Ok so obviously these losses have been pretty annoying, considering we were up by double digits at several points in both games. Enough with the
It's time to look ahead.
I think one change D'Antoni could try is to put DJ Strawberry on Tony Parker. That's right, the rookie, DJ Strawberry. Now he's going to be ****e on offense, and it might end up being more like 4 on 5 at times. But the guy can flat out defend. I'm sure there are several lineup combinations we could use to incorporate DJ in without crippling the offense. Maybe even soemthing like Shaq, Amare, Bell, DJ and Nash. Nash can take Finley or Bowen on D.
We've seen stretches this season where he's done well against many players including Kobe Bryant. The guy came number 1 in the draft athleticism tests - he has some good lateral movement speed and agility, and a decent vert. He's 6'4, stronger than Parker and has long arms. Most importantly, he has a defensive mindset. Defense is his focus. He's mentioned numerous times that he aims to use defense as his strength, his reason for continuing to be in the league. The guy is definitely going to be motivated, he's playing for security beyond his little rookie contract.
So I think it wouldn't hurt to try him on TP early on in the game for a few minutes. See how he goes. If his inexperience proves to be his downfall against a player like Parker, then take him out quickly. No harm done. If he turns out to be Parker's kryptonite - then it might turn out like last year's playoffs when everyone suddenly realised we should stick Kurt Thomas on Duncan. (Regarding that - Kurt still couldn't fully stop him, but he slowed him down. The lightbulb clicked late in game 1, and in game 2, KT played heaps and we blew them out.)
Of course, knowing D'Antoni, this will never happen. Expect to see Diaw get 45 minutes. :)
Regarding the current state of our team - the reality is that we are in a very very tough position. But regardless of whether or not he makes this particular change - I'm still keeping my hopes up. To be optimistic - if we defend our home court and tie it up 2-2, then it's just like last year, and this time we won't have suspended players. We'll definitely still be in it.
Things look down right now - but the Suns won't go out without a fight.