Suns at Pacers Game Thread 7:00et MY45HD


ASFN Lifer
Jul 21, 2006
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Nash is crazy. On that last 3 he goes against conventional wisdom that says that you should run some sort of offense and find the best shot. He was probably thinking, hmmm should I run some stupid play so that we can hope to get an open 3? No! I already have an open 3. Boom game over.

He should start doing Cassell's big ballz dance. It would be awesome.


Jul 8, 2007
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Started out as a blowout, turned into a great game at the end. It's frustrating to see a big lead disappear, but I'm not sure I really blame the Suns -- sometimes it just happens. Suns were just 3 of 16 from the 3 -- if a few of those fall, it never gets close. And the defense was actually pretty good -- Pacers shot just 47% with 17 turnovers.

A lot of the lead disappeared in the third when D'Antoni had Nash, Hill and Amare all on the bench at the same time. I don't know what he was thinking, but with Diaw, Skinner and Marion not producing any of their own offense, LB and Bell alone were clearly not enough to carry the load on offense. I thought the whole point of bringing Hill in was so that he could take over for Nash. It's been working great, so why suddenly pull them both together? In the end, D'Antoni had to put Nash back in in the third, meaning that Nash never got his usual 4th quarter lie on his back time, and had to play the entire final quarter. Dumb.

Diaw is really having problems. I've been a big defender of his, but it's hard to see what "little things" he brought to the table tonight: 2 points, 2 asts -- and that's it.

Still, I actually feel pretty positive about the game. One vital ingredient in a championship team is confidence and practice in winning close games in the final possessions. The Suns have had so many blowouts this year, they haven't actually had the chance to build this yet. Winning come from behind victories should help build some team chemistry.

Two amazing stats: (a) Amare, 42 pts; (b) Suns 38 assists on 45 FGs. That's crazy.


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Oct 26, 2002
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Amare's defense sucks when he is not paying attention like during the middle stretch of the game. I thought coach should have sat him sooner in the 3rd since with that defense we couldn't really pull away despite our efficient offense. That's strange indeed why Hill is not always on court when Nash sits, it's at most 10 mins a game anyway.

When the game's on the line, Amare's focus on defense was back despite being tired and he did a marvelous job on that end in the last couple min. while Skinner sat due to inability to defend JO. But you can't expect him to keep the intensity always so high given his fitness conditon! It's a dilemma the coaching stuff gotta solve somehow. Otherwise the fans will always just look down on Amare and bash him for shirking on defense.

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