Amare isn't right. I don't if its between his ears or between his...well, knees. But this is not the same player we have watched over the past few years. Amare used to dominate the Spurs inside and even in the playoff's last year was the #1 offensive option and averaged 26 PPG despite all his foul trouble.
If his knees are sore then sit him. If his heart is missing (which I doubt) then sit him. In fact, sitting him in that final defensive sequence was VERY telling. Clearly, the coach is seeing what we are seeing.
Oh, and if the final few minutes of the game last night didn't convince anyone that Hill made this Suns team better then last year's then I don't know what will. And can we finally say that the KT for BS deal was worth the $14m saved? I feel like they owe me a commission (1%?) for supporting this deal but I'll settle for the Principal playing great energetic D and hitting the occasional open J. I am thinking of regrowing (and painting) my goatee in honor of the big bald beautiful freak.
And we say it when the ref's suck so let's call it how it is. This was a well ref'd game. They didn't call cheap fouls on Amare that sometimes get called and I LOVED the flop call on Omberto when he hooked Diaw's arm and pulled him towards him. They even called Bowknees for riding Nash and for a reach-around that was typically not called last year. There were a few late whistles on Manu drives but hey - overall the ref's did well.
As for the game? This was a no win situation for the Suns. If they lose to the Spurs w/o Parker then it sucks real bad. If they win without Parker then its not exactly "getting over the hump". They had to win and they did. But you can't exactly say the Spurs are shaking in their Ostrich skin boots.
It was a good win and most importantly the Suns didn't need Nash or Amare or even Marion to score big to reach 100 and you just felt that the Suns were going to get the big stops and they did. In the past during the slow down in the 3rd qtr you would be convinced that the Spurs were going to dominate but LB and Diaw really stepped up and just like the Spurs can sometimes play small and fast this Suns team is showing that it can play slow and ugly too.
Suns D Rules!...sometimes...