary right there, but the Suns D'd it up in the 4rth and hit timely threes while holding them to 17 in the quarter.
"It was a much needed win for us," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "I thought we were aggressive from the start."
“Yeah just like frustrating was last game I got to tell you that it was a totally different team today and a huge, huge step forward," Suns center Marcin Gortat said. "We did everything what we’ve been talking about the day before and a tremendous effort , tremendous will of winning."-Suns.com
“I told the guys ‘We are going to start judging our defense from this day forward,”’ Suns coach Alvin Gentry said.-Yahoo!Sports
Great win, it was much needed and the defense looked great. Of course it was the Pistons, but you can't ignore the effort and the hustle that was there. I'm still not convinced though. If the Suns have shown us anything this season, it's that they're consistently inconsistent. Still, I have faith that this new and simplified defense will lead to good things. Hopefully, tonight was a turning point in the season and we can see the Suns play more consistently and get better(instead of worse) from here on out.
For all you Dudley lovers out there!