That is all you need to know... I know this vid was already fan-posted... but it was so nice we need to see it twice.
That's why they called him 'the Helicopter' in college.
But if you must know more about the Suns first win of the 2010-11 season over the Jazz... JUMP!
First thing's first and this write up will basically be my unpolished initial thoughts of the game and are subject to change at will just like the syllabus your teacher gave you in school... fool.
So we are two games deep and there are a couple things we know for certain already about this season and our Suns team:
Those two things we can know for certain. There were other things that I saw tonight that also brought a tear to my eye, but believe me - I'm not pointing to this game as indisputable proof of the Suns one-track to the championship this year. In fact I don't even want to fall into the same trap as the TNT crew and start prognosticating about the Playoffs... two games into the season. FOOLS.
Speaking of the TNT crew tonight...
Was I only one who thought Reggie had been doing a little bit of this before the broadcast? [That's a rhetorical question obviously] At times he sounded incoherent, rambling and maybe as if he had popped 20 Somas and his brain was relaxed so much that he couldn't speak at proper volumes... Maybe I just dislike him and his 'commentary' very much.
Enough of my complaining - lets 'get to the game'.
GAME MVP: Hakim Warrick. Hands down. With an 18-11 double-double in 26 minutes off the bench, Hak showed flashes of what could be his developed roll with Steve/Goran and the Phoenix Suns. It was 18 points that included the monster-jam youtubed above and sure signs of progress as he continues to learn how to PnR, Steve Nash style. For those who probably don't believe me or didn't hang around this summer, this is exactly the kind of role I felt Warrick could lock down when we signed him this summer - check it.
PnR NOTE: I shed a small tear as I saw Warrick and Nash put on a developmental show. It was like something was starting to click in Warricks internal clock - he stopped listening to his logical instincts and started trusting Nash and his amazing balls. More and more throughout the game Nash wanted to run the PnR with Warrick and each time his confidence would improve and he'd dive harder to the basket - drawing fouls and finesse finishing around the rim.
I believe we as Suns fans took for granted the learned skill-set of Amare and Nash. They knew and were comfortable with each other - they had their timing and telepathy down - it's actually something you have to learn... and just ask Robin Lopez, it's not easy. Tonight RoLo had at least 2 opportunities to roll and catch for easy baskets at the rim but he listened to the logic in his head instead of the little Nash and Hedo voices attempting to penetrate his skull and he stopped, one resulting in a Hedo no-look turnover and the other into a stumped Nash pass and a kick out instead of a RoLo slam.
Goran 'Frosty' Dragic - What can I say? We've officially dubbed him a Jazz killer. In 15 minutes he scored 11 timely baskets and tallied 6 (one more than Nash who played 32 min) great assists. He even received 'Boos' from the Utah crowd as he entered for the first time in the second half. Great stuff from a guy who showed his toughness by playing through some pain and sprained knee. He continues to impress as he improves. Gotta love him. I have faith that even watdogg will come around one day.
Steve Nash: He always struggles against the bigger, physical guards like Deron Williams and Andre Miller - but he held his own today as he did spend a good amount of time guarding and being hounded by D-Willy on both ends. He had his spectacular moments but didn't exert nearly as much energy as he did in the Portland game, BUT he did go 1 to 1 on his assist to turnover ratio with 5 assists and 5 turnovers. Not worried.
Grant Hill: Put his
crazy eyes veteran and physical presence all over this game. He nearly had a double-double and led the team in rebounding scoring 9 and grabbing 12 boards. He came out and set the example as a captain should - he played balls-out the entire game. I love this dude. (not sure why he was rocking the arm sleeve... but maybe that's what gave him the caveman strength to man handle the opponent)
Ball: Hedo came out and shot ball really well tonight and that was great - his defense remains extremely suspect and the offense at times stalls when he gets the ball, but I really like how he can spread the floor especially when he's shooting well. I'm expecting a lot of people to begin the "start Warrick over Hedo" talk... and I think that might be a good debate to have...
Overall everyone played well with maybe the exception of Robin Lopez - but even though he fouled out he still protected the rim well and grabbed 6 boards in just under 20 minutes. Remember - Al Jefferson is no scrub and he had a great game himself - I think he will be a great (maybe even a better) replacement for Boozer in Utah. Once Utah gets its ducks in a row and Okur back they will be a dangerous team.
You could just tell the Jazz aren't clicking all that well - they came out flat in first half, but showed positive signs in the second half playing with more heart.
I loved D-Willy's jam - that guy has some sweet style attacking the rim.
That's all I can think of because I'm getting tired and need to go to bed... add what you want and check out the SLC Dunk blog for their take on the game! Make sure you vote for who you felt the Jazz's MVP was - I voted Al Jefferson because he produced like Jazz fans hoped he would produce.