KG Block Party Rocks Phoenix Last NightWolves 103, Suns 101 (in Phoenix)
Thank god for the extra practice on Sunday. If not, the Wolves could have possibly lost every game on their road trip for the first time in a long, long time.
I can't believe that KG's last second block of Shawn Marion's jumper only made it to #2 in NBA TV's top 10 plays of the night. I was so pissed I can't even remember what number 1 was.
"As soon as it left his hand, I got it," said Garnett, brushing aside the notion that it was a close play. "I'm sitting here in front of ya'll with a win." They're still trying to calm down Coach D'Antoni and Phoenix fans who thought it was goaltending. Despite what YaySports says, that block was perfectly legal.
Coach Casey made good on his word/threat and started AC and Mad Dog in place of Griffin and Jaric who sat on the bench the entire game.
"It added a little bit different energy," veteran Trenton Hassell said of the lineup switch. "We were just on. I think a lot of guys shot it with confidence."
"This is a coach's decision, and there's nothing I can do about that," Jaric said of his demotion. He had started the first 46 games this season. "If they think that's going to help this team, then that's probably the thing we're supposed to do. I'm going to be working hard in case they call my name."
T-Hud was not at the game last night because of ankle problems that have been plaguing him for weeks. No time has been set for his return.
Casey says that Tskitishvili will have more success with the Suns than he did the Wolves:
"Steve Nash will make his job easier, just like he did for Boris Diaw," Casey said. "Skita is athletic and can run the floor. All he's got to do is catch and lay it in."
Casey has talked to rookie McCants about acting more "professional" (i.e., not trash talking or acting too chummy with opponents) during games. Still he says, "he's much, much better than he was. His approach, his work habits."
Fred Hoiberg received "positive feedback" from a doctor on Monday regarding a possible return to the league but still hasn't made up his mind. Hoiberg will have another CT scan this Friday at the Mayo Clinic as well as meet with a pacemaker specialist. In the meantime, his agent has been trying to see if there's any interest from various teams for Hoiberg.
The next game is this Wednesday at the Target Center against King James and the Cavaliers.