Gilmartin: Ouch!

by Jeramie McPeek
VP, Digital
By Joe Gilmartin, Suns.com
Posted: March 25, 2011

This really hurts! And I’m not just talking about Marcin Gortat’s broken nose, although that was not only the most painful part of the loss, but arguably the main cause of it.

The Suns were in a fight for their playoff lives even before he went down late in the third period, but at least they were winning the fight. But with their main inside presence gone it became basically a different game.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if that was the only hole his absence left, but with the Suns’ forced to concentrate on patching it, Chris Paul had much more freedom to do the two things he does about as well as any point guard in the league--- create and score.

If nothing else the loss demonstrated just how important Gortat has been to this since coming over from Orlando Not only has he put up big numbers, but he has given the team a little bit of attitude, a commodity that has been somewhat scarce in these parts.

Moving right along, the Suns got 65 points from their bench, hit 9 of their first 11 threes, and pretty much held their own on the boards )although while they almost won that war they lost almost every key battle down the stretch with their best board man out) shot 50 per cent from the field, and blocked nine shots – the kind of numbers that can usually be crunched into a “W”.

But on the other hand, they also got a double donut out of two of their starters, and Steve Nash was 1 for 9 from the field (a number that usually raises fears he is hurting a lot more than he lets on). And the Hornets, who by the way have lost the services of leading scorer David West for the season (ACL), took 16 more shots, and got 19 from West’s replacement, Carl Landry.

The bottom line: What else? Ouch!!!!