Has winning camouflaged the Suns weaknesses?

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  1. Proximo

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    I've never really doubted Ayton's ability to play defense in big games, it's his offense that worries me - specifically his bad shot selection and tendancy to not catch passes, and lose the ball down low.

    But overall I am not worried that much about Ayton in the playoffs, however I am very worried about our lack of a suitable backup for him. We got worked in this game when Saric was in taking his place.

    I think it is utterly ridiculous Jones has not attempted any kind of move to plug this huge hole in the roster.
     
  2. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    I believe Ayton gets fouled a lot, but they’re smaller, softer type fouls bc he fades away and doesn’t create big contact. That’s why he doesn’t the calls. And I disagree that Ayton doesn’t complain a lot (I believe you said that in another post, if not, apologies). I don’t think he’s overly demonstrative like book can be, but if you watch him intently he’s constantly shrugging his shoulders like “no call?”
     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    I think it’s time we move beyond this. It’s tough to do with the past decade in tow, but we are a legimately good team. We should have higher expectations now. This isn’t an early season run. This has been consistent winning. At the second highest level in the league two-thirds of the way through the season.
     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    Lol. Borg
     
  5. Ouchie-Z-Clown

    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    Our defensive efficiency is so good they rank us TWICE!
     
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    I agree. Particularly when there backup bigs to be had.
     
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    definitely noticed him arms half raised shoulders up asking for calls the second half of the season.
     
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    Hah sorry was typing that during a LONG zoom call. Meant Offensive is #5
     
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    Btw, we haven't ranked top 10 in defense since 2001. So 20 years
     
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    The biggest weakness hasnt been camouflaged. This team stinks in the 4th quarter. Too much chucking from outside guys, and Booker needs to either be more consistent or defer to CP3 or Ayton
     
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    No he doesn't. The team just needs to work hard for good shots regardless of who is taking it.
     
  12. Suns_fan69

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    Not sure where else to stuff this so putting it in this thread. Good post and some deeper dives on the overall effort last night.

    https://www.nba.com/news/power-rankings-notebook-defense-film-study

    Of note: overall team defense and rotations, interesting stats when Ayton is iso'd out on the wing, other positive notes on his defense and crunch time minutes.

    Still love the increase in attention winning brings. Helps remove the bitter taste of the last 10 years.
     
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    Covert Rain Father smelt of elderberries!

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    Some food for thought.

    Suns Record against teams at or above .500 - 18-6. That's #1 in the NBA.

    Suns Record on the road - 17-6. That's #1 in the NBA.

    :jawdrop:
     
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    That first stat is flat shocking in a year of many pleasant surprises.
     
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    I'm perplexed as well about the Suns not adding more depth at the 4/5. I'm hoping they know this team a lot better than us.

    Maybe the Suns are waiting to see if Nader can return.

    Right now, I've never been more optimistic about Ayton.
     

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