Ok, so it's only 4 games in, sample size, overreaction, blah blah blah, etc. Now that we have that out of the way...
What should be apparent to anyone who watched last night's game (and the Portland Trailblazers game), is that the Suns are doing a piss-poor job of closing games out. The Nash-Lopez pick and roll was our go-to option last night, and it looked aaaawwwwwful. That may not even be enough a's to express how awful it was.
The Phoenix Suns are staying in games, fighting, scrapping, and doing all the little things to offset their rebounding deficit. And it's all working. Alvin Gentry should get a lot of credit for that.
But all that work goes for naught if we can't close the game out when it comes down to the final stretch. I fear that if this keeps happening, the effort in the first 40 minutes of the game may go away as well. Nobody wants to work their arse off all night, just to see it slip away at the end. That's frustrating.
Now, because I clearly am the person to solve this problem, and Gentry is definitely listening, I am offering up the answer. Very simple.
Unleash. The. Dragon.
See... We have this fantastic combo-guard guy, who keeps drawing comparisons to Manu Ginobli (and yes, it hurts me to compare him to someone I hate so much.) Why not let him take that a step farther, and be the closer, like Manu is? He certainly has showed the potential and ability to do so last season. Remember all those games he stayed in the 4th quarter while Nash cheered him on?
Are we worried that he isn't experienced enough? Goran Dragic just spent all summer being the go-to guy for his national team, which did pretty well in the Worlds, btw. Last night, he was clearly the best player on the floor for the Suns, when he was able to be on the floor for the Suns (boo, fouls!).
Is it because we want to have Steve out there? They can play together! Goran is a fine scorer at the 2 position.
What's that? You'd rather have Jason Richardson's clutch shooting out there in crunch time? Then keep Richardson out there, at the SF... he's played that position extensively back in his days with the Warriors.
Maybe it's just me, but I visualize the two guards being very effective together. Especially if paired with Warrick, the only decent roll-man on the squad currently. It presents the other team with a a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't approach to guarding the pick. There's just no way you can consistently keep your best perimeter defender on the guy initiating it, because both guys can initiate it.
That is all. You may now agree with me.