The Suns needed this. I know it was against the Kings, but even if it had been Red Klotz’s Washington Generals it still has to be a confidence builder. Doesn’t it?
And with the even more defensively challenged Warriors on tap for the next two games, this could well turn out to be the highest scoring week in the history of the franchise. And this providential piñata portion of schedule could hardly come at a better time for a team that was getting uncomfortably close to unraveling mode.
Rolling up a 50-point lead against a very bad team that was having an off night may not have cured all of the under-achieving team’s ills, but at the very least it had to make the “patient” temporarily feel better. And it didn’t hurt the unity issue that all 12 Suns took part in the fun.
Maybe all the soul searching and meeting the team did over the weekend helped, although the conventional wisdom in all sports is that if you are going to have a team meeting it is best for maximum immediate benefit to schedule it before a game against a registered stiff.
Whatever the long term benefits, the numbers were certainly awesome, and could have been exponentially awesome had Coach Terry been so inclined. As it was, in addition to rolling up 129 points the Suns had a 59-35 edge on the boards, and only one fewer steal (l6) than turnovers (17).
The bottom line: Regardless of the opposition, it was nice to see a little bit of the old time swagger and even a touch of panache in the Suns.