Things are going so badly for the Suns these days they can’t even beat the Lakers. Just kidding. The Lakers may have been mere shadows of their defending champion selves lately, but it’s not like their ship has been downgraded to Clipper class or anything.
And the Suns actually put forth one of their grittier efforts, hanging in there until Kobe set Ron Artest up for a wide open three with 1:04 to play. Not only did the points prove fatal, but the five or six seconds he had to line up the shot (well, that’s what it seemed like) certainly didn’t help either.
The bottom line is that in the process of greatly improving their defense the perennial NBA scoring leaders have somehow misplaced the keys to their offense. You could, as they say, look it up. In their last ten losses the Suns have broken 100 only three times. In fact, they barely broke 90 in four of those losses.
The thing is that grit, while an admirable quality, is not really this roster’s strongest suit. Ever since Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash opened for business scoring has been the name of their game. And no matter how much they improve defensively the Suns are going to continue to struggle until the points start flowing freely again.
The problem is not particularly anybody’s fault. It’s simply the inevitable result of constant roster changing that has turned the team hesitant and even confused at times offensively The good news is there is plenty of time to fix THAT problem, the bad news is that in repairing their offense they may revert to their poor (prone actually) defensive posture.
But frankly I can live with that. When they crank it back up to 110 the Suns are good enough to win more than they lose. And they are a lot more fun to watch. I k now that championships are won with defense, but no matter how hard they work these Suns are never going to get an “A” in “D”.
I guess what I’m saying is that to squeeze the maximum amount of wins for this roster they’ve got to be them. And, those who’ve been clamoring for defense should remember Aristotle’s (or was it Casey Stengel’s) sage advice that you should be careful what you wish for.