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7 days ago: Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat, from Poland, (4) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Antawn Jamison (4) and J.J. Hickson (21) in the second quarter in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
This Suns victory was as ugly as J.J. Hicks' yellow shoes. Ugly.
For three plus quarters it looked as though the Suns would gain some permanent separation, thus allowing the starters some rest and a chance to gain a nice momentum building uncontested victory. Yet our boys in ORNG peaked with a 17 point lead with four minutes left in the third before the Cavaliers began pecking away into the 4th quarter.
The Cavaliers went on a 13-3 run while Steve Nash rested and the other Suns missed 8 straight field goals and found themselves within 5 points before Vince Carter hit his first and only field goal of the game, a long 3-pointer to extend the lead to 8. A few ugly possessions later and the clock gave way:
Final: Suns 106 Cavaliers 98.
Said Hakim Warrick via Twitter: We'll take it...
Thoughts From the Bright Side:
Thoughts From the Dark Side:
An uninspiring win, but a win nonetheless. The Wiz up next 1/21/11
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Robin Lopez #15 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball over Wilson Chandler #21 and Amar'e Stoudemire #1
Tonight, the Phoenix Suns play game 2 of a 5 game East Coast road trip against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. And when I say lowly, I mean 8-32 lowly. I mean dead last in the East. I mean 13 game losing streak, lost to the Lakers by 55 and wait...This is the same Cavaliers squad that stretched the Suns for 40+ minutes several days ago. The same Manny Harris who hit for 27, the same J.J. Hickson who dominated the boards for 17 to accompany his 23 points.
See what I've done? I've turned this into a revenge match.
Indeed. The Phoenix Suns have won 3 straight games, have an excellent chance to finish this road trip 5-0 and return to the promised land of over .500 basketball. But as my esteemed colleague Mr. Laugan pointed out, the Suns inconsistency this season has been one of the few things we fans can count on. Much of that can be attributed to the disruption in personnel and injuries, the other piece of that has to do with intensity. So yeah, grudge match tonight. Torture the Cavs, destroy their will and that of the 150 or so fans that will attend this one in the CLE. 48 minutes of Suns basketball.
But what the crap is Suns basketball this season? We and our beloved have all been trying to figure it out. I think we may have discovered what this squad needs to do in order to win:
And then some:
and a little:
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK.
FOR 48 MINUTES
D IT UP
STOMP SOME THROATS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COURT
The Cavaliers are an injury depleted squad. Mo Williams is out. Anthony Parker, Christian Eyenga, Daniel Gibson, Anderson Varejao-all out for this one. Destruction is the only answer. A big win should be expected, is a necessity for the confidence of the squad and more importantly, will assist in sending the Suns up the WC rankings.
Questions to Ponder:
It is no time to rest on our purple laurels. The Knicks win was big, but it ain't the end all be all. There is no more time to wait for answers. It's time to perform. And for us BSOTers...Let's get on the thread tonight and make it a partay, use our keyboards to influence a nice pounding of the Cavs. (And yeah Euts even though I said partay, you can still enjoy the game with a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice).
Game Day Links:
Phoenix Suns guard Vince Carter producing as comfort increases: Paul Coro, AZ Republic