The Suns were rolling and then…
Well, then the Hawks went zone. The massacre started, the Suns never got back and Alvin Gentry’s grand plan of keeping Steve Nash out backfired as the team went 0-3 in a back-to-back-to-back set.
Now, who performed, who disappointed, and who made us puke? Let’s see:
Steve Nash: A+
How else? Steve was doing Steve things all night. I mean, 22 points and 16 assists? This man is staring in the face of retirement and laughing it off. Why does he have to do it on a bad team, though?
Grant Hill: A+
Instead of showing you Grant’s line, I’ll show you the line of the dangerous scorer he was defending for most of the game (Grant played 37 minutes) 2-10 shooting for 6 points and 3 assists. Yep, Grant killed Joe Johnson.
Marcin Gortat: B+
Marcin was the most tired of all the players, I can tell you that. He logged the most minutes on the set and he still managed to play with some energy. Now had Gentry only given him the ball when he had Vlad Radmanovic on him… Oh well. Thanks to the road trip, though: Bad shooting, excused, mediocre rebounding, excused. And finally, great defence, a big bonus. Gortat ended the game with 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Channing Frye: B
His box score might look fine, but his game didn’t. Channing was the primary defender on Josh Smith who dropped 30 points. A lot of them, because of Channing’s lazy D. He would’ve had an A, but instead, he has a B. A very,