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Suns playing Rent-a-Center with Shaq + Memorable games

Posted by Arsenalist on February 6, 2008

It looks like Shaq is heading over to Phoenix to bolster the Suns frontcourt. Coming the other way is Shawn Marion. Now at first glance it appears that Steve Kerr just lost his mind but on further analysis, this might be the shrewdest move he’ll ever pull – assuming Shaq gets healthy.

I figure the Suns don’t give a shit about the regular season and are just counting on him to play a couple week in the regular season to get warmed up. The target here is the Spurs, in past playoffs Amare has had to deal with Duncan in the low post and it’s resulted in foul trouble, rebounding responsibilities and other such petulant shit. If Shaq just occupies Duncan on the defensive end and does a good job on the boards, the Suns would’ve offset the Spurs greatest strength. I think that’s what Kerr is banking on, for Shaq to come in and help win a series or two. Once you get to the NBA finals, it’s all kosher because the best the East can put out is the Celtics and even they’ll get devoured by the men from the desert. Ignore how Shaq doesn’t fit with the run ‘n gun style of the Suns, in the playoffs even the Suns slow it down, hence the acquisition.

On to off-day Raptor news of which there is none. There’s this Feschuk article which says the schedule is easy and how Garbajosa thinks his skin is too white. Mike Ganter tries to convince us that spacing is essential if you want to score in the NBA. I believe you man. The LA Clippers game coming up will be game #1000 in Raptors history which immediately got me thinking about memorable games, here’s my top 5:

  1. Game 5 of the Knick series we won.
  2. Vince beating the Celtics with a turnaround three in Boston.
  3. Game 7 against the 76ers in the EC Semis.
  4. Last game at Maple Leaf Gardens against the 76ers, we got crushed and Grunwald gave “The Speech”.
  5. Raptors beating the 72-10 bulls.

Even when the Raps aren’t playing, there’s another Toronto team which I take great joy in watching when they’re playing like this. I don’t mean to kick a guy when he’s down but the years of overshadowing the Raptors for no good reason has really filled many a fan with a sort of despise for the Leafs.

Cleveland’s one point win over Boston last night meant that we’re down to 5th place and trail the Cavs by half a game. Since betting is a constant theme around here, I was trying to tell somebody how stupid it was for him to pick Boston over Cleveland even though they were favorites. There’s no KG in there and the last time these two played in Cleveland, the Cavs beat the Celtics who were at full strength.

I have a lot more to write but work is calling. Later.

6 Responses to “Suns playing Rent-a-Center with Shaq + Memorable games”

  1. […] tries to convince us that spacing is essential if you want to score in the NBA. I believe you man. The LA Clippers game coming up will be game #1000 in Raptors history which immediately got me thinking about memorable games. […]

  2. Raptors2009 said

    Most memorable Raptor games for me had to be the Knick playoff series, classic games.

  3. PsychicSpy said

    The line was Boston +3. People who bet on Boston WON the game on a meaningless 3 pointer with no time remaining.

    This is typical and will drive you crazy. 15-20% of NBA betting results (against the spread) are decided by the last play… and more than that is decided by garbage time play. NBA betting is pretty much for degenerates… or 20 somethings on their way to the financial markets…
    where you can build a legit business.

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  5. PapiJulio said

    Marion wanted to be traded at the beginning of the season. I think there are cracks in the Pheonix team and Marion is aware of how the teams sucessess is tooo balanced on a older Nash. Without Steve Nash the team falls apart. So much hinges on Nash on the floor. Marion has to be setup to be effective. Hill isn’t effective as he used to be. Stoudemire in the post was pretty much money in the bank but gets in foul trouble. Bringing Shaq will give Pheonix another guy who can take serious pressure of Nash & Stoudemire. It will give Nash some VERY VALUABLE rest & keep Stoudemire on the floor. If Phnoenix wants to go anywhere in the playoffs they have to make sure there isn’t too much demand on Steve. Obviuously this puts huge finicial burden on the Suns… but when your that close to a championship who can blame them.

    I think the Suns are cashing out on the Run&Gun style and moving to a more half court play with more defence. Steve ain’t going to run forever. Shaq is definatly slow but now the Sun have to option of a Run&Gun style OR a half court grind them out play. They can pick between the two style now. Before they just had to out score there oppenents. Now with Shaq & Stoudemire in the paint where the playoffs are TRUELY won, who going to invade that space….. The new Twin Towers. The Toughest PF & C combo in the league. It will do wonders in the playoffs. This is a gamble for sure… but I’d do it.

  6. i really don’t think marion is aware of anything other than how unfortunate he was to be a 3rd option on a stacked team. he will not enjoy the same open space as he did in phoenix, and realize that playing elsewhere wont be as fun.

    if shaq is healthy, this is the team to be beat for the next year or two. this will really force boston to get a backup pg, and maybe a backup 3.

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