Suns Lose on Granger's Last Second 3-Pointer

Indiana Pacers

The Phoenix Suns started sluggish against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, but put together a late run in the 4th quarter to push a 110-110 tie w/ 0.9 seconds left.  Unfortunately, the defensive scheme didn't take into consideration that Danny Granger was lights out on the night, and they allowed him to get open at the top of the key and drain a 3-pointer.  The Pacers defeated the Suns 113-110 in Phoenix... stunning the home crowd, who like me, saw this game going to OT.

Shaquille O'Neal sat out the game w/ back spasms - it was a gametime decision to keep him out.  Despite this, the Suns still outrebounded the Pacers, who rank 2nd in the league currently.

The loss can be pegged on several key factors IMHO:

  • Indiana was physical and the refs weren't calling sh**.  The Suns were routinely gouged, slapped, etc. but most went uncalled.  I'm not going to say the Pacers got more breaks, because I think the game was called pretty evenly, but it was more physical than the Suns could handle.
  • The Suns, once again, committed a slew of turnovers.  The turnovers occurred as a result of many unforced errors, but also due partially the physicality (Bill Walton's favorite phrase). 
  • Steve Nash was late to the party.  Yes, I'm calling out Nash in this one, even though he picked it up in the 2nd half and hit a couple clutch 3's for Phoenix.  He started poorly and I believe it affected the rest of the team.

Positive signs from the game include the rebounding and play of Louis Amundson, who pulled down 14 rbs in the loss (subbing for Shaq).

We haven't seen much of the bench recently - not sure why Terry Porter is getting D'Antoni's same habits, but it isn't a good sign at this point of the season.  I watched the last 3 quarters and don't recall seeing Brown, Dudley or Lopez in the game at anytime.  Certainly Dudley and Lopez could've thrown a few elbows and forced the Pacers' forwards to back off a bit.  Earlier this week, Jeff Foster broke Carmelo Anthony's hand - that should tell you all you need to know about how physical this team is.

Bad loss for the Suns. Poor effort to start the game. Poor defense to close out. Record is currently 19-13, which is respectable, but not good enough in the Western Conference.

Published Thursday, January 08, 2009 12:10 AM by chowell

Comments

Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:36 AM by Jay C.

# re: Suns Lose on Granger's Last Second 3-Pointer

I thought the refs did a great job officiating. It was a well deserved win for the Pacers. Danny Granger was a steal for them. Amare S. is waaaay overrated. Seriously. He has no skill, he just likes to bump and push his way in. Then he gets fouled coz he's an all star. He can jump high. That's it, any fool can do that.
Thursday, January 08, 2009 10:43 AM by chowell

# re: Suns Lose on Granger's Last Second 3-Pointer

Jay - Definitely agree w/ you on the refs.  I suggested that the play was physical, but evenly called.

As far as Amare goes, I think your comments are great, but I don't agree w/ them entirely. He can shoot from outside, drive to the hole and finish plays.  He often gets stuck in bad situations and turns the ball over and/or commits a charge, but otherwise is a solid offensive player. (let's not get started on the defense)

What has impressed me lately about Stoudemire is his ability to pass the ball. Even earlier this year, he would hardly ever pass, even if he was double or triple teamed.  The past few weeks have seen a big turnaround in my opinion.  STAT is passing for winning shots, passing out of bad situations and apparently trusting his teammates more.

Thanks for commenting.

Friday, January 09, 2009 3:24 PM by BetAgainstMe

# re: Suns Lose on Granger's Last Second 3-Pointer

Very poor game of both teams