Only three letters and one punctuation mark to describe Coach Alvin’s debut: W-O-W! Okay, given that it was the Clippers, make that w-o-w.
One day of practice under a new coach couldn’t make that much of a technical difference, but apparently a day away from the old coach like a month in the country for the Suns, and seemed to make an enormous difference in the team’s attitude.
They haven’t looked this relaxed and full of fire all year. They not only ran but they positively soared and swaggered, and the fans clearly ate it up. The numbers alone were mind numbing — 33 fast break points, 90 points in the paint (WAY in the paint, with 34 of the team’s 56 hoops coming on lay-ups), and a whopping 58-21 edge on the boards.
And if Coach Alvin hadn’t rested his regulars in the final 15 minutes or so the Suns would have made a strong run at the franchise record 173 points set in Denver in 1990. [Read more...]