I knew that this was not going to be an easy game; even though the Suns are stronger on their home court and they were coming off of three consecutive losses, they are not an easy team to play, and we are really struggling as of lately. When I saw the result this morning I wasn’t really surprised, but I think that the result doesn’t say all the truth about this game.
What makes me burn about this loss is that with a couple of minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the game was tied, and then the Suns scored the last seven points of the game to secure the win. None of the team shot the ball well, but considering that we’ve been able to keep the game close shooting 31% from the field and 14% from behind the arc, I think we should have taken advantage of the opportunity the Suns gave us.
Looking at the box score, there are just a couple of guys that I would save from last night game.
Hump is certainly one of those guys. He’s been the only one to record a double double, finishing with 11 points on 5 for 8 shooting and 13 rebounds, keeping up his solid play this season. One of the things that I appreciated the most about Kris last night is the way he stormed off the court at the end of the game because, as Stevens said, he was mad for the loss. I always like to see a player that is so upset about the loss and I would love to see the same fire in the other players.
The other guy that I save from last night is Kelly, which is playing the best basketball of his rookie year, and he finished the game with 8 points on 4 for 8 shooting, 10 rebounds with a game high 5 offensive rebounds and a block. Even though our team is struggling Kelly is keeping up his good play, and while certainly don’t know enough about basketball to say he’s going to be great I keep saying guys like Tommy Heinsohn that say wonderful things about this guy.
Other that those guys, there’s not much to say.
Chris Johnson was the only other guy in double figure with 11 points, and considering the way our team is shooting the ball as of lately, his 3 for 7 isn’t that bad, but as of right now, we need much more energy off the bench. A guy that could give us a spark is Avery Bradley, that is once again trying to come back from an injury, finishing with 9 points last night, but it’s sure not fair to put too much on his shoulders right now.
My man with golden hands keeps shooting the ball pretty badly: Sully finished just a point and a rebound shy of a double double, scoring 9 points and grabbing 9 boards coming once again off the bench in a 20 minutes effort. The 2 for 12 is really bad, but at least it looks like he tried to attack the rim gaining some free throws and making them.
I’m really not satisfied about our forwards: Bass and Green combined for 17 points on 6 for 26 shooting and 11 rebounds. Green played 35 minutes, leaving his mark just in the second quarter just to disappear from the court for the rest of the game.
Rondo’s numbers doesn’t look very good, but once again, the way the whole team is playing certainly doesn’t help him: 8 points and 8 rebounds to go with 5 assists. That’s the lowest assist number in a while for him. I hope he’ll be able to bring the team on him shoulder and turn things around, give the guys a wake up of some sort.
And that needs to start from tomorrow night against the Pelicans.