A couple days ago, when we lost to one of the worst teams in basketball - the Hornets - by a single point, in an away game...
That was not the moment to panic.Today, when we lost to a decidedly mediocre team - the Sixers - by 20 points, in our home opener, and the game wasn't as close as that 20 points suggest...
NOW IS THE MOMENT TO PANIC!
Dudley was just a dud, with no points and 4 fouls in 24 minutes. He was completely unable to keep any of the Philly backcourt players in front of him.
And Nash looked like he was playing in slow motion. 1 assist and 6 turnovers in 17 minutes and... wait for it... 4 personal fouls!
Speaking of which... 4 guards made it to double figures for Philly, plus Iguodala, who also plays on the perimeter. Anybody else think the terrific tandem of Nash and Dudley isn't athletic enough to match up with opposing backcourts? I sure do.
But I think the real lowlight was watching 7'1" Spencer Hawes pick off Nash's pass and perform a slow-motion breakaway, ending with a dunk. Really guys? Nobody can beat Spencer freaking Hawes down the court to stop that nonsense?
The starters gave up a 19-0 run to open the second half. How does that happen? Only an amazing combination of throwing the ball to the other team, and then standing around and watching them could result in such a run.
Overall, my diagnosis would be that we've surrounded Steve Nash in the starting lineup with a group of guys who are not suited for motion offense. Dudley and Frye are essentially spot up shooters, Hill is more of an iso scorer than a motion man, and Gortat - he's usally passable, but wasn't able to finish well with that broken finger. 1 for six on the night.
So, now is the moment, Brightsiders! Panic! Set something on fire! Turn over cars, and riot in the streets!