Michael Redd is on a roll, and just maybe a Phoenix Suns team with very few reliable scorers has found themselves a reliable scorer. Whoda thunk it would be Michael Redd after all those injuries?
Redd said he knows people in Milwaukee and elsewhere felt his career was over after two surgeries for anterior-cruciate ligament tears in the same knee, per Paul Coro, beat writer for azcentral.com and the Arizona Republic. But he said he never questioned his ability to return, working individually since a brief 10-game return at the end of last season with the Bucks. "Not even in a bad way," Redd said of the doubting fans. "Like, 'He should go ahead and retire. He's had a great career.' I knew I had something left in the tank. A lot, actually. I thought I got robbed of a couple years with the ACL injuries.
"That's been the story of my career, kind of overachieving and climbing over mountains. When people say I couldn't do something, that motivated me to do it."
If he continues on his current pace (averaging 14 points in 21 minutes over last 3 games), or even improves as his rusty game returns to him, the Suns may have had a gift drop right into their laps. A gift that was desperately needed.
For scoring on this team, you can only count on Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat on a night-in night-out basis. Both will get you at least 10 point a night. Occasionally 20. All while producing 10+ a night in their secondary category (rebounds/assists) as well.
Everyone else on the team? Scoring is a total crapshoot.
- Jared Dudley - scored 10+ points in 7 of his last 12 games.
- Grant Hill - scored 10+ points in 5 of his last 12 games.
- Shannon Brown - scored 10+ points in 5 of his last 12 games.
- Channing Frye - scored 10+ points in 3 of his last 12 games.
- Sebastian Telfair - scored 10+ points in 2 of his last 12 games.
- Robin Lopez - scored 10+ points in 2 of his last 12 games.
- Markieff Morris - scored 10+ points in 2 of his last 12 games.
- Hakim Warrick - scored 10+ points in 1 of his last 12 games.
- Ronnie Price - scored 10+ points in NONE of his last 12 games.
- Josh Childress - scored 10+ points in NONE of his last 12 games.
"From where I came from the last couple years to get to that point to play at this level again is a miracle," Redd said, according to Paul Coro, beat writer for azcentral.com. "The NBA is tough so to come back into form, all the hard work and tears paid off."
The Suns need reliable scoring from someone other than Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat.