Not many five year olds find comfort in sitting on the couch watching VHS tapes of Jason Kidd dominating high school and college. Well, I did and that is where the continued infatuation with basketball began and still ticks today. I have been covering basketball for the past few years with Dime Magazine (http://dimemag.com) and look to continue spreading my wings with SB Nation Arizona.
One of the most telling signs of a bad team is that they do not have one glaring weakness. Through the course of a season, game-by-game, there are new ways to lose and more fundamental flaws revealed.
It takes more than being just an athlete, big, or a good shooter to be a consistently good player in the paint and the team is learning that the hard way after having eight years of glory with an All-Star.
A few things on the basketball court are indefensible and when they are the only part of your game executed consistently a team is doomed.
It is all about the defense and more specifically the play of P.J. Tucker as of late. When the team wins it is because of their defense, which will be key against the methodical Jazz.
The mood of the team is much different after win much like in any job when small or large success come the way, now comes the hard part of building consistency off of it.
With more questions than answers the fate of the teams prized off-season acquisition is up in the air, not in terms of a potential trade, but on more of a game-to-game basis.
Consistency has been the teams Achilles Heel, but when the team plays with the energy and effort that their head coach knew they had coming into the season they are a tough team. A team that can win some basketball games if they become consistent.
How do the Suns avoid another seven game winning streak tonight against a team that knocked them off earlier this season? They have to take advantage of a tired team coming off of a back-to-back and fuel their fire inside.