Suns @ Kings game thread 12-29-17

Discussion in 'Phoenix Suns' started by Mainstreet, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Poop Head

    Poop Head Poster formerly known as kingdad

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    I didn't see tonight's game but have noticed that over the last few games. I think that is because they're so young and their players don't just accept the calls and move on, they argue them. They don't just argue bad calls but the majority of the calls against them, right or wrong. They need to learn to pick their battles because the refs seem to ignore them completely when they're complaining so much. I don't blame guys like Jackson and Chriss for being upset at some calls but they need to stay composed. I'd throw Ulis in there also. I've seen Chandler trying to mediate and talking to the refs when those guys get upset and that's not a bad way to handle it. They're not getting T'd up like Markieff though so it could be worse. If Watson were the coach I think they'd have even more technicals, Triano seems to be well respected though and when I've seen him talk to officials it's usually cordial, then the game will be called well for the next few minutes, typically until one of our youngsters gets going again.

    Booker seems to have learned pretty early when to pick his battles with the refs. He doesn't get superstar calls but he gets more favorable calls than any other 21 year old in the league right now in addition to being able to talk back a bit more also.
     
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    I've been critical of Marquese Chriss's feel before (as have lots of others, including coaches). Last night was maybe the best all-around game I've seen him play. Positive signs across the board.
     
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    Looks like he has turned the corner. Still hoping for some break out games from our young bucks (all of Chriss, Bender, Ulis, Jackson) while teams are still competing mid season.
     
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    I was just going to post about Chriss. I have been quite critical of him, but last night was a very good game from him, especially his D on Randolph.

    The thing is that Bender looked good too. Not as good as Chriss.

    TJ just gets better and better. I am really wondering if JJ could ever supplant him as the starting sf.

    If these players develop, our options are endless.
     
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  5. SirStefan32

    SirStefan32 Krycek, Alex Krycek

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    I'll second that. Last two games, Chriss has played much better, and complained much less. I like it!
     
  6. Mainstreet

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    I'm not sure how the Suns would play him but I'd like to get Skal Labissiere from the Kings. He is going to be a very good player. I'm not sure the Kings use him to their full advantage. He is a Suns slayer.
     
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    Team defense looked pretty good last night when I paid attention. Lots of communication, good rotations, everybody helped everyone. There were still lapses of course but I was very encouraged.

    Also, having Booker close the game was just a treat. That left handed layup over Willie Cauley-Stein was just a thing of beauty. That nice F you 3 was just icing on the cake. Having been on the ass end of that kind of performance from Kobe for years (where you think he's having an off night then pours in 10 points to seal a win) it's been nice being on the other side.
     
  8. SirStefan32

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    Kings' announcers were saying "It doesn't matter home many he misses. He'll keep shooting, and watch out on the fourth" the whole game.
     
  9. JS22

    JS22 Say Vandelay!

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    Be careful mentioning Booker and Kobe in the same breath around here. ;)
     
  10. SirStefan32

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    Yeah, better put a disclaimer on that post before everyone jumps on you for comparing the two. Or maybe that only applies to Bender. I am not sure.
     
  11. Mainstreet

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    It was interesting last night the Suns were playing Booker at PG with over 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter. He was running the team with no other PG on the court when he took over the game.

    Perhaps a glimpse into the future.
     
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    BC867 Long time Phoenician! Contributor

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    I would be surprised if it is anything more than us not having a 'finishing' quality Point Guard. Canaan (as much as we like what we see) hasn't been here long enough to jump to any conclusions.

    They were pushing DBook hard enough all season, which might have been part of the cause of his injury. I hope we don't push him to the limit in the future.
     
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    Devin Booker is going to play at closing time so putting him at PG was a smart move IMO to put more scorers around him. Actually this should take some pressure off him with more options.
     

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