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Old 12-20-2008, 11:32 PM   #31
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:41 PM   #32
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:42 PM   #33
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Nash was very impressive down the stretch.
This is a very nice win for the suns.
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:48 PM   #34
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Pathetic defense by both teams and melo was definitely detrimental to this loss. Bad shots, careless turnovers, etc. Should've kept Kleiza in, Melo needs to take some games off to fix his elbow.

Props to Nene for showing up after he was nonexistant last night, but this is not how a team should perform after getting hammered by cleveland.

Should've been a W but way too many turnovers against a running team will always work against you.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:04 AM   #35
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As a Suns fan, what pleases me is that Amare has picked up his rebounding lately. He's lead the Suns in rebounding in 7 straight games.

He's always had the ability but not always the will. Porter called him out for it, as well as his need to improve his all-around game - about 2 games into this month - since then he's averaged 12 boards per game and 3 assists. D'Antoni never called Amare out on anything, Porter has taken a different approach and it's working.

He still needs to work on his defensive awareness a lot, but his man to man D has improved from last season. Saying Amare is "good offensively but terrible on D" seems to have become the cool thing to say, if you want to pretend you know a lot about him. Watch a few games - he's worked on his man to man D. Still needs better defensive awareness overall though, and his help D is still a little suss. Overall, he still needs to put more effort into it. But it's getting there, slowly.

If you want statistics, his opponent PER is 15, compared to Duncan's 14.6 and Garnett's 13.3. It was 23 last season.

He obviously wants to get to Duncan/KG's level. He's still got a long way to go - but it's good to see that he's taken a few steps forward.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:51 AM   #36
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Carmelo is going OFF in this game. Bigtime. Hill and Barnes don't have **** on him defensively. Their only hope is that he has an "off" shooting night.

Billups is going to also school Nash bigtime.
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Melo had 10 points, hmmm. Pretty good for old man Hill.
And yeah, I think Nash got the better of Billups in this one too
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #37
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Melo had 10 points, hmmm. Pretty good for old man Hill.
And yeah, I think Nash got the better of Billups in this one too

Yeah, melo had an off shooting night, and Hill's defense was actually decent enough to bother him.

Billups not schooling Nash was a surprise though. Usually Nash can't contain Billups at all.

Overall good game by the Suns. They're definitely getting on track.
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