There's not much to say about this game. The Heat just out-played Phoenix in all areas. Nothing was going well for the Suns from the start-finish. The biggest thing was the lack of energy. The effort was there as evidenced by a 3rd quarter run led by Grant Hill that cut a 24 point lead down to 12. Of course, the energy to maintain that effort didn't last. These Suns are tired and they made me tired just watching them.
Certainly wasn't what we were hoping for, but oh well, just got to suck it up and move on. I got to give some credit to the Heat who played some excellent defense, took the Suns out of their game and ran them off the 3-point line. They scrapped, they clawed, they hustled and took good care of the ball. Everything the Suns were suppose to do.
This was obviously the worst performance we've seen from our team this season, but it was due to happen sometime soon. Lets be real here; it takes a tremendous amount of energy to not only out-run your opponents, but to out-work your opponents night in and night out. Not having a center doesn't help either. Because of that there will be nights like this. There will be nights when the energy just isn't there. We can certainly check this as one of those nights.
To leave you on a good note. This Suns team is battle-tested, perhaps more than anyone else. They've been the first to walk into the fire and they'll be the first to walk through it.
Grant Hill had a nice showing. Only 15 points, but he was aggressive attacking the rim which resulted in making all 9 of his attempts from the free throw line.
I thought Turk had a decent showing with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist in 24 minutes. He showed some aggressiveness and took advantage of mismatches.
Chris Bosh was brutal. 12-17, 35 points and 11-11 from the free throw line. Of course 3/4's of his jump-shots were all open.
I get it -- it's Wednesday, you're halfway through the week. By this time, you're tired, hungry, sick of work, sick of school and just want to go home, lie down on your couch/Lazy Boy/chair (whatever) and get lost in a Suns game. Well, you're in luck because tonight the Phoenix Suns face LeBron James and his Miami Heat! That's right, it's LeBron's team now!
Now before I go any further, I'd first like to warn you that I am indeed a "Heat Hater." In fact, I even belong to the official "Heat Haters" group founded by ChiTownCliff. Now, let me just add that all this hating is in all good fun and shouldn't be taken that seriously. After all, it is very fun to hate on the Heat, especially when they're losing and have LeBron James on their team. Not to mention that Chris Bosh is vastly overrated. If you don't hate the Heat, do me a favor and hate them tonight because your PHOENIX SUNS are bringing their talents to South Beach! Alright, onto the game preview.
The Suns and Heat are two very different teams despite sharing the same record (6-4). The Heat came into this season with great expectations and so far have ... well, let's just say they aren't as good as advertised to be. The Suns, on the other hand, were picked by most "experts" to finish no greater than a 7th or 8th seed. However, this team has surprised me the past 10 games by showing more grit, toughness and resilience than I thought they had. Take into consideration a brutal schedule, an injured center, rust and 3 new acquisitions to work in and I'd gladly accept a 6-4 record.
This is a mediocre team right now which, to many, is disappointing. However, they will get better in due time. Although, "great" they are not, "great" LeClown and Dwyane Wade are and because of that, the Heat will eventually be great, right?
I've done some scouting and apparently they can't rebound that well, either. In fact,
The Heat have issues- "Gobbling up missed shots is another simple way to generate easy, close-range buckets. The Heat haven't been helping themselves in that respect. They rank 29th in the league in offensive rebounding rate, while James has two boards on the offensive glass all season and Bosh is about half his career number."- Kevin Arnovitz
It kind of surprises me that LeChoke is only averaging 5.6 rebounds a game in 37 mpg compared to 38-year-old Grant Hill, who is averaging the same in just 27 mpg. Their best rebounder is 6'8 Udonis Haslem, who pulls down a respectful 8.6 boards in 27 mpg. Lol. Of course, the Suns can't rebound or defend the paint at all, which leads me to ...
The Suns and their Issues
Rebounding - WE SUCK!
No Center - which is why we can't rebound. Get well soon, Robin ...
Turnovers - Wait, we fixed this ... nevermind, phew!
Dudley's shooting - I'm going to take it that he's going through a slump like every shooter does at some point in their life. Only 27% from three, geesh! Still, Dudz brings the energy and intensity every game. Expect that energy and intensity to sky-rocket to unmatched levels of greatness and magnitude as soon as he has just one good shooting night, which hopefully is tonight. I called it!
The Game Plan
There's really not much to say. I mean, guys like LeBron and Wade can just drive to the hole at will against us. We could go zone, but then you've got Carlos Arroyo, former Suns James Jones (who's shooing 50% from three this year, by the way) and Eddie House, who are all deadly shooters from outside. Still, seeing how we can't rebound or expect to make 22 3-pointers every night, all we have to do are these few things (as evidenced by the Denver game) and we win:
Start an upheaval with the Miami fan base. Working on it ...
Yahoo!Sports - James complains about playing time. - "For myself, 44 minutes is too much," James declared. "I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out."
Suns vs Heat preview - "I think guys are starting to get comfortable playing with each other and it has shown in the last couple games we've played," Richardson said. "We have to continue to grow as a team."