I can’t help but be a little tentative over Phoenix post their loss to Philadelphia. That makes 4 losses in 6 games. 2 of those losses were against possible opponents in the Western Conference playoffs (LA and New Orleans), and 2 losses were blowouts (Detroit & New Orleans). Admittedly, in the same time frame they did beat Boston… still, they have looked out of sorts – and a loss to the 76ers at this point in time can’t be overlooked.
When Phoenix traded to get Shaq, they were a game clear on top of the West. Now, they have dropped to 6th in the standings, and are two games behind San Antonio and LA… and only three and a half games ahead of 9th place Denver. With the West this tight, rolling the dice on trading Shawn Marion to get Shaq may not have been the best of ideas. Changing your entire basketball philosophy more than two thirds through the season never is.
The argument from supposed ‘experts’ that Phoenix’s high-octane offense hadn’t won them a title so they had to change is ridiculous. True, they hadn’t won a title, but that didn’t mean the run ‘n’ gun was a failure. They came within one cheap shot from Robert Horry of beating the Spurs, and probably winning the West – and please, Cleveland was going to stop them?
Phoenix, your Suns may have blown it.