ValleyoftheSuns Live: Suns at Jazz pregame/halftime/postgame shows

Join the ValleyoftheSuns team and other special guests as we break down the showdown of the season between the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz with pregame, halftime and postgame shows.

  • Scott

    Warrick played well.

    At the beginning of the game, Reggie Miller suggested that Gentry would probably put Lopez and Gortat in together to counter the big front line of Utah. (Gentry didn’t.)

    The Suns lost this game, which is bad, because it puts them out of the playoff picture. But the next game, against the Spurs, with nothing to play for … losing to the Spurs as they tune up for the playoffs is going to suck.

  • Grover

    Awful. The Suns played scared – stupid turnovers, indecision, missed free throws, defensive lapses. I’m surprised the way they played the game was as close as it was.

    Can’t wait to hear the post game interviews. Gortat playing bad enough to get pulled for most of the 4th quarter in an elimination game is alarming… want to hear Gentry and Gortat comments on this.

  • JZ

    I think Gortat is aware that his time in Phoenix may be over. FO just needs to package him nicely with another player. Gortat and Kieff for Ilyasova and Ellis.
    BTW. The Suns obituary for this year should look back at those several games where Phoenix blew the victory do to lousy plays in the last half of the 4th quarters. There ARE several. The ones that still make me mad are the games against OKC and Miami.

  • Tony

    Well, no surprise the Suns loss and no surprise Gortat was a no-show in a big game. Looking back on it, I’m not sure the Suns did get the good end of the deal with the Magic for him. Trading Richardson, Hedo, and Clark for a guy who just cannot handle the pressure may have been too much to give up for him. This is especially so since the Three Stooges had no plans on keeping Carter or Peitrus after the season.

    Suns fans, I’ll say it again, I know the dummies out there, i.e., those who put statistics at the forefront of every opinion without looking at the intangibles, will disagree with me, but this is what happens when you have a moron owner with two inexperienced baffoons running a professional sports franchise. That is, you get the first time in over 20 years in which the team has gone consecutive years without making the playoffs. You get starters such as Dudley, Brown, and Frye none of whom would start on any legitimate NBA team.
    With an incompetent and cheap owner, you allow Boris Diaw, a guy whom would have been perfect off the bench for the Suns especially against the Jazz, to sign elsewhere and then claim you don’t want to look to the past even though the present pretty much sucks for the franchise.
    I could go on and on about the incompetence of Sarver and his minions. But with the likes of certain morons out there who defend him and continue to support him by shelling out dollars to buy into his product, we as Suns fans suffer because Sarver won’t sell as a consequence of these idiots continuing to feed his wallet.

  • Grover

    Ilyasova is unrestricted, so the Suns wouldn’t have to give up anything to get him. Not a fan of Ellis. Very inefficient and poor character. I’m not sure we need to recruit only choir boys, but I’d like to see us stick to players with the professionalism required for good team chemistry. Ellis isn’t good enough to put up with the hassle.

    Let’s hope Morris keeps improving. He certainly played like a rookie tonight.

  • Scott

    I’m not going to dump on Morris and Gortat for playing poorly. The Suns would have looked a lot better if they’d had a star to go along with Nash. They didn’t.

    In addition, they also didn’t have a healthy Frye or Hill. If Frye had been there, probably the Suns win.

    I’m not sure what the Suns should do in the offseason, but trading away Gortat is probably not high on the list. The Suns need a good center, and Gortat is that. He’s just not a great center; he’s not a star.

  • Scott

    Let me add: would any of D’Antoni’s teams won that game, missing two starters?

    Let’s say that team is missing the starting PF and the starting SF. That would be Amare and Marion.

    Unlikely the Suns would win that game.

  • steve

    I’m with you, Scott, but one could also make the argument that D’Antoni teams didn’t have to fight for the 8-seed (back in the days when the Suns were still Jerry’s kids).