Though well past the halfway point of the season, the NBA All Star break serves as a signal that the end of the campaign is in sight. For the Golden State Warriors and their fans, the season can’t end soon enough. Highlighted by injuries and framed within the contexts of departed players, the opening of the Chase Center era has been far from auspicious.
And yet, there is a silver lining to all of this. The Warriors were never going to be able to just reload and run it back - not after the sheer amount of departed and injured talent - but this season has refilled the coffers in a way that many didn’t think was going to be possible in such a short period of time.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (12-42) at Phoenix Suns (21-33)
WHERE: Talking Stick Arena, Phoenix, AZ
WHEN: Wednesday February 12, 2020; 6:00 pm PST
WATCH: NBC Sports Bay Area
Blog Buddy: Bright Side of the Sun
Time to shut Looney down for the season?
Plagued with neurological issues that have affected his hips and core, Looney has struggled mightily in his first season working under his newly signed 3-year, $15 million contract. After appearing in the first game of the season, Looney sat out the next 20 games before making a brief return. He played in 10 games but was clearly nowhere near 100% so went right back onto the injury list.
After missing 17 more games, Looney came back on January 30th and looked pretty good - initially. Playing between 10 and 20 minutes per night, he’s looked uneven. Putting up 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in one game; but scoring two points or less in the four others it may be time to honestly ask: should the Warriors just shut him down for the rest of the season?
Kevon Looney questionable against the Suns tomorrow with hip soreness.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 11, 2020
Even as an internet doctor, I’ll admit to this being beyond my (imaginary) expertise. This whole scene sucks for everyone involved. Looney needs to