Suns at Nuggets, Tuesday 3-5-24

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If the Nuggets don't win the west, it'll be because of their bench. It's really bad.
It's true, I'd argue that Phoenix actually has a better bench but Jokic is so good it kind of masks it a bit. Braun seems to have taken a step back from last year, and they lost Bruce Brown and Jeff Green who were major pieces for them. Reggie can be a flamethrower, but the rest of the pieces skew defensively.
 

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This seems familiar. Have they turned a corner? I guess, but they will soon turn one more and be back to where they started, playing sloppy and losing to bad teams. I have zero expectations for the rest of the season.

We have turned the corner. We’ve turned the corner quite a few times this season that we’ve gone in circles.
 
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Yup, we all thought that Kings game where they came down from big in the 4th quarter was them turning the corner but that clearly wasn't the case.
The big 3 need to play a bigger chuck of games together and the 4th quarter woes resolved before I would say they turned the corner. Great win but I still have the same concerns.
 

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Indeed. I hate to say it, but I wouldn't be at all shocked if they laid an egg vs. Toronto. It's impossible to predict with this team.
 
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This is not only one of the most under-performing, underwhelming teams in Suns history, but even a historic cautionary tale against this sort of team-building. Dumping random stars (Booker and Beal) together with a random superstar (Durant) could work; but it is a weaker or riskier model of contender-building than what the Golden State Pacifists did (building through the draft).
 

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This is not only one of the most under-performing, underwhelming teams in Suns history, but even a historic cautionary tale against this sort of team-building. Dumping random stars (Booker and Beal) together with a random superstar (Durant) could work; but it is a weaker or riskier model of contender-building than what the Golden State Pacifists did (building through the draft).
I mean the main issue has been health. Had they thrown three similar players together who all stay healthy than who is to say it would be underperforming?
 

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Not great defense. They built a sizeable enough lead that their collapse didn't kill them. They also woke up in overtime. If the Nuggets played harder in the 4th then they would have walked away with it. They didn't really play at all that great either. Rather than play like a team hungry to fight it's way back into the game they just went through the motions and the Suns ineptitude let them back in.
Comparatively, we did great defense throughout the game. In the 4th, we also held them to 20ish points. It's our own offensive inaptitude, not able to score more than 12 pts there. In OT, we held them to merely 5 pts, about the equivalent of 12pt in a qrt.
 

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I mean the main issue has been health. Had they thrown three similar players together who all stay healthy than who is to say it would be underperforming?
Not so sure. I know our big 3 haven't played that often together, but I don't at all feel so far as if they form any kind of unstoppable force. Beal, in particular seems like he's barely starting 5 caliber to me. His defense is not great, his drives to the hoop often don't result in anything special, his passing is just okay and his 3s and mid-range shots are not that reliable. He's nice to have while Booker is out. That, I am not denying. Shame he's untradeable due to his having to approve any trade.
 

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I think it’s a fatigue issue with Durant. He was unguardable 2nd and start of 3rd. When he is gassed he just isn’t the same player.
This is especially in games where the referees are allowing guys like Gordon to body him up. You can see it wear on him and annoy him as the game progresses.
 

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Not so sure. I know our big 3 haven't played that often together, but I don't at all feel so far as if they form any kind of unstoppable force. Beal, in particular seems like he's barely starting 5 caliber to me. His defense is not great, his drives to the hoop often don't result in anything special, his passing is just okay and his 3s and mid-range shots are not that reliable. He's nice to have while Booker is out. That, I am not denying. Shame he's untradeable due to his having to approve any trade.
No offense but “barely starting 5 caliber” is an absurd statement. I get being disappointed, but cmon.
 

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No offense but “barely starting 5 caliber” is an absurd statement. I get being disappointed, but cmon.

I agree. Beal seems to still be finding his way. It is always the "third" guy in the "big three" that has the most difficult job, and on top of that, he's been hurt most of the season. That said, he still looks like a very solid player.
 

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I agree. Beal seems to still be finding his way. It is always the "third" guy in the "big three" that has the most difficult job, and on top of that, he's been hurt most of the season. That said, he still looks like a very solid player.
Could be arguable that Grayson Allen is maybe the third guy. I love Beal, but Grayson has been unreal lately.
 

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