After Two Tough Road Losses, the Suns Don't Appear to Have Much Going for Them Right Now; Next Up: Day Game in Memphis Today
Steve Nash: A rough weekend on the road.
The Phoenix Suns are not a very good basketball team right now. And it was a particularly dismal weekend on the road for Alvin Gentry's squad, whose impressive start to the season (they went 14-3) has been all but squandered in recent weeks. At the halfway point of the season, the Suns' 24-17 record appears to have them on track for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, but the way they're playing indicates a one-and-done postseason run.
Somehow, after Steve Nash made two free throws to make the score a seemingly comfortable 100-96 with 10 seconds to go, the Hawks managed to get two more possessions -- and make the most of them. With six seconds left in the game, the Hawks' Josh Smith was fouled. He missed the second of two free throws but, unforgivably, there was not a Sun to be found blocking out anybody in the lane -- unless you count Nash and Grant Hill, who ran into each in mid-air and crumpled to the floor. The Hawks' Jamal Crawford grabbed the rebound without having to make any kind of effort and easily laid the ball up for two points. Now, it's 100-99.
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