Thursday, April 06, 2006

Nash Running Out of Gas?

I love watching Steve Nash and the Suns play basketball. I would like nothing more than to see them stomp the Lakers in the first round, run past Denver in the second, and then boot the Spurs out of the playoffs. A Pistons-Suns Final would be fantastic for the NBA. However, the chances of any of that happening (let alone all of it) are diminishing every day. They have lost eight of their last 15 games and six of the past 10, including four by more than 14 points. Marion's play (particularly his shooting) has tailed off, guys like James Jones and Tim Thomas are struggling, and Raja Bell looks like he's out there shaving points half the time. More than anything, Nash looks beat. He had only nine points and five assists against the Clippers tonight while shooting 4-for-11 from the field and committing five turnovers while Shaun Livingston torched him on the other end. Over his last five games, his 14/9/3 numbers look more like a good stretch for Carlos Arroyo than the type of stats we're used to seeing from the prohibitive favorite to win a second straight MVP award. Which begs the question: is Nash losing his hold on the MVP award? His recent cold stretch is certainly opening the door for the likes of Dirk, Wade, and even LeBron. It should be interesting to see if Nash and the Suns can rebound in time to save what looked like a glorious season.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gotta give the MVP to LeBron at this point. He's playing out of his mind.