Sorry this is later in the day than normal. I spent most of my day driving back from LA with my newly installed back door window.
Somewhere east of Palm Springs I took a call from Skeets and Tas from the best NBA podcast around, The Basketball Jones. You can check that out here:
Ep. 578: The Overdose | Blog Archive | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | TheScore.com Join The Jones on a sonic journey as we welcome Jeff Clark from CelticsBlog.com and Seth Pollack from Bright Side of the Sun to discuss the Celtics’ stifling defense, whether the Suns’ can salvage their series, working with temperamental chefs, wobbly H’s, L.A. hooliganism, if the 2010 C’s are better than the ‘08 champs, arm wrestling, encounters with Dennis Rodman, Skeets’ worst job and the return of "Dirty Talk."
Check out this video breakdown of Game 2 and let me know what you think. Kind of cool, huh?
It is painful to have to read things like this and just nod in approval. There's nothing you can say back against the truth. Amare needs to show up to this series and defend his own honor. We can't do it for him.
In last night's game, any time the ball came anywhere near the paint, Amar'e stared at it like my dog stares at me while I'm eating a steak, with uninterrupted focus. That would be alright ... in a staring contest. But, in basketball you tend to want to pay at least a modicum of attention to the guy you are supposed to be guarding, lest they decide to run towards the basket. Amar'e apparently disagrees, proving his statement about Lamar Odom absolutely true. LO is supremely lucky to have Amar'e as his "defender".
NBA.com: Blogger Q&A with TNT analyst Doug Collins Seth from www.BrightSideoftheSun.com As someone who's known Alvin Gentry for a long time, how have you seen him grow as a coach? How much of his success now is a result of him getting better with time versus having this opportunity to coach guys like Steve, Grant, Jason and Amame?
NBA.com: Suns in need of some good fortune A trio of turnovers to start the final period, including two poor passes from Steve Nash, were turned into baskets and the Lakers were quickly up 11 again. Stoudemire, practically helpless defensively due to foul trouble in the fourth, didn't go to the lucky card after. Surprise was more like it.
Daily Dime - ESPN If the Lakers make the next round, they won't find themselves standing alone under the hoop with the ball, they won't be able to get easy put-back baskets solely by virtue of their long arms and they certainly won't be shooting 58 percent through two games, all of which have occurred at various points during this series with the Suns.
2010 NBA playoffs: Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire stubborn about defense - ESPN Los Angeles Unfortunately, now that all eyes are on him, an inconvenient truth has been revealed. One that has haunted him his whole career, and a shortcoming he has worked hard to shore up. Somewhere along the way, his focus inexplicably shifted away from what he must do defensively and back toward the offensive end of the court, where he's always been most comfortable. If it doesn't shift back soon, the Lakers will actually be getting a lucky break.
Suns at Lakers - a final look at Game 2 "We can't slow them down. I think we played well offensively but every time we tried to make an adjustment to slow them down, they'd throw it some place else." - Suns coach Alvin Gentry
azcentral.com blogs - Bob Young - BobYoung - Where's Channing Frye? But if the Suns, down 0-2, want to have any hope of salvaging the best-of-seven series when it moves to Phoenix for Game 3 Sunday, they need to put out an All Points Bulletin or Amber Alert or whatever it takes to find Channing Frye. He played less than nine minutes in Game 2 after missing all five of his shots and getting a single rebound.
Bynum Says He's Fine; Jackson Shrugs -- NBA FanHouse Center Andrew Bynum says his ailing right knee is feeling better. Good news for the Lakers, right? Not to burst that bubble, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he's unconvinced of any improvement in Bynum's health and doesn't foresee much before the end of the playoffs. "It's going to stay the same,'' Jackson said after Wednesday morning's shootaround at the team practice facility in preparation for the evening Game 2 at the Staples Center against Phoenix in the Western Conference finals. "I don't think there's going to be a remarkable change in this type of situation. We just want to continue to regulate how much swelling (Bynum has) after a game, and what's going on with that.''
SUNS: What Dudley Deserves The 2010 Majerle Hustle Award winner went to work against the Lakers making them pay every time they left him open on the perimeter. He hit all five of his three pointers on a night when his teammates couldn't buy a long range bucket. He was vital for the big third-quarter comeback that tied the game.
BtB, where Kobe and Pau are brothers from another mother - Ball Don't Lie - NBA - Yahoo! Sports Awful help, lazy on ball. No interest, just excuses. I promise that this isn't some overreaction to his comments about Odom and Gasol before the game, mind you (though his bit about Gasol was a lie, and to call LO "lucky" for the [expletive deleted] he's been through with his family in years past is the height of absurdity and tactlessness); it was the way he consistently strays from the defensive tenets that we should hold dear that gets to me.