Overview: The Phoenix Suns dispatched the Cavaliers behind a 27 point, 12 rebound performance from Grant Hill. The Suns won despite shooting 6-19 from beyond the arc, which is extremely depressing.
The Cavs totally would have won this game if they didn’t suck bullets:
Two quick things to start out with: This team was the worst team in basketball before the injuries. And it was not particularly close. The first (Or, this is the worst team in basketball) on this site happened a month and a half ago, and that was when everyone was healthy. Also, every team in the league deals with injuries, if not to this extent. No team in decades has played this badly. Do you realize the Cavs are 0-21 in games decided by 10 or more points? That’s horrifying. There is no rationalizing the awfulness of this team. The team is, indeed, notable for its sheer ineptitude.
I don’t know how the Suns could have played worse. They showed no effort, and played their standard horrible brand of defense. Steve Nash honestly played like he didn’t want to have to lower himself to scoring on the Cavs’ defense. Channing Frye forced threes early in the shot clock. Robin Lopez decided he was Hakeem Olajuwon, to disastrous results. Vince Carter scored one basket.
The Suns played like they knew they could win without trying, and they did. They didn’t need to do anything beyond watch Grant Hill get to his favorite spots on the court at will and watch Jamario Moon and Antawn Jamison brick threes to come away with a road win.
Speaking of Jamison, I had my doubts about him when the Cavs got him, and he has confirmed those doubts in each of his games as a Cavalier. I don’t have anything against him personally. He’s a professional, he’s a veteran, and he’s tremendously skilled. However, he’s also a 6-9 volume shooter who doesn’t play defense. He’s Eddie House with 10 extra inches and much better PR. He does not pretend to play defense. He fires up a shot every time he gets a look, and occasionally converts. He exists only to put up numbers and allow more baskets than makes. Watching him has become painful to me.
It was good to see Gibson and his beautiful, beautiful three-point shot back, even if he was a bit unsure of himself every time he went inside the arc. I am MORE than okay with Gibson becoming the starting point guard if anyone is willing to offer cap relief and a 2nd round pick for Mo Williams. I am convinced that Daniel Gibson would be a quality Fisher/Arroyo starter or 6th/7th man on a good team, Anthony Parker would be a solid show starter (like Pavs on the Mavericks!) or 8th/9th man on a good team, and no other player on this team would have anything at all to offer to a team with championship aspirations.
Honestly, that’s all I have to say tonight. The games really are starting to blend together. At no point did I think the Cavs were going to win this game, and this was the closest loss they’ve had in a while. Until next time.