Friday, February 20, 2009

Stoudemire out with injured eye

All the excitement from the run n' gun blowouts is now tempered with a bit a bad news. Amare had to have surgery for a partially detached retina and will miss up eight weeks. During his monster 42-point game against the Clippers, Amare appeared to have hurt the eye defending Al Thornton on a dunk attempt when Thornton hit him in the face with his left hand.

I think we'll definitely see a return of the goggles when Amare returns. However a return this year means the Sun have to make the playoffs. Good thing they didn't trade Shaq yesterday. The bench will have to step up to replace the production but Amare was one of the Suns matchup advantages especially in the SSOL offense. Let's see if they nab a big like Mikki Moore who was waived or if Courtney Sims actually dresses for the team now.



At 10:21 AM, Blogger Basketbawful said...

I want to go drink until I can't feel feelings anymore.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Hersey said...

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."

My optimism is partially detached. I'm hoping the graybeards and the Golden State castoffs step their game up.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basketbawful, that was pretty funny.

What's wrong with Grant Hill lately? His game has disappeared. If he's hurt or tired, Barnes should start. --Josh

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone want to discuss the NBA draft? I looked at the prospects, and concluded that it's a weak draft. Unless the Suns want to do something like trading Amare Stoudemire to the Kings or Grizzlies to get the #1 pick (almost certainly Blake Griffin), I wouldn't mind if they traded their pick for a pick next year, hoping it will be a deeper draft.
Griffin hardly sounds like one-in-a-million; I just notice he sounds quite different from Amare Stoudemire--not a good defender either, but more of a banger. I like James Harden, Gerald Henderson, and Darren Collison--good defenders. Otherwise, the draft makes me yawn. --Josh

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Hersey said...

Hill is battling a nerve injury in his foot.

Doubt that the team wants to cut payroll, they'll probably start keeping picks.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell--not again. Hill shouldn't be playing, unless rest won't help the nerve injury heal.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

What terrible luck, let's hope all this bad luck they've been saving up the past few years turns into a ton of good luck soon!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Hersey said...

Turning this thing around quick would take some good luck. If the Suns miss the playoffs, they would most likely have the best record of nonplayoff teams. Which means if they don't get the 14th pick, the pick would then be guaranteed to be in the top three. That would take some serious luck. 1.8% chance of that happening. If that happened, would Amare and Blake Griffin get it done?

As fun as they past few years were, I think boring basketball and a losing yet cost-effective team is in our near future. I hope this team gives us a few good memories before they are disassembled.

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Suns will miss the playoffs, through no fault of their own. They're winning, but so are the teams vying for the seventh and eighth spots--Utah and Dallas both won. They have to lose more than the Suns win. --Josh

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 26: Halfway through the third quarter against the Lakers, I'm tired and I'm bitter. The Suns' performance makes me sick almost as much as the noxious Lakers do. I'm not sure I want to watch the rest of the season. Goodbye.


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