(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

This is the kind of game that needs no explanation, which is a good thing because there really isn’t one.

Suffice it to say that in football parlance Memphis won the toss and elected to receive and the Suns chose to defend neither goal. Or, if you insist on hoop speak, the Suns played All-Star defense, and if you’ve ever seen an NBA All-Star Game you know this is not a compliment.

And don’t let that 128-103 final score fool you. The game wasn’t nearly that competitive. The Grizzlies basically did whatever they wanted to do whenever they wanted to do it pretty much from the opening tip all the way to garbage time (which was roughly the last 25 minutes).

The only comforting thought is that this had to be an aberration, so let’s say that’s what it was — strictly a case of a much-better-than-people-realize Memphis team catching the Suns without their A game, or even their B game. (In fact, you’d have to go quite a bit deeper into the alphabet to find the proper letter for the game they did bring.

There.  Now don’t you feel better?

Segueing smoothly from the ridiculous to the sublime, the Grizzlies have gone 14-8 since jettisoning Allan Iverson, reached the .500 mark last night, and are strong, athletic, and talented enough to make some serious noise in the East. And kudos to former Arizona State star and Suns’ assistant Lionel Hollins for selling his players on the benefits of sharing the ball, a concept with which they were not hitherto familiar with.

The bottom line: Can’t think of one (Hey, I didn’t bring my A game either).


    Please, tell me I didn’t watch our Suns take another humilating pounding from (yuk) Memphis? This non effort just about squeezed the remainder of my hope dry. Unless you come into this one totally blitzed from New Year, no way the Grizzlies score 128 points on our home floor. Totally unacceptable on every level. As mentioned numerous times in the blogs, time to get rid of some players and start rebuilding. Why wait any longer, our window is closed and nailed tight. Really, if this is the way were going to finish the second half, trade Amare for some younger talent and let Clark play. Were not going to win a title with Amare, Nash and Grant Hill as our big three. This franchise is way over due for an over haul. It’s been fun, and we almost got there but it’s over.

  • http://none Keith

    I don’t know if it was supposed to be sarcasm or what, but Memphis is in the Western Conference.


    Suns stop the Kings, or should I phrase that as Suns show some life, stumble, fall down, and gasp to a finish. For awhile there I was wondering if Nash was a double agent working for the Kings? When he starts the one man dribbling display I wince. We look like an anemic kid who runs out of energy as soon the playground activities start heating up. Amare should just start the game with 5 fouls, that way he has an excuse not to play defense. If the playoffs were best of two games and they were spread two weeks apart Suns might be a contender. Under the present conditions, were on life support.