I attended the Phoenix Suns versus New Orleans Hornets game last night at US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. Going into this season my expectations were far from high, yet I did think the Suns could be at least a 7 or 8 seed in the West. After watching both pre season games against the Denver Nuggets, I slowly began to adjust my predictions. There was little movement without the ball with four guys standing around watching Steve Nash dribble.
After last night's game, I must admit, not only was wrong on my playoff prediction, I may need to adjust my forecast to as low as last place in the Pacific Division. I thought Shannon Brown would be a stud. He's not. He is also a lot smaller than I thought. He's listed at 6'4", but honestly he looked about 6' even. Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Grant Hill and Shannon Brown combined to hit just 8 of 35 field goals (23%), many of the misses were on wide open shots. Granted, those shots will begin to fall, still they played one of the worst teams in the league. What will happen when they play someone good?
Tom Zenner, former Phoenix sports anchor and editor of Post Magazine said it best on Twitter. "Boring and bad is not a good combination." I could not have said it better.
Honestly, if it had not been the home opener and I had not been there with a buddy who lives in Washington DC, I would have been bored. The Suns looked old, tired and flat. I was excited when the Suns went to what I thought would be an explosive second unit with Ronnie Price, Dudley, Lopez, Brown and rookie Markieff Morris. Wrong again. It was a flop. Where is the scoring going to come from? Who will be their go to guy? These questions were not answered in the opener, in fact it only raised more questions. Like where in the world was Hakim Warrick? The lone bright spot was Robin Lopez, who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds.