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This is the best description yet of where the Suns are right now. Today.

Seriously. As I've said before, if you have to lose, you might as well look good, have fun, and score a lot of points while doing it. But man, I have no idea who or what the Suns are or what they're going to be at the end of the season. It's nothing but confusion and inconsistency. Porter seems to have already given up on his new defensive philosophy. Or the players have. It's hard to say at this point.

This would make a lot more sense if the numbers didn't show his 36 min turnover rate this season was the same as 06-07...but still it's too high

This is sound familiar isn't it? Suns seeking better team defense and this too Porter looks to address rebounding struggles. Just remember if you were complaining about the slow Suns and that need to run. And built to run. Every reaction comes with an equal and opposite reaction.

The Suns are better with Nash on the bench? Don't bet on it.

And one thing that is undeniable is that Steve Nash did not seem to help much. Their two big runs -- 16-2 in the second quarter, and 9-0 in the fourth -- coincided almost perfectly with Steve Nash's only two stints on the bench. When Nash was in the game, Phoenix was -19. When he checked back in with 5:16 left, his team was up one, but by the final buzzer they were down five.

Cut Goran gets it

Suns lose.

I'm excited.

Wait, that can't be right, can it? We just let the Blazers beat us in a close game and I'm excited? We just let Brandon Roy drop 52 on us and I'm excited? Let me check that, yep, I'm excited.

Kelly Dwyer breaks down the Blazers (do you think if I link to him he will forgive me for accusing him of recapping a game he didn't watch? I didn't think so either)

This is a terrific team, led by a 24 year old in Brandon Roy who is already giving you a 25 PER. That's good stuff. Someone like Mitch Richmond or Reggie Miller never came close to that their careers, despite all the "he's so underrated" nonsense about Richmond, and the fact that Reg was on national TV about a trillion times in his career. Roy is playing spectacular basketball, though his stats don't bowl you over due to Portland's super-slow pace.

Get giddy about the Blazers, but understand that this team still has a lot of work to do. And then get giddy again knowing that this team has the players and talent to work on what needs to be done.

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