The Phoenix Suns didn't stand a chance against the Orlando Magic yesterday, not with Steve Nash out with "pelvic instability," and not with their magically disappearing offense.
Orlando whomped on the Suns in a 111-88 rout.
Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy commented on Nash's absence after the game. "I thought we played well but they're just a totally different team without Steve Nash," he said, adding, "They really struggle to compete without him." The Suns' problems are worsened by the recent injury to Channing Frye, leaving the Suns decimated as they struggle to make the playoffs.
Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said after the game that Nash is the "backbone" of the team but Planet Orange will have to adjust without him.
Nash is expected to miss tomorrow night's game against the Houston Rockets.
At one point in Sunday's game, the Suns went over eight minutes between field goals -- an abysmal total by any standard. The Rockets held them to 36 points in the second half.
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Aaron Brooks started for Nash and scored 19 in the first half -- none in the second. Marcin Gortat, who used to be a backup for Magic star Dwight Howard, played a decent game against his old friend, scoring 12 points with a block and 4 rebounds. Howard scored 26, blocked 5 shots, and had 15 rebounds.
The Suns are a game and a half behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the last playoff spot in the west.
Tomorrow's matchup against the Rockets is tough to predict. The Suns beat the Rockets last week, 113-110, but now they're playing without Nash. It helps that the Rockets sort of suck -- but then again, so do the Suns, especially without their star player.
You can catch that game at 5:30 on My45.