This team has just gotten crushed too many times at this point for me to believe Monty can still get them to play hard night in, night out.
Me thinks with new ownership, a new coach is on his way in the off-season where there could be a ton of changes.
People want to keep bringing up GS had bad stretches last year or Boston, but we do NOT have the talent of that Boston team or the title tested resolve of GS… in fact, this team has shown multiple times in the last two years that when squeezed in ultra pressure do or die moments, they completely collapse, losing 4 straight to the Bucks and 4 of 5 to the Mavericks, in humiliating fashion with Dallas.
I grudgingly agree with this… but I’ll add that another huge factor here is CP3… The Suns are relying on a relic to lead the offense, indeed the team.
He can’t. It’s obvious, painfully so.
The rest of the team is off and have lost their rhythm on both ends of the court. The team doesn’t have a single player who can step into the leadership vacuum created by CP3. Guys like Ayton, Bridges, Payne, Craig are way too inconsistent and possess nothing in the way of leadership.
And I love Book… but I don’t think he alone can fix all that is broken with this team.
Jones is gonna have to make some fairly dramatic moves. I expect Ayton will be gone come mid/late January.
And hopefully the Crowder situation will be resolved in some productive fashion.
We’ll see… but if these changes don’t happen, I think it’s safe to suggest this team won’t be a playoff team this year…