hawthorn  22.11.2010 09:46:20

Field Goal

We better rethink who we are, and we better start playing hard, and we better start competing," Gentry said.The Suns have faced 10 playoff teams in 13 games and are playing their seventh game in the past 11 days Monday. But after three consecutive blowout losses, ending this trip with a win seems paramount, especially against a 3-9 Houston team missing stars Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks."You don't want to push the panic button, but you definitely want to get a win," said Hill, whose team did not practice Sunday. "I've used the analogy: If you're not shooting the ball, get to the free-throw line and see the ball through the basket. We need to get a win and get that winning feeling back. We need to know the formula is to compete at both ends of the cone crusher court.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Knicks director of East Coast scouting Rodney Heard may have circumvented league rules by "conducting secret workouts of collegiate players throughout gymnasiums in suburban Atlanta" over the past four years. Wojnarowski writes that, according to three players involved in some of the workouts, Heard "coordinated and conducted Gold ore crusher the sessions," including one, apparently held in violation of league rules, at which Brandon Rush tore his ACL, forcing him to withdraw from the 2007 draft.

League bylaws forbade teams from working out players prior to the league's pre-draft camp.Wojnarowski also writes that, according to league sources with knowledge of the workouts, Heard trained Wilson Chandler for multiple weeks before the Knicks drafted him with Sandstone crusherthe 23rd pick in 2007. Heard denied involvement in any of the workouts described by Wojnarowski. The league, through a spokesperson, declined to comment.

The Suns can be offended all they want, but facing the truth would be a good first step. It is what happened last season when Dallas' Jason Terry said on TNT during a Mavericks-Suns game that the Suns "are not very good defensively." Claiming they were inspired by that comment, the Suns went 30-8 the rest of the season and limited opponents to 44 percent shooting.ut the Suns' best defensive field-goal percentage season (45.2) since 2004-05 did not have a lasting carryover. The addition of forward Hedo Turkoglu and other individuals' coal mining equipment drop-offs have turned the Suns into arguably the NBA's worst defense. They entered Sunday as the second-worst scoring defense (109.0) to Minnesota and were tied with Sacramento for the worst defensive field-goal percentage (48.9).

The Suns have allowed 55.5 percent shooting during the three-game losing streak, dropping to 6-7 after optimism had grown from beating the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets on consecutive nights."I didn't think gyratory crusher we played with any kind of desperation," Gentry said. "We can't use the fact that Steve's out as an excuse. We've still got 12 guys on our team that have to play hard, and we didn't do that."It's a ton of things going on. When they just pass twice and lay it in the basket and we're supposed to be switching and we leave guys for wide-open 3s when they just made one, there's no excuse for that."



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