The ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ topic has been a hot-button issue this past week.
Count the Phoenix Suns as being in favor of the notion, at least in regards to their play in Miami and Orlando on the first two stops of the road trip.
The Suns were outscored by a total of 43 points, during back-to-back losses against the Heat and Magic.
Coach Gentry wrapped it up best, “I wouldn’t exactly call [the trip] a vacation.”
On Wednesday, Miami’s Key Three turned up the heat on the Suns in a 123-96 mauling. Downy-soft Chris Bosh more closely resembled late-90s Shaq as he poured in 35 points and led the rebounding attack that produced a 42-32 advantage.
LBJ and D-Wade merely had to serve as afterthoughts, due to the fact that the barrage of 46 points in the paint took the drama out of this one quickly.
The Suns offense was held stagnant, especially in the half-court set as Nash would manage just two assists. That was the bad news for Nash; the terrible news manifested through an injured groin causing him to miss Thursday’s game against Orlando.
With not very much good news to report upon, it should be noted that Channing Frye orchestrated another good shooting night (6-for-9) after being plugged into the starting lineup.
“They just outplayed us the entire game,” Nash said. “We only have ourselves to blame. We didn’t play with enough aggressiveness or urgency and I think it showed.”
This quote, from the post-game Wednesday, still rang true a day later.
Despite the closer numbers in the Orlando loss, 105-89, the team astoundingly played worse. Phoenix (6-6) started off hot with a 2-0 lead and never looked ahead.
Goran Dragic replaced Nash at point for the night, participating in the minus-125 combined mark by the starters.
Woeful long-range shooting, turnovers, and too much one-on-one play plagued the Suns. Grant Hill looked very comfortable against his old team while the rest of Planet Orange did not share those thoughts. Hill went 8-for-9 from the field and routinely cut through the Magic defense.
Former Louisville star Earl Clark received quality minutes (albeit in garbage time) for the first time this season, tallying 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Magic men entertained the sparesly-filled Amway Center. Dwight Howard lived up to his Superman billing with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Jameer Nelson set up a teammate 12 times and Vin-sanity added to his highlight reel archives with a few slams.
The Suns get a day off prior to facing Charlotte (4-7) on the road this Saturday, whom will be coming off of a Friday night tilt against the Miami Superfriends.
Team officials project that Robin Lopez will miss over a month of action due to his sprained knee . . . Steve Nash should be back for Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats . . . The Clippers (1-12) improved upon the worst record in the Association after a 107-80 thumping in Indianapolis.