I saw each of these games from end to end. And I want to make a narrow point, the Suns are now the BIG team. I have been saying this since the Gortat trade.
In the Memphis game, we tried to run with them, especially in the fourth quarter. Suns had 121 shot attempts, Charlotte 96 not counting the free throws. The game was fast, non-physical and speeded-up in the fourth. We had open looks, but could not finish it out and the Suns scored 107, and lost by 7. ( I would be interested how the paint scoring looked but could not find that stat.)
In the Boston game, Suns had 91 attempts and Boston 97. The game was slow, physical and slowed in the fourth. We pounded the rock into the paint and won 88 to 71. We played a big line up, against their big line up and WON.
That I think is our new team, BIG: Slow the game down, play half court, keep the number of possession under 100, play inside out, have Steve break down the defense in the middle, find the big and let them finish. In the Boston game that worked so well, that Gortat and Lopez saw wide open 10 footers because the Boston defense started collapsing to protect the rim.
We are not going to be the pretty team which gets manhandled in the middle. We are the playoff team which pounds the rock into the middle, overwhelms you physically and wins at the rim. Stop thinking 7 seconds or less, spend a lot less energy on getting down the court quick, spend the energy on slowing the opponent.
WE are the BIG team. Let's act like it and play like it.