The Suns’ season ended exactly two weeks ago at home against Dallas.
Or at least that’s when the team mailed in the rest of its schedule.
14 days later, it seems only fitting Phoenix would be dismantled by the playoff bound Mavericks in the Lone Star State.
The Suns were flat in all aspects Sunday afternoon, losing 115-90 to Dallas and clinching a losing season.
Phoenix came out of the gate with no purpose, falling behind from the beginning.
At the end of the first quarter, Dallas led 36-17.
The second 12 minutes was much of the same. The Suns showcased their lack of will and played poorly on both ends of the court.
By the time halftime mercifully gave Phoenix a break, the Mavericks were up 65-39. The 26-point deficit was the most the team has trailed by at the half all season.
The Suns began the third period on a 9-2 run and held Dallas to 15 points in the quarter while scoring 21 themselves.
In the fourth, the Mavericks heated up again to put away any chance of a late comeback.
Phoenix finished the game 2-of-20 from three-point land after the team missed its first 16 attempts.
Aaron Brooks hit the first one in the fourth quarter and Vince Carter added another late.
No Suns starter hit a three. The five went a combined 0-for-11.
According to The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro, Suns coach Alvin Gentry answered just one postgame question, said thanks and left.
Apparently Gentry is as fed up with the season as his team is. Phoenix didn’t show up Sunday. The team looked disinterested on the court and no one played cohesively.
There’s not exactly much motivation to play hard at this point, but getting embarrassed is about pride.
Pride for the franchise, pride for the fans and pride for the players themselves.
The loss sealed Dallas’ first season sweep of the Suns since 1986-87. But it’s been that kind of year in Phoenix. Not many highs and countless new lows.
Just two games remain now between the Suns and a long summer.
Steve Nash, who missed three of the last five games, scored six points and dished nine assists.
“We lacked energy and passion. We got what we deserve,” Nash told Suns.com. “We’ve been out of it for a little while. I think a part of it is that when you’re out of it, there’s a letdown. Even your shooting, you’re turned off mentally just a touch and you miss shots you normally make. It’s hard when you’re not playing for anything to try to make it count.”
Josh Childress played a team-high 29 minutes Sunday, scoring eight points.
Marcin Gortat, as usual, continued to play hard, leading the team with 15 points and nine rebounds. His defense wasn’t great and his play on the boards was lacking as well, but considering what was going on around him, Gortat performed admirably (the same can’t be said for the majority of his teammates).
The Polish Hammer must be getting sick of being a silver lining amid a team full of guys just praying for the season to end.
Phoenix wraps up its year this week at home against the Timberwolves and Spurs.