The Sun-day Standard: Thoughts on the Phoenix backcourt and other Random takeaways from some Sunday games

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Rip City vs Motor City: One night removed from, drop­ping a fran­chise record 21 threes on Philly, The Port­land Trail­blaz­ers played a Detroit team hun­gry to become the first Least­ern Con­ter­ence team to defeat them. For a while it seemed prob­a­ble. There would have been no shame in the loss either. Los­ing on the sec­ond nights of back to backs on the road are for­giv­able, even for good teams. But the Blaz­ers are not a just a good team…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O28XCXA9WqM

The cel­e­bra­tion, or lack thereof really sums up every­thing about how Port­land per­ceives itself… Mat­ter of fact: we won because that’s what we’re sup­posed to do. A big part of being a cham­pi­onship team is car­ry­ing your­self like one…

 

Suns-Warriors:

The Dubs need to fix their slow starts. They’ve looked pretty mediocre with­out Iggy. Except Steph, who you can’t keep down for an entire game.

The Suns D and pace have been really impres­sive. They’ve won 5 straight & are sit­ting at 5th in the west. 5th! And they’re the one team to have beaten the mighty Trail­blaz­ers twice! (Almost 3 times to fair…)Hor­nacek & co obvi­ously never got the memo that they were sup­posed to tank this season.

A lot of this suc­cess can be attrib­uted to great coach­ing and chem­istry, and a dev­as­tat­ing back­court attack. I’ve always been a fan of 2 point guard line­ups (infact, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that THIS is the future of the game, and in 10 years, the tra­di­tional shoot­ing guard will be an obso­lete posi­tion) and this Bledsoe-Dragic com­bi­na­tion really seems like the best one we’ve seen. Both can push the pace, fin­ish, score, pass and gen­er­ally wreak havoc… each in their own uniquely con­trast­ing way.

Bled­soe seems like Lebron & West­brooks sci­en­tif­i­cally engi­neered lovechild who’s returned from the future to play in present day…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh4fABszLo

& Dragic: just ask any­one on the Spurs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLWjQ7nZTkI

& is it any coin­ci­dence that they got the chance to develop under Chris Paul & Steve Nash respectively?

 

High­light of the night: Big Blue-collar Bogut, always there to do his job: Rebound, Play D, Block shots, and throw behind the back passes off the drib­ble from midcourt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDn98o3Xmw

Dev Kabir Malik has a clinically alarming dependence on basketball and spends most of his time watching, analyzing, writing and even playing a little pickup (and some 2K too). In the little time he has left, he dabbles with design, art & music.