Is this fun, or what? The Suns’ habit of coming from way ahead to win at the buzzer, that is.
No, I’m serious!
I REALLY want to know if this is fun, or what?
Frankly, after watching them build a 24-point lead in the first half and then have to come from behind in the fourth period to beat a Milwaukee team that has won only four games on the road all year (and no games in Phoenix in the last 21 years), and was playing the second half of a dreaded back-to-backer I’m torn between undecided and “or what”?
In the interest of full disclosure, Suns didn’t actually win at the buzzer. It was 9.2 seconds before the buzzer when Steve Nash made a pair of free throws to seal the deal. And to be even more exact the Suns didn’t have to come from very far behind. Just one point, actually.
But I’m just sayin’…
The only positive thing (other than the W of course) about nights like this is that they boost Nash’s MVP stock. Not to get overly technical, but the main reason didn’t lose this one is that Nash wouldn’t them.
He hit all four of his shots from the field and scored 10 of his 30 points in the last seven minutes of the fourth period, and as he so often does when the game hangs in the balance, he either made the shots that had to be made or created wide open looks for teammates.
Shifting back into full disclosure mode, it must be duly noted that while Nash was all of the solution at the end he was also part of the problem with seven of the team’s 17 turnovers. And it must be further noted that if Andrew Bogut doesn’t miss a couple of point blank shots in the last minute even Nash might not have been able to save this night.
On a more serious note, not even being 10 games over .500 can gloss over the inconsistency that has seem them blow double-digit leads in the last four games, and an obvious upset Coach Alvin didn’t use a bit of gloss in his post-game press conference (which by the way was his shortest since he took over for Terry Porter last year.
“We got a win out of it,” he said bluntly, “but we have some issues to resolve if we’re going to be a good team. We can’t come out every night and play like world champs the first 15 minutes and give it all up. We have to find a way to do a better job.”
The only thing I can add top that is Amen!!!
The bottom line: The question back at the top of this blog wasn’t just rhetorical. Fun is very important to this team’s success, and right now they aren’t having very much of it.