Happy Holidays, y'all!  I had hoped to get this up sooner, but when management makes trades a couple of days before your deadline, all those awesome rhymes for "Turkoglu" you were so proud of are suddenly so much dust in the wind.  (Links to 2008 and 2009.)  As always, gigantic Santa's belly sized apologies to Henry Livingston for butchering his holiday classic.  Cheers.

 

Twas the night before Christmas in the house of the Suns

And everything was moving, from lockers to... Suns.

Players were traded, allegedly with care

While aging Steve Nash played with his hair.

The window was closing if not quite yet shut

Another mid-season change: a punch in the gut.

J-Rich went to Orlando with Hedo in tow

Along with Earl Clark, who developed so slow.

And arriving in Phoenix, as if it really matters,

Creaky Vince Carter whose knee was in tatters.

Along with ol' Vince they threw in a pick,

The Hammer and Air France. On paper it's slick,

Of course it made sense, something had to be done

The Suns were tiny and soft, and could no longer just run.

And what of the fans, who've seen this before:

Another roll of the dice, one more fave out the door?

It started with Joe, followed by Shawn Marion

Next was Mike D' so they could bring Terry in.

The Big Cactus swore a ring, but instead put on a show

Just like all of Nash's sidekicks: easy come, easy go.

O, Raja! O, Boris! Now, Earl, Ball and Jason!

Leandro!  Amar'e! This list is amazin'!

To the East Coast we sent them! Away from Phoenix and sprawl!

We let them go! Let them go! Let them go all!

As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly

So have Steve Nash's teammates been cast to the sky.

But back to the court, Two Time always returns

With a desire to win, because his fire, it burns,

As he and Grant Hill do not know how to quit

The keep fighting and scrapping for that elusive ‘chip.

And all is not lost, the roster isn't ALL new

Of familiar faces, there are more than a few.

Skinny Jared was struggling, but now has stepped up

And Alvin's fierce support keeps the whole roster pepped up.

Robin Lopez is back after all that time on the pine

And Channing expanded his game beyond the 3-point line.

A tip of the hat to that most versatile Mr. Frye

Who went from bomber to banger without batting an eye.

His tall slender frame was not made for the paint

But he tries and he tries, a quitter he ain't.

Goran Dragic keeps threatening to come in to his own

Though as heir apparent, he isn't quite full grown.

The new guys are blending, like high-flying Hak

Who can pull down a lob and rattle the rack.

Chilly's been hampered by a slightly broken finger

Big Garret Siler seems to have laid off the Zingers.

The blue collared Polish Hammer seems ready to work

Who knows? Maybe Steve and Grant can make Vince less of a jerk.

Rather than point a finger at Bob, Lon and Blanks

Instead this Christmas Eve, I choose to give thanks.

For six years of clutch shots and ridiculous passes

Here's to Steve Nash: the classiest of classes!

Despite all the turmoil, I hope you find the Bright Side of this, too

Happy Christmas to all! (Yes, I know, I forgot about Lou.)


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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....

Jared Dudley = Euty-MVP

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.

2nd Unit = Euty-FUGLY AWARD

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,

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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 -

Hakim Warrick = Euty-Defensive-Liability Award

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)

Steve Nash = Euty-Assist Award

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!?

Carlos Arroyo & Mario Chalmers = Euty- Random Obscure Players who Light Up the Suns.  EVERYTIME Award

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.

LeBron James = Euty-Dunks Award

Nice dunks man.  Business as usual?  I thought so.

Referees = Euty-You Are the Best Award

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.

Peninsula is Mightier

 


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Oh yeah again - just for fun I'm going to give out another Euty-Award -

Omaha Sun = Euty-Comment-Whore of the Game Thread 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

Name# of Posts
Omaha Sun 143
NashMV3 137
Bkj 120
Dragic_is_Magic 99
waxmonkey 76
Beavis 25 67
Aztiramtempe 59
Smoooth Criminal 53
haremoor 52
jc79 51
Eutychus 50
Alex Laugan 49
WaveOcean 47
BringBackBarkley17 46
hcblankscreen 40
Stanley B 36
ArizonaCactus 35
Joe Kleine 33
sonicking 30
the new Bradfather 28
Reelsht 27
André Pierrot 26
Jaxis 25
blank_38 25
iceythril 23
Dantre 23
ryansunsfan 21
suns68 18
Spit_Fire 17
sqloudane 17
8472species 14
Michael A. Xidis 12
SUNS PORTUGAL 12
N8lol 11
quixilver 11
shawndy 10
perep 10
u_must_chill 10
the_real_MikeT 9
MMotherwell 7
lux200 7
The Solution 7
Guitarzan 7
Migonads 6
Suns13fan 5
Will Slaven 4
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 4
7footer 4
cryogenic_tone 4
NashtySUNS 4
tuck321 4
BattleMoses 3
blanke 3
The Suns 2
troglodytes 2
sunsfanfromchicago 2
East Bay Ray 1
KnowGood 1
SunKing 1
Seth Pollack 1
abohmer11 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.

