After the last two nights, it can be a little tough to be a positive, upbeat Phoenix Suns fan. I get that. However, if you told most people that the Suns would go 2-2 while playing four games in five nights (three on the road) against the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, they’d call you crazy. So, given the situation, I’d say this week of Suns basketball has been a very successful one.
Yes, it sucks to watch your favorite team get dominated two nights in a row. It sucks a lot, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. There’s no reason to hit the panic mode, no reason to think this team needs to trade Steve Nash, and no reason to think this team won’t make the playoffs. That’s all nonsense and just the mindless chatter of people that overreact.
It is, however, time to say Florida sucks. I mean honestly, who likes humidity?
Anyway, back to the NBA, where blowouts happen sometimes. They happen to every team, that’s just the way it is. They’ll happen to the Lakers, the Heat, the Celtics, the Spurs — everybody. Some nights the guys take the floor and they just don’t have it. You look for any positives that may be there, take what you can from them, and then throw the film away and move on. That’s exactly what the Suns will do here.
People seem to forget this team has a lot of new players that are trying to gel and build chemistry. That chemistry is starting to show, but it takes a while to build and get it to where they want it to be. When you factor in the injuries to Nash and Robin Lopez along with the brutal schedule to start the season, that chemistry takes even longer to develop. Remember, this team didn’t hit their stride and really start to click until February last season.
Phoenix has two games remaining on this current road trip; one in Charlotte and one in Houston. Both games are very winnable. They’ll have Friday off to practice and prepare for the Bobcats on Saturday and then Sunday off to get ready to face the Rockets on Monday. I’m very confident the Suns will bounce back, pick up a split on this trip and head back to Phoenix with an 8-6 record.
Shout out to Jon Bloom
I just want to give a little shout out to Jon Bloom from Sports 620 KTAR. Bloom is the host for the Planet Orange pre-game and post-game shows on KTAR and does a great job. Unlike most media members in the Valley, Bloom keeps things positive and never has a knee-jerk reaction. He’s by far my favorite radio personality and I highly recommend everyone give him a listen. You can catch Bloom before and after every Suns game and every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon on the Jon Bloom Show on Sports 620 KTAR. You can also follow Bloom on Twitter: @Azbloom.
Third annual @PhoenixSuns Tweetup
On Friday, December 10, the Suns will host their third annual Tweetup presented by Discount Tire when they square off with the Portland Trailblazers. Fans that attend the event will receive a #SunsTweetup shirt as well as early entry to the arena and the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with Suns forward Jared Dudley after the game. To buy tickets visit the official Suns website.