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8 days ago: Phoenix Suns' center Marcin Gortat (4), of Poland, shoots over Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
I said before the game that if we were to get blown out by the Heat again I would be surprised (because I figured the Suns would come out pumped up to play with their new guys). but I also said that if we were to get blown out by the Heat again I wouldn't be surprised (because it's the Miami Heat). So I think you can understand when I saw that It's hard to curb the emotions after a game like this -- but somehow I've managed to make 'it' go numb without the help of pharmaceutical assistance. Maybe it's because I've immediately changed the channel from TNT and popped in Talladega Nights.
Well we got blown out by the Miami Heat again - even with Dywane Wade "injured" (A.K.A. resting for the Lakers game on Christmas) we lost in embarrassing fashion.
But guess what? My name is Eutychus and I'm okay with it.
Have some of what I'm having after the jump. SUCKAZ.
Maybe what I'm having is a little bit of apathy and patience. But to embrace that we've got to vent a little frustration I suppose.
First off - we had a blockbuster trade last weekend that sent Hedo Turkaglu and our leading scorer in Jason Richardson to the Magic for Vince Carter, Marcin-Man-Hammer-Gortat, and Mickael Pietrus and we've had to wait nearly a week to see our new players in action, so naturally the build-up was big. Then, we get news Vince Carter has problems with his knee and won't debut tonight - so we ask, "Who's going to be our scorer?". Add to that the fact that we're on a stretch where we're playing what seems like 10 of the top 10 teams in the NBA... and yeah there's been a lot of emotional tension in this Suns fan right here.
The Heat came into Phoenix here ready to roll over a sub-.500 team just like all the other scrub teams they've pummeled up to this point. They sit Wade - they take questions from the media about Saturday's game - they look uninterested on the court, and they still win. What does this mean?
It means the Heat are pretty good right now. It also means the Suns are pretty bad right now.
I'm going to give away some of my much coveted Euty-Awards tonight, so lets go - I won't waste anymore time:
First things first - the MVP of the game goes to....
Congrats to Jared Dudley for stepping up and being our leading scorer for the second time in two games. Also for the second time in two game Jared Dudley has exploded and set career highs for himself. Tonight it was both in points (33) and rebounds (12) and he also had 3 steals. The guy has been absolutely in the zone for the last few weeks. He also made many hustle/brains plays that allowed the Suns to take an early lead in the 1st quarter and also tease us fans with hope in the quarters to follow. I love you Dudley. No Homo.
CONGRATS DUDES! YOU LOOKED ABSOLUTELY FUGLY AS ALL GET OUT TONIGHT!
Usually I throw Scott Howard under the bus, but here I'd like to acknowledge a good tweet from him,
That's the truth. They were out of sync and looked frustrated, they looked like maybe they had only 2 practices to incorporate some new guys. When Goran Dragic was on the floor in the first half the Heat pushed full court pressure and trapped the young lad at the 3 point line on every possession. He got frustrated - he made turnovers - he played awful. This needs to improve and I have confidence it will. He has shown he can come back from bad performances in the past.
The rest of the bench was just as awful with the exception of Gortat who showed signs of good things as he set STRONG screens and moved to guard the PnR very easily, he also showed nice hands and touch around the rim (even if he was being blocked?... ) Pietrus couldn't hit a shot, Channing Frye was sporatic on both ends of the floor, Josh Childress couldn't get his mojo flowing, and Warrick... well congrats you earned the -
Congrats man! You made your poor defense look even poorer tonight!
He did have a sweet monster jam in the 3rd quarter... but the entire 1st half he was blowing defensive assignment left and right and it was costing the team easy buckets on the inside and out (with Bosh hitting his mid-range jumper, as usual, imagine that)
Great work steve you had 1 million assists and 4 points!
Can't blame the whole 'not scoring' part entirely on him. As Steve Kerr said during the broadcast, the Heat have some of the best PnR defense (especially when Erick Dampier isn't in the game) in the league and that definitely prevented Nash from getting good looks at the rim.
But the whole 'no offense' problem also stems from the fact that Suns players set up by Nash or whoever had good open looks and just bricked away until they had a gingerbread house. Grant Hill you played great defense but I'm looking at you and your streakiness. Frye, don't you look away from me son! You hear!?
Yo dudes good work! You two managed to be the random sleepers on the opposing team that always seem to hit the big shots that aren't supposed to hit! Maybe it's because we leave you wide open. Or maybe it's because we double guys that we don't need to double team in the paint. I don't know but congrats anyhow - you shouldn't feel proud because you're not special.
Nice dunks man. Business as usual? I thought so.
Merry Christmas dudes - you watched the game. If you didn't and you're reading this - don't watch the game. Enjoy your Christmas and family activities this weekend.
Well Bro-hammad Ali's - I'm all awarded-out and sick of thinking about this game. What do I take away from this game? Nothing really except that it's going to take some time to incorporate our new guys into the system just like we thought it would. It doesn't help that we play the best teams in the league to start working things out... but hey - at least after this stretch everyone else will seem easier right? Right?
Just check out our boys with the Magic - they sucked hard in their first two games with the Magic this week and then tonight they went on to embarrass the team with the best record in the league. Have patience and try not to get too worked up either way with our losses and our wins over the next few weeks - building and cultivating MOJO takes time.
Peace out - and to all a very merry Christmas!
Oh yeah - check out that other blog in case you want to rub salt in your open wound you sicko.
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Oh yeah again - just for fun I'm going to give out another Euty-Award -
Congrats Omaha Sun! YOU ARE THE MAN with a whopping 143 comments totaled in the thread. NashMV3 was a close 2nd place with 137 and Bkj earns a bronze with 120! You guys rocked it tonight - keep up your diligent fan-hood. You make us all proud.
For everyone else's competitive humor - here's a final roll call and a tally for how you performed tonight on the threads. Who will earn the Euty Award next time?
Roll Call: Eutychus, Aztiramtempe, Beavis 25, Suns13fan, jc79, Seth Pollack, Bkj, Will Slaven, hcblankscreen, sqloudane, Jaxis, shawndy, Michael A. Xidis, KnowGood, Smoooth Criminal, sonicking, sunsfanfromchicago, Omaha Sun, NashMV3, blank_38, suns68, Dantre, the_real_MikeT, BattleMoses, haremoor, WaveOcean, lux200, SUNS PORTUGAL, Dragic_is_Magic, Joe Kleine, quixilver, waxmonkey, u_must_chill, The Suns, Migonads, ArizonaCactus, MMotherwell, abohmer11, NashtySUNS, Reelsht, the new Bradfather, troglodytes, cryogenic_tone, 8472species, Alex Laugan, iceythril, tuck321, 7footer, Spit_Fire, BringBackBarkley17, André Pierrot, Stanley B, SunKing, The Solution, perep, Guitarzan, ryansunsfan, N8lol, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, blanke, East Bay Ray
Total Users: 61
Total Posts: 1652
Total Threads: 2
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|Michael A. Xidis||12|
|East Bay Ray||1|
[Note by Seth Pollack, 12/24/10 12:16 AM MST ]
After some games there's lots of insightful quotes and thoughts and discussion. This wasn't one of those games. The most important thing was this:
Miami Heat Snuff Out Non-Offensive Phoenix Suns, 95-83 - SB Nation Arizona
"They were trapping me the whole game. Double-teaming pick and rolls and every time I went to the basket they over rotate to me so my teammates were open, we shot 40 percent. Most nights I think we shot 50 (percent) on the looks we got and we win. Tonight we just didn't shoot the ball that well," Nash said after the game, adding that he felt fine physically.
I tend to agree. Defensively, there were some break downs of course and Warrick is getting painful to watch at times but overall, there were a lot of missed shots against a very smart game plan from the Heat. They wanted the ball out of Nash's hands and they wanted to pack the paint. They did and without Hedo and Jason's shooting to help spread the floor it worked like a charm.
The second unit obviously needs to get better too.
Roll Call: Eutychus, Aztiramtempe, Beavis 25, Suns13fan, jc79, Seth Pollack, Bkj, Will Slaven, hcblankscreen, sqloudane, Jaxis, shawndy, Michael A. Xidis, KnowGood, Smoooth Criminal, sonicking, sunsfanfromchicago, Omaha Sun, NashMV3, blank_38, suns68, Dantre, the_real_MikeT, BattleMoses, WaveOcean, lux200, SUNS PORTUGAL, Dragic_is_Magic, Joe Kleine, quixilver, waxmonkey, haremoor, u_must_chill, The Suns, Migonads, ArizonaCactus, MMotherwell, abohmer11, NashtySUNS, Reelsht, the new Bradfather
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Matt York - AP
Steve Nash and Grant Hill react to a Polish Posterization of Chris Bosh my Marchin' Man-Machine Marcin Gortat... Not really, but it could happen. Props to N8lol for the sweet nickname (AP Photo/Matt York)
Here we are - the much anticipated debut of a couple of our new players, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus, we'll have to wait for the Vince Carter show to start until Aaron Nelson gives him the green light.
Lets Keep this thread a little more PG-13-ish and not so much X-rated like the Game Preview comments. :)
NOW RELEASE THE HAMMER!
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[Note by Seth Pollack, 12/23/10 8:16 PM MST ]