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Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Injured Steve Nash Playing Too Many Minutes

Following the Suns‘ crushing double-overtime loss to Chicago, head coach Alvin Gentry laid into his bench (specifically, Goran Dragic) for leaving him no choice but to ride the injured Nash into the ground. From the Arizona Republic: “Through three quarters Wednesday, Steve Nash had done enough. The point guard had 10 points, 14 assists, no turnovers, and the Suns, though once ahead by 23 points, led the Chicago Bulls by 12 entering the fourth quarter. Two minutes and 10 seconds later, the man with the bruised right heel who recently recovered from a groin strain was being summoned to return to a nine-point game. Even with Nash, the Suns lost the rhythm and movement to their offense, the one thing they thought would not be an issue while fixing the defense and praying for rebounds … ‘It’s not fair to him,’ forward Grant Hill said of Nash. ‘Dealing with the (groin) thing, and his foot’s hurting him. He gave it all he had out there and did a good job. When we don’t go to him, we’ve got to be a little sharper with execution.’ ,,, ‘(Dragic) didn’t play very good and, as a result of that, I have to play Steve too many minutes,’ Gentry said. ‘Forty-nine minutes for Steve is too damn many. Then I got another guy out there (Hill) who plays 46 minutes and should be playing about 30 in a double-overtime game. So we’ve got to get the bench playing well again.’”

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  • The Philosopher

    Should have rested his guys, then.
    What is he talking about? You are going to fun your guy into the ground less than 20 games into the season?
    Take the loss, and keep it moving.
    If you do not have the guys, then, you don’t have the guys.
    One has to pick and choose their battles.
    Dragic, he needs experiences like this. For, quagmires like this shall build his character, and make him a better overall player. He’s still better than Vujacic.

  • The Philosopher

    *run*

  • AT33

    Dragic is not good enough to play in the NBA, i’m sorry even considering his stint last year in the playoffs. This was just a bad pick by Kerr. The Suns need a real back up for Steve.

  • ClydeSays

    Nash is finally breaking down, just like Cuban predicted he would… 5 years later….

  • ShadiestBen

    AT33 Dragic is good enough to play in the NBA. Steve Kerr (who drafted him) knows more about NBA basketball than you do. Alvin Gentry (who plays him) knows more about NBA basketball than you do.
    Philosopher – You are right, but you forgot to add your signature ‘in my opinion’.

  • The Philosopher

    ^ShadiestBen:
    Thanks.
    I sure did forget.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    That game was so painful to watch come 4th quarter. Nash got to “guard” Korver, while Grant did his best (and it was nearly enough) to guard one of the Nba’s fastest.
    Meanwhile Childress/Warrick were chilling on the bench and Gentry was forcing a grimacing/limping Hedo in at critical junctions to play the 4!! Dudley, who had a great defensive play late, was subbed in & out every other posession, just strange rotations imo.
    Steve didn’t help much with his overdribbling and bad shot selection (even for him).

  • AT33

    It’s painful to watch a future HOF like Steve Nash play with such scrubs! He is still one of the best in the game despite his age.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I only got one thing to say. . . HOW ‘BOUT DEM SUNS?!

  • http://sdfjlkf.com Jukai

    Honestly, the bench messed up big, but Steve and Grant and Gentry deserve a lot of blame for messing up the end of that game.
    No one took it to Rose, who had five fouls. Rose was pretty much the only person who scored on the Suns in overtime. Inexcusable.
    I still think the Suns are trouble (they have two/three loses they would not have lost if Nash was there) but if they start getting injured, it’s over.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Did alvin forget hes in charge of minutes? if he didnt wnt to play steve so many mins, then sit him on the bench. Besides, more minutes happens with double ot, cmon alvin!. At33, what happened to ‘steve makes everyone so much better, he turns guys into all stars.’ ? Now, its ‘its sad to watch him play with scrubs.’. I wish nash lovers would admit that nashs success was largely dependant on having great teammates. That goes for every player ever. But, nash fans make him seem like some magical white wizard who molded jj, matrix, and amare out of playdoh. Anyways, suns are done, out of the playoffs, end of the line. Hey, they had a good run, better than most teams.

  • Justin

    Tarzan, you really do need to wake up. Nash has made all of those guys look good. Name me one great player he has played with in Phoenix since he came back from Dallas? Don’t say Amare. He is not a great player. As well as the players you mentioned, ask Boris Diaw, Quentin Richardson, and Raja Bell how they’ve liked playing without Nash.

  • ShadiestBen

    Joe Johnson, Amare and Shawn Marion are all still doing pretty well without Steve.

  • Justin

    What Steve did for those guys was make the game easier. I bet Marion’s FG% isn’t as high although I’d have to look it up. Lots of alley oops and points on the break for a higher percentage, especially for a small forward. How many more open looks did they all get playing with Steve? Again, I’d have to look at field goal percentages between then and now but I guarantee they all work a lot harder for their points then they ever did with Nash.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    justin, by your logic, any pg, hmm maybe even marbury, can throw passes ahead to matrix on the fastbreak, not too hard, he was the matrix after all. you act like steve is the only pg who helps guys get good looks, EVERY good pg does that. jkidd is doing that now. joe johnson hasnt had a pg in atl, its been on him, i think hes done fine. boris and raja have played well since leaving phx. barbosa is now getting decent minutes in tdot.

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