I don't know what it is about the Phoenix Suns. They hurt me, time and time again. But they show glimpses of remorse, and I'm right back into a destructive relationship with Planet Orange. Maybe it's Steve Nash, or the way the team looks like they legitimately enjoy playing with each other. Who is to say?â†µ
Last night was the final straw -- I couldn't hold out anymore. Nash was dropping dimes all over the Air Canada Centre, and Channing Frye was knocking down jumpers with ease and precision. The play that really got me? Frye's perfect bounce pass to Marcin Gortat for the dunk.
In what could only be described as Nash-esque, Frye allowed two Raptor defenders to swarm to him, and at the last second snuck the ball to Gortat, who was pleasantly surprised to find an open lane for the jam. Frye was mobbed afterwards by Gortat and Nash, who both were extremely impressed by his vision. This type of basketball is very fan-friendly.â†µ
The Suns have now won 9 of their last 12 games, and the awful Hedo Turkoglu experiment is long over. Picking up Gortat was a great move by management, and his performance off the bench has been impressive (ten double-doubles this season since being traded to PHX). At 29-27, the Suns are in prime position to get to the playoffs and break my heart again.â†µ
Finally, to those who say we should trade Steve Nash? I never want to hear that talk again. He's a Sun, through and through. The man brings Phoenix together, a cohesive force in times of change. He has one or two good years left, and we should cherish them all for ourselves.