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Despite Bridges not being on his A game defensively, still kept Lillard from going off and kept him somewhat under control. 31 points on 31 shots is about as much as you can ask for.
I thought CP3 and Crowder did a good job on Dame as well. They made him take tough ones. I’ll live with the contested looks
 
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Monty wants Cam Johnson taking shots.

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Ayton played BIG tonight. He’s definitely taken a step forward this year. Is it gargantuan? No. But it’s a solid step forward.

If Bridges had done the same, we’d be unstoppable right now. And pretty damn good as is.

Still think we’re one piece away from really nailing this season down.

But hell of a damn win.

I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do something. We need to push our chips to the middle of the table. If not this year then when? Now or never

Thad Young isn’t the answer in my opinion
 
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I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do something. We need to push our chips to the middle of the table. If not this year then when? Now or never

Thad Young isn’t the answer in my opinion

I'm with you.

I do expect the Suns to make at least one move with an open roster spot but I'm not sure Thad Young is the type player the Suns need.
 

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I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do something. We need to push our chips to the middle of the table. If not this year then when? Now or never

Thad Young isn’t the answer in my opinion
We're short stacked, I'm not sure we have enough chips to do much more than buy one of the midseason castoffs. We got awfully lucky last year with Torrey Craig being available, maybe we'll find another plug and play guy like him.

And if the Thad Young we saw a couple weeks ago is the real Thad Young, you're right, he is not our answer.
 
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Chris Paul says Deandre Ayton can dominate every night on any night.

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I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do something. We need to push our chips to the middle of the table. If not this year then when? Now or never

Thad Young isn’t the answer in my opinion

He’d be a solid pickup, but they need to do what the Pistons did in 2004 and go get their Rasheed to put this team over the top.
 
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We're short stacked, I'm not sure we have enough chips to do much more than buy one of the midseason castoffs. We got awfully lucky last year with Torrey Craig being available, maybe we'll find another plug and play guy like him.

And if the Thad Young we saw a couple weeks ago is the real Thad Young, you're right, he is not our answer.

I'm not sure Jalen Smith couldn't help the Suns if he were more selective shooting 3-point shots. They would still have an open roster spot if they kept him. I'm expecting him to be traded though.
 

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Monty wants Cam Johnson taking shots.

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Cam made some big ones for sure. I still don’t understand Bridges…he’s sooo inconsistent offensively. He’s got a workable midrange game. But his dribble drive is for the most part nonexistent. And he’s not shooting the 3 ball with confidence.
 
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Cam made some big ones for sure. I still don’t understand Bridges…he’s sooo inconsistent offensively. He’s got a workable midrange game. But his dribble drive is for the most part nonexistent. And he’s not shooting the 3 ball with confidence.

It's perplexing. Some nights Bridges loses confidence in his outside shot.

It was noticeable he was not on the court near the end of regulation and overtime.

Monty chose to go with two shot creators in Cam Payne and Chris Paul who have a short memory if they miss shots. I liked this move a lot. Monty might want to use it again.
 

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He’d be a solid pickup, but they need to do what the Pistons did in 2004 and go get their Rasheed to put this team over the top.
I don’t disagree, but who is that guy? Didn’t we come up with someone a week ago? Wasn’t the two way player that sheed was but we thought he would make our offense unstoppable. And we thought he was a reasonable get with the assets we have.
 
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Monty in the video about Cam Payne having a short memory.

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Chris Paul on game-tying shot to force overtime, "better make it."

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I don’t disagree, but who is that guy? Didn’t we come up with someone a week ago? Wasn’t the two way player that sheed was but we thought he would make our offense unstoppable. And we thought he was a reasonable get with the assets we have.
Was it Turner? I think it was someone more gettable.

Oh... we talked about taking a flyer on Bagley, who’s flashed now that he’s finally been on the court, rebounding and showing some range. Definitely not a Sheed-esque move but one with possible high upside.

The super frustrating thing is there are two positions that would put us totally over the top, if even just one of them came to fruition... another wing scorer and a big man with range. And there are two lottery picks on the team RIGHT NOW, one of which who just signed a HUGE deal in the off-season who fit those bills. Bridges and Brix. Both were touted to have those skills at those positions but NEITHER of them took the step forward offensively that this team could have really benefitted from. At least Bridges is great defensively but his offensive game stuck in concrete bogs the O down as teams have started taking his corner threes pit making him really indecisive with the ball. And Brix can’t hit the broadside of a barn.
 
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If Cam Johnson has to go I’ve come to terms with that.

Say the Sabonis talk is real. Cam is up for his extension next year and is going to want 15-20 a year and I think that’s perfect reasonable

Sabonis only makes 19 a year and is under contract for 3 years.

Who would you rather give that money to?

We have a legit rebounding problem. Ayton and McGee rebound but nobody else on the team does. I think we’re bottom 5 in the NBA in rebounding. That’s never been a recipe for success in the playoffs.

And we really need a third guy that can get his own shot. Bridges and Ayton can’t.

I think he fixes all our problems
 
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