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Nash Attributes Loss to Lack of Confidence Not Lack of Effort

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When I went back and watched the first quarter of Wednesday's game I expected to see another lack-luster performance. Both the Suns radio and TV analysts repeatedly talked about the team once again lacking fire and not giving a good effort and certainly the 14 point performance on one end and giving up 33 points on the other would indicate that.

But what I saw in re-watching the game was something else which prompted me last night to write, "The Suns didn't lack energy to start this game. If anything they seemed tight and lacking in confidence but the effort seemed to be there."

Today, thanks to friends of our friends at Sports 620 KTAR we get the locker room post game audio from Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire that proves me right. I love being right. You may proceed to bow and grovel and throw coins at my feet. Or you can remain silent which I will take as your undying loyalty and adoration. Your choice.

That, by the way, was an example of too much confidence and included for rhetorical and metaphorical purposes only. We humbly continue...

Asked after the game about the team's effort Nash responded, "I think it's more of a lack of confidence. We didn't come out and really show that decisiveness and confidence that we normally show. That's why you saw the low point totals for most of the night."

That's not to let the Suns defense off the hook and neither Nash or Grant Hill did that. "It seems like when shots aren't falling, we stop playing defense. That's when you've got to really tighten down," said Hill.

Teams that don't play hard are difficult to root for. We saw that last year with the Suns when all of the distractions lead to many nights when the effort wasn't there.

The Trail Blazers are going through that right now. Listening to the Blazer's Edge Ben and Kevin Pelton's recent podcast you hear a lot of lament over the inconsistent effort from Andre Miller and even Brandon Roy taking plays off and how that's impacting the team. It all sounds so familiar and provides a sharp contrast to this year's Suns.

The effort has been there and in the couple of games when it wasn't the team was embarrassed by their performance and held themselves accountable.

Last night was disappointing but not due to a lackadaisical attitude and we should be proud of our team for that.

The confidence will return and in fact it did in the second half as the Suns scored 61 points once the pressure was off and they were able to play loose.

There's work to be done on the defensive end for sure and clearly some adjustments will need to be made to handle teams switching bigs on to Nash but there's plenty of time for that as long as the winning attitude remains.

Post game audio

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