Most every guy in the Phoenix Suns 10-man rotation dives, scrums and leaves everything they've got on the floor. No deficit is too big to overcome. No game is over until the final whistle blows. Down 26 to Cleveland? No problem. Down 10 to Denver? No worries. Down 18 to Chicago? Let's go! What's become a blueprint for this team - get down big, then fight back like a whirling dervish - is both a good thing and a bad thing. The ability to fight back is admirable, but some deficits take too much effort to overcome. By the time you get back to tie it up, your tank is already empty. Goran Dragic, Shannon Brown and Sebastian Telfair all airballed long jumpers in the overtime period. When you couple that with losing your two best big men of the night - Scola fouled out with 24 and 14, Morris left with injury after getting 8 and 10 - you just don't have enough left to close the deal. But all these accolades of effort and scrappiness stops at eight of the ten players in the Suns regular rotation. Paging the heartbeats of Michael Beasley and Jared Dudley - the Suns starting wing players who didn't factor into the comeback attempt last night. More on Beasley in a moment. Jared Dudley is the surprise entrant in the doghouse. The former "Junkyard Dog" and winner of the Majerle Hustle Award has become a watcher. I remember a Jared Dudley that changed games with his level of effort. Back in the spring of 2010 as a member of the bench unit that propelled the Suns to the WCF, Dudley was cited as a catalyst of energy on a second unit that did, basically, the same thing today's second unit is doing. Dudley was the face of Suns hustle.
Phoenix Suns' Michael Beasley and Jared Dudley Must Step Up or Step Down
Bright Side Of The Sun | Nov 15