Well played, sir. Well, played.

Yup. That's all she wrote....but here's a few choice quotes from Captain Canada himself.

But first, a Gortat update. He said his nose was fine and wasn't bothering him. He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds but said he needed to grab more rebounds in the first half. He also said Steve Nash could make a blind man a scorer. He also said we can stop thinking about the playoffs.

Steve Nash:

Phoenix Suns Resigned To End Of Playoff Hopes, Lose To Mavericks 91-83 - SB Nation Arizona
"It feels like it's over, just because we haven't played as well or won games so it's disappointing, but it's been disappointing all season," Steve Nash said after the game.

Asked about his feelings on the new lineup that has Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat starting, Nash answered with a comment about theme of the season.

"Well, you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. We start this lineup and we have a good first quarter but then we don't have Marcin coming off the bench or Jared (Dudley) coming off the bench.

"We're a team that's had so much change this year that I don't think we know where we are yet. We're still trying to learn who we are with all the new pieces. We have five guys left from last year. It's been hard to really get on a roll or momentum without commonality."

Here's the video of him saying those profound words.



 

Game Notes (for the self-destructive types)

Game Notes

1st Qtr

  • Well, this should be fun...in a root canal kind of way
  • Dirk posts up Hill, misses, grabs the rebound and puts It back
  • Oh, Shawn. We miss you, including those kinds of plays
  • Gortat fired up, hits a sweet reverse layup
  • Hey, Violet Palmer! Nice to see you!!....in a root canal kind of way
  • Nash will be 50 and could walk on the court and get 10 assists
  • If this was a playoff game or against an old school team, someone would pop Gortat in the nose before the end of the 1st qtr. I don't see Chandler bothering though
  • Love the hustle and effort from Dudz and Chill
  • Great close out by Chill on that Jet shot
  • Vinsanity time!!!
  • Suns getting a ton of run outs...either Dallas is just playing like poo-poo of the Suns are letting it all hang out in a "nothing to lose" kind of way
  • 26-17, Suns

2nd Qtr

  • Suns 20-4 points in the paint in that quarter
  • So here's the thing...w/ Vince on the floor w/ Brooks, Brooks isn't looking for his shot at all
  • The best part of this end stretch might be Childress' opportunity at redemption
  • So refs now hate Robin Lopez too...ok
  • Dallas has shot the ball for crap but is only down 6. That's nice...like a root c anal
  • 3rd foul on Frye. Rough...
  • 36-26, 5:51. Defense doing the deed...duh
  • Suns shooting over 50%, Mavs 25%. Lead only 8 points. How is that possible?
  • Brian Cardinal only Mav off the bench to cheer that three from Stojakovic
  • Impressive defense by Gortat switching on Barea and keeping him out of the paint long enough for Nash to recover off the screen
  • Suns look much more comfortable w/ Childress on the court...finding him in his places and not trying to force him to play on the perimeter. Of course, he's mostly playing the PF which means he's got an advantage on the offensive end
  • Gortat air-balled that 15 footer and then crossed himself
  • Remember when Vince got here and he said that if we believed that anything would be possible?
  • 49-44...that's not a good thing. As poor as Dallas played, Suns should be up 15

3rd Qtr

  • <Yawn>.....sorry, it's not you, it's me
  • Shawn Marion just led the break and fed Chandler for a layup...that comes after a really dumb play. Good to see the same old Shawn
  • Beaubois might be the worst defender on the court, but the kid can flat out score
  • Nash and Kidd collide. AARP ran on to the court with insurance brochures while they were down
  • Gortat might not be able to score in the post, but he can sure pass from there
  • Bad call by Violet on that charge...Suns advantage however
  • Brooks in a bit early, 63-58. He has 3 pts tonight. Suns need him b/c Dirk is going to go all Dirk in here
  • Brooks iso'd on Chandler...passed to Childress
  • 67-65...and old fashion Suns-Mavs barn burner

4th Qtr

  • 0 points from Frye, but 9 rebounds
  • The Mavs ignore Gortat on the pick and roll and Brooks still scores...he can do that
  • Nice drive there, Vince to draw Dirk's 4th foul. More of that and you wouldn't be on the bench
  • Gortat out for Dudley. Suns center is now...Josh?
  • 75-75
  • Can't tell if the energy level in the building is low of if it's just me being hung over from last night...still
  • Suns 12-21 from the FT line...that's awesome!....like a root canal
  • 1-14 from three...
  • Grant D'ing up Dirk...not that you would expect anything else
  • Nash and Brooks together...didn't notice that
  • Suns really missing Frye's offense tonight...of course it's unfair to ask him to score 20 per game. He's not that guy. Of course, no one else on the Suns team is either
  • One day I am going to go through my old clothes, roll up the T-shirts, play some music, and throw them to people just to see if I can attract a crowd
  • Dirk is ice cold
  • Remember when Nash would hit those circus shots with regularity?
  • Dirk, not longer ice cold. 83-81, Mavs. 1:42
  • Scoreboard just died...play goes on
  • 86-83, Mavs. I think
  • 1:11
  • Horrible shot by Frye trying to draw a foul on a three
  • Dirk...ice cold (water through his veins)
  • 89-83. 44 sec
  • And the fans file out
  • I wish I could file out, but I have two hours of work to do. BOOO HOOOO!!!! Poor me!!!!!


Well played, sir. Well, played.

Yup. That's all she wrote....but here's a few choice quotes from Captain Canada himself.

But first, a Gortat update. He said his nose was fine and wasn't bothering him. He finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds but said he needed to grab more rebounds in the first half. He also said Steve Nash could make a blind man a scorer. He also said we can stop thinking about the playoffs.

Steve Nash:

Phoenix Suns Resigned To End Of Playoff Hopes, Lose To Mavericks 91-83 - SB Nation Arizona
"It feels like it's over, just because we haven't played as well or won games so it's disappointing, but it's been disappointing all season," Steve Nash said after the game.

Asked about his feelings on the new lineup that has Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat starting, Nash answered with a comment about theme of the season.

"Well, you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. We start this lineup and we have a good first quarter but then we don't have Marcin coming off the bench or Jared (Dudley) coming off the bench.

"We're a team that's had so much change this year that I don't think we know where we are yet. We're still trying to learn who we are with all the new pieces. We have five guys left from last year. It's been hard to really get on a roll or momentum without commonality."

Here's the video of him saying those profound words.



 

Game Notes (for the self-destructive types)

Game Notes

1st Qtr

  • Well, this should be fun...in a root canal kind of way
  • Dirk posts up Hill, misses, grabs the rebound and puts It back
  • Oh, Shawn. We miss you, including those kinds of plays
  • Gortat fired up, hits a sweet reverse layup
  • Hey, Violet Palmer! Nice to see you!!....in a root canal kind of way
  • Nash will be 50 and could walk on the court and get 10 assists
  • If this was a playoff game or against an old school team, someone would pop Gortat in the nose before the end of the 1st qtr. I don't see Chandler bothering though
  • Love the hustle and effort from Dudz and Chill
  • Great close out by Chill on that Jet shot
  • Vinsanity time!!!
  • Suns getting a ton of run outs...either Dallas is just playing like poo-poo of the Suns are letting it all hang out in a "nothing to lose" kind of way
  • 26-17, Suns

2nd Qtr

  • Suns 20-4 points in the paint in that quarter
  • So here's the thing...w/ Vince on the floor w/ Brooks, Brooks isn't looking for his shot at all
  • The best part of this end stretch might be Childress' opportunity at redemption
  • So refs now hate Robin Lopez too...ok
  • Dallas has shot the ball for crap but is only down 6. That's nice...like a root c anal
  • 3rd foul on Frye. Rough...
  • 36-26, 5:51. Defense doing the deed...duh
  • Suns shooting over 50%, Mavs 25%. Lead only 8 points. How is that possible?
  • Brian Cardinal only Mav off the bench to cheer that three from Stojakovic
  • Impressive defense by Gortat switching on Barea and keeping him out of the paint long enough for Nash to recover off the screen
  • Suns look much more comfortable w/ Childress on the court...finding him in his places and not trying to force him to play on the perimeter. Of course, he's mostly playing the PF which means he's got an advantage on the offensive end
  • Gortat air-balled that 15 footer and then crossed himself
  • Remember when Vince got here and he said that if we believed that anything would be possible?
  • 49-44...that's not a good thing. As poor as Dallas played, Suns should be up 15

3rd Qtr

  • <Yawn>.....sorry, it's not you, it's me
  • Shawn Marion just led the break and fed Chandler for a layup...that comes after a really dumb play. Good to see the same old Shawn
  • Beaubois might be the worst defender on the court, but the kid can flat out score
  • Nash and Kidd collide. AARP ran on to the court with insurance brochures while they were down
  • Gortat might not be able to score in the post, but he can sure pass from there
  • Bad call by Violet on that charge...Suns advantage however
  • Brooks in a bit early, 63-58. He has 3 pts tonight. Suns need him b/c Dirk is going to go all Dirk in here
  • Brooks iso'd on Chandler...passed to Childress
  • 67-65...and old fashion Suns-Mavs barn burner

4th Qtr

  • 0 points from Frye, but 9 rebounds
  • The Mavs ignore Gortat on the pick and roll and Brooks still scores...he can do that
  • Nice drive there, Vince to draw Dirk's 4th foul. More of that and you wouldn't be on the bench
  • Gortat out for Dudley. Suns center is now...Josh?
  • 75-75
  • Can't tell if the energy level in the building is low of if it's just me being hung over from last night...still
  • Suns 12-21 from the FT line...that's awesome!....like a root canal
  • 1-14 from three...
  • Grant D'ing up Dirk...not that you would expect anything else
  • Nash and Brooks together...didn't notice that
  • Suns really missing Frye's offense tonight...of course it's unfair to ask him to score 20 per game. He's not that guy. Of course, no one else on the Suns team is either
  • One day I am going to go through my old clothes, roll up the T-shirts, play some music, and throw them to people just to see if I can attract a crowd
  • Dirk is ice cold
  • Remember when Nash would hit those circus shots with regularity?
  • Dirk, not longer ice cold. 83-81, Mavs. 1:42
  • Scoreboard just died...play goes on
  • 86-83, Mavs. I think
  • 1:11
  • Horrible shot by Frye trying to draw a foul on a three
  • Dirk...ice cold (water through his veins)
  • 89-83. 44 sec
  • And the fans file out
  • I wish I could file out, but I have two hours of work to do. BOOO HOOOO!!!! Poor me!!!!!


I made the only 3 pointer tonight. And about $18 million more than you this year.

Your five word recap:

1st Quarter: Niiiiiiiiice. Ish.

2nd Quarter: Meh.

3rd Quarter: Eek!

4th Quarter: Ugh.

How nice was it to see the Phoenix Suns jump all over a quality opponent right off the bat? That first quarter was beautiful.  Active hands were in full effect.  The Suns held the Dallas Mavericks to a miniscule 20% from the field. Meanwhile, the Suns were filling it up at the other end to the tune of 56.6% shooting.  Pretty awesome, right?

And yet... only a 9 point lead? Let that marinate for a moment.  The Suns held the Mavs to 5 (f-i-v-e, five) field goals in the first 12 minutes the game and could only walk away with a 9 point lead.  Was anyone else nervous about that? (This is called foreshadowing.)

The Suns built that first quarter cushion on the backs of Marcin Gortat's 12 points, Channing Frye's 6 rebounds and the ageless Steve Nash's 7 assists.  And a whole lot of terrible shooting from a discombobulated Dallas offense.

In the second quarter the bench held serve fairly well.  The Mavs threatened to tie on a couple of occasions, but the Suns had an answer at every turn, carrying a 5 point lead into the half. The 3rd quarter featured more of the same.  Dallas threatened, the Suns pushed back buuuuut... that lead dwindled from 5 to 2.

And then, well, do we even need to talk about Phoenix Suns' 4th quarters at this point in the season? SPOILER ALERT: They are not good, particularly if the first 3 quarters have been marked by any sort of lead or display of basketball excellence.  This time, their offense called it a season, packed their bags and headed to St. Bart's or Svenborgia or wherever rich millionaires (or at least, their offensive stylings) go to take money baths with supermodels.

The gory details are so: after making a game of it for 3 quarters, the Suns' offense collapsed entirely. Also, stop me if you've heard this before... ex-Wildcat Jason Terry hit a couple of clutch shots before turning over the reins to ex-Sun Jason Kidd for a couple of coffin nail three-balls.  On the other end, the Suns made... wait for it 5 (f-i-v-e, five) whole field goals in the quarter.  Of a possible 17 attempts. The also missed 5 free throws of a possible 11 and were a putrid 14-23 on the game.  One last bit of suck before I get on with the individual kudos and immolations: the Suns shot a season low 1-16 from behind the arc for the game.

Kudos:

Marcin Gortat: The Polish Hammer was almost all-world. He finished on the roll and sunk 20-foot jumpers, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds. He also played some spot defense on Nowitzki and managed not to get torched. He was less successful against his Dallas counterpart as Tyson Chandler was good for 16 points and 18 boards. Win some, lose some, big fella.

Jared Dudley: Like Gortat, Dudley made the most of his start, tallying 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and somehow no turnovers.  I say "somehow" because while his energy level is yards better than his predecessor's, his ball-handling and athleticism are not. I cringed at every cut to the hoop he made in traffic and yet, he either finished or dished. Keep hitting the gym, young man and you're due for a massive payday. 

The Suns defense: Maybe it was just one of those nights, or maybe it was the harassing defense from a variety of Suns, but Dirk Nowitzki was damn near a non-factor in this game. 15 points on 19 attempts? I'll take that. As a team they held the Mavericks to 38.1% shooting. Keep in mind that Dallas is the best shooting team in the Western Conference.

Light yourself on fire:

Any Sun Who Took A Free Throw Not Named Jared Dudley or Marcin Gortat: The new starters were a perfect 10-10 from the stripe. Everyone else? 4-13. This is where the game was lost (not really).

Any Sun Who Took A 3 Pointer Not Named Vince Carter: 1-16. This is where the game was lost (for reals, this time). Vince made the only trey. STFU and GTFO, h8trz.

Especially the Sun Name Channing Frye: I'll give Channing his due. He hustled in the paint and collected 10 rebounds and notched 2 blocks. He also failed to notch a single point, missing all 4 of his shots, including perhaps the single worst attempt to draw a foul on a jump shot I have ever seen in a critical part of the game. With the Suns trailing by only 3 points with a minute left in the game, Frye got the ball outside the arc. With 17 seconds left on the shot clock Chandler (?) defending well (good position, arms mostly straight up), Channing attempted the if-I-move-my-arms-into-his-arms-while-in-a-shooting-type-motion-maybe-I'll-get-the-call maneuver. Or maybe you'll get an airball and a turnover and cost the team any chance of getting back in the game. Fail.

The Bench Mob: Aside from Josh Childress, who displayed all the energy and slashiness a fan could ask for in 22(!) minutes, the bench was a complete bust. Vince Carter, Hakim Warrick, Aaron Brooks and Robin Lopez combined for 17 points (on 6 of 16 shooting), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 8 personal fouls.

So, with 10 games to go, the Suns are... no closer to being in the playoffs than they were when they had 12 games to go. They're further away in fact. I'm not saying the season is now officially a lost cause, but I am saying that SBNation Arizona has a fantastic blog devoted to the Arizona Diamondbacks called AZ Snakepit and with Opening Day only 4 days away, it's never too early to bookmark it. (But come back here. We've got fun stuff planned for the lockout regularly scheduled and no longer than usual offseason.)


Take your chatter here, my babies.  Let's see some more of that first quarter mojo!


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