NBAtipoff: How would you assess the Suns recent play, they've gone 5-5 in the last 10 games.
Ben: In a word - mediocre; and we're lucky that we went .500 in that stretch.
NBAtipoff: You recently made an argument for the Suns to switch to the triangle offense. I feel their defense needs work. What can they do to be more consistent defensively?
Ben: Well, our defense has been better the past couple games in Atlanta and Washington, but it's all about knowing which gaps to fill and anticipating rather than reacting. The Suns have largely been a reactive team on defense the past few years and that was something Porter wanted to change this year.
NBAtipoff: What's the best piece or skill on the Suns team that is not used? Why is it not used?
Ben: Great question. I think at the beginning of the season, our best piece/skill was certainly not being used, and that was allowing Nash the freedom to create.
NBAtipoff: Exactly what style are the Suns playing? I think it's a mix or running and half-court execution, but is there more to it?
Ben: That's pretty much it. However, the reason I called for the triangle (even though it will never happen) is because our offense becomes so stale after a while of just running set plays. I see hints of a set motion offense but we get caught up in where the ball "should" go rather than just looking for the open man.
NBAtipoff: 52% of the Suns shots come within 11-20 seconds of shot clock use, how do you think this fits into the style the Suns want to play?
NBAtipoff: Amare has been a little inconsistent when I've seen him, what's going to put him over the hump and get him playing well about 95% of the time?
Ben: I've been a huge critic of Amare this year.
All in all, I think it will just take time for Amare to find his niche in the offense. It's clear that he isn't the focal point we thought he'd be, but we do need his energy and determination to go anywhere in the playoffs.
NBAtipoff: You are liveblogging the Suns game with Suns and Spurs bloggers! Is there going to be a virtual flagrant foul tally someone will have to keep track of?
NBAtipoff: How will the Suns play this season translate to the second half of the season?
NBAtipoff: How far can they get into the playoffs? What piece could they add to help them?
Yes, the Lakers have established themselves as a clear favorite in the West. But do you really think that the Jazz couldn't knock them off if they played well? The Rockets? The Spurs? Any one of those teams could start playing well at the right time and take the series.
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