Game Thread: Suns (28-21) at 76ers (25-24)

Posted by on February 9th, 4:01 pm

76ers 108, Suns 91











The Suns will continue their search for consistency in the City of Brotherly Love.

I bring that up because following two nice wins now would be the time for the Suns to put up a clunker if they follow their last month’s path.

Phoenix hasn’t won three in a row since pulling the trick Jan. 9-13 to finish off their nine wins in 12 games stretch that preceded a run of eight losses in 12 games.

I expect a fairly brisk pace with the way the Suns have found success pushing the ball of late and since Philly has played faster since Elton Brand went down with his season-ending injury.

The Sixers, who rank 23rd in offensive efficiency but sixth in defensive efficiency, have been starting 6-foot-8 small forward Thaddeus Young at the four with Brand out, so Amare should have an advantage in the post if Porter chooses to exploit that.

Lightning Lou Amundson will likely play his reserve minutes with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after he was never able to get off Philly’s bench the last two years, playing just 26 games total and rarely getting anything more than garbage time. I doubt he would have ever imagined he would be the primary backup to Amare and Shaq at this time last season.

Finally, the Suns have played two solid games since the trade rumors reached a crescendo Friday afternoon, so maybe the trade talk really is serving as a unifier to this basketball team. We’ll have a better idea of that after tonight.

Click here for a Q and A I did with Sixers site on Amare trade rumors

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Louis Amundson · Philadelphia 76ers · Phoenix Suns Preview

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael Schwartz // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:04 am

    They just didn't care to get the board on that last possession of the first half.

  • 2 Brandon // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

    It's like clockwork. A few good games, some confidence, then falling flat on your face.

    It's so frustrating to watch honestly.

  • 3 Mike // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Everybody on the hate wagon! How many times has Amare watched Iguodala dunk it? How many times did the Suns fail to enter the post? How many times did Porter say, "come on guys keep the intensity!"? How many times did Stoudemire fail to score on a crappy defender?

  • 4 Brandon // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Does it scare anyone else that they're playing Dragic and Tucker so much?

    Maybe Kerr said "Hey Terry, we're gonna blow the team up and you'll be stuck with a bunch of garbage, so you might as well get them accustomed to playing."

  • 5 Michael Schwartz // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:49 am

    My only theory would be because this is the second game of a back-to-back. Let's just hope the starters are rested for a run in the fourth,

  • 6 Michael Schwartz // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Unbelievable, I thought they would be in by now FOR SURE!

  • 7 Brandon // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Seriously, Porter…

    It's taking every ounce of my willpower to keep the TV on.

  • 8 Brandon // Feb 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Sigh… here we go again.

  • 9 Mike // Feb 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hah. Kerr and Porter are such a joke, I wouldn’t be surprised.

    Nice airball Tragic. Forgot to ask how many times Amare let the weakside cut get a free dunk, and how many times he failed to box out.

    Speights looks like an allstar in this game because he’s playing against Porter’s zone defense, which apparently isn’t ready for teams that move, dribble, pass or shoot. I’m sure it’d dominating in church league against 12-year olds, though!

  • 10 Brandon // Feb 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Yeah, I was sort of joking. I hope.

    Amare’s still getting a lot of minutes though…

  • 11 Mike // Feb 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    OMG is Porter giving up with 10 minutes left in the fourth? WTF?

  • 12 Michael Schwartz // Feb 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Who would you rather have, Lopez or Speights…… :(

  • 13 Mike // Feb 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I’m sure there are some high school coaches out there with a bigger sack that are cheaper than Porter.

  • 14 Mike // Feb 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Someone please fire Terry Porter and end this tea party.

  • 15 jerke // Feb 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Yep – STAt is officially a joke – worst defense by him all year. Obviously looks like Porter has instruction to play the young guys to showcase them so they can be thrown in on a deal – Kerr is an idiot, but he needs to pull the trigger on a trade sooner than later and least let this team try to get focused for some manner of a playoff run.

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