Game Notes

1st Qtr

  • Big crowd, very pumped.
  • Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem. Killed it. I went to high school w/ her dad. Panther Pride! Westside homie
  • Mohamed Ali in the house along w/ Darnell Docket and Larry Fitzgerald. I guess Gortat brings ‘em in
  • Well, Bosh just went right around Frye and drew the foul. Defense!???
  • Dudley w/ the rebound, hands it off to Robin who gets stripped trying to go up. He gets stripped more than a stripper at a strip club
  • Steve Nash gets to guard Carlos Arroyo. That must make him happy
  • Suns have to take advantage of Big Z...he can't defend anyone
  • Grant Hill does a lot of work on D before LeBron even catches the ball
  • Gortat draws a foul on Bosh on his first touch
  • Nice start for Suns. 21-10, 4:01
  • Channing is a pretty good passer from the perimeter
  • Pietrus in for Hill. Hello MP
  • You have to laugh at some of Nash's reactions to calls that don't go his way
  • Gortat boxing out Joel Anthony and drawing the foul....hmmmm nice
  • No way was LeBron giving up that ball to Miller on the fast break...nor should he
  • Channing telling Gortat and Pietrus where there should be on the floor...lol
  • Gortat setting man screens
  • Not surprisingly, the second unit w/ Gorat and Pietrus looks like a mess on offense
  • LeBron with the up and step through in the paint. 22-19
  • Frye played the entire quarter. Wonder if Warrick is gonna play at all?

2nd Qtr

  • Garret Siler can sing...which is good b/c he's not all that good at basketball
  • Warrick in the game to start the quarter
  • Pietrus feeds Gortat for a nice little jumper in the lane
  • And Bosh rebounds over Hakim...
  • Suns need to do some work here w/ LeBron on the bench but can't stop Mario Chalmers
  • If you want to know why I bad on Hakim's defense, watch that play. He didn't show on the screen and he didn't stay with Bosh. He basically guarded no one and so Chris shot a wide open shot. 9:20, 24-27. 17-3 run for Heat
  • Suns have all this depth but the bench continues to struggle...hopefully will find itself
  • Wow, Suns not getting much hometown love from the refs
  • Pietrus with nice move to drive and finish on Bosh
  • Josh Childress drive and finish on Mike Miller
  • Suns basically given up running plays and just playing iso ball...it's working for now
  • Horrible, lazy closeout by Bosh on that Dudley three
  • Nash back in, 28-32 Heat
  • Warrick missing those mid-range shots. He can't stay on the floor w/ Robin if he can't make that shot
  • LeBron steal and wide open dunk...that's what the people pay to see
  • Heat moving the ball and hitting their open shots...that's not good
  • Good defensive team (Heat) plus out of whack Suns offense = 40-34 Heat lead
  • Dudley hitting his shots and playing within himself
  • Nash can get anywhere he wants on the floor
  • Robin beats Dampier for a 50/50 rebound
  • That was SICK, LeBron
  • 45-39 at the half

3rd Qtr

  • Fairly good defensive numbers in the 1st half but 39 points ain't enough
  • Some shots going in and out for Phx
  • Oh fun, the LeBron stand and hold the ball and jack up a fade away approach
  • Gortat in a little sooner. Gentry probably wants Robin in with Dragic
  • Shit, well if Bosh is going to hit those shots
  • 4th foul on Frye...ugh. Warrick in...double ugh
  • Nice high-low from Warrick to Gortat but James Jones came over for the block
  • 4th foul on LeBron...that sort of negates Frye's foul trouble. 65-53, Heat. 5:32
  • Grant Hill can't find his shot tonight (3-10) and Nash only has one FGA. ONE
  • First Gortat pick and roll with Nash. Suns play MC Hammer "Stop, Hammer time". I would have hoped for something more original like a polka
  • Warrick does a little bit of nothing on defense but at least he does it poorly
  • Dragic in, 59-69 Heat. 2:45
  • Gortat only has one foul...he needs to start hammering people
  • Pietrus plays with an edge to his game...too bad he can't hit any open threes
  • 72-59 Heat. Heat 7-6 since LeBron went out

4th Qtr

  • Jared is the Suns offense tonight. 23 points
  • Suns in the zone
  • Well, the Suns have now made LeBron mad w/ Gentry chirping at him from the side line
  • Dudley 9 rebounds, 26 points. Vince who?
  • Nash back in at 7:00 mark. 81-72, Heat.
  • Dragic with just 1 point and 1 assist in 16 minutes. That won't do.
  • Chalmers and Arroyo with 20 so far
  • 74-85, 77-89, Heat
  • JChill in for Marcin to go small and fast and hope for some steals or something
  • Gortat, 4 pts and 4 reb in 17 min
  • Nash's 2nd FGA is the hook shot in the lane...
  • Saw a dude with a Stoudemire #1 jersey with duck tape over the "Stoudemire" and "Childress" written on the tape


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