Phoenix Suns Get Punked in their Home Opener
The Phoenix Suns are celebrating their 50th year of existence this season. It might be the only thing that the team will be celebrating. On Wednesday night the Suns were exposed by the Portland Trail Blazers. That exposure had the Suns in a 124-76 loss which was the worst loss in franchise history.
Watching the dismantling of the Phoenix Suns was gruesome to watch. This was an historic loss for the Suns who are trying to take the next step in their rebuild.
The rebuild may have to put in the hands of a different builder. The team was clearly not ready to play and that is a direct reflection on head coach Earl Watson.
“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could. They didn’t have no sympathy.” Watson said.
That is the mentality that a professional franchise should have Coach Watson. This is not a some rec league down at the YMCA. This is the NBA, the best professional basketball league on the planet. You play for titles, not to just put up a good fight. Your team, Coach Watson, had no fight, desire, heart, or courage against the Blazers.
Your team, Coach Watson, may have to go to “The Wizard of Oz” to find the answers.
You’re an NBA coach correct? If the answer is yes, then start acting like one please.
Your bad use of timeouts, lack making adjustments, lack of player development is simply running thin with this Phoenician.
I didn’t see you do any coaching last night. I saw you walk up and down the sidelines. That’s it.
Your offense that you have the Suns running seemed that it was something short of what a 7th grade intramural basketball team might use during their season. The isolation plays, the lack of good ball movement, the poor shooting from three point land, being outhustled, and outrebounded happened in front of your paying Phoenix Suns fans.
Embarrassing. Just like you said after the game.
What are you going to do to correct this? I got an idea, how about you and your coaching staff develop some sort of inside presence because if your team is not hitting from the outside, this team is done. There won’t be any hope for this team
Here’s the other caveat to the game. The second best player on Portland didn’t play in the game.
C.J. McCollum, the shooting guard, who usually plays alongside Damian Lillard, was out due to a suspension. McCollum left the bench during a pre-season game with these Phoenix Suns last week.
If he would have played, the final score would have been a hell of a lot worse.
At one point in the game the Suns were down by 55 points. At home. By that point in the game, the people that were left in the building, including me, were just staying to see how points the Blazers were going to end up with. The game was basically over at halftime.
Portland led 60-35 at half. The fat lady was warming up at Talking Stick Resort Arena at that point.
This game was such a colossal collapse for Phoenix that it had many fans questioning whether the team was starting “tank” mode right off the bat.
“I’m not coming back to a game until the team figures out what the heck they are doing.” I heard a fan say as he left the arena.
On the other side of the coin, Portland, looked like a team that could surprise some teams in the loaded Western Conference. They are athletic, long, and have guys that can shoot. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the studs on the Blazers. However, the bigs for Portland were active tonight and simply put a beating on the Suns.
The Blazers outrebounded the Suns 57-33. Let that sink in Phoenix fans.
You could look at any basic basketball stat on Wednesday night and the Suns were dominated. The only one that counts is the scoreboard and I have a good feeling that Suns fans will be seeing a lot of that during the 2017-2018 season.
Every team says they have a strategy of how they are going to improve.
What’s the Suns? I’m just asking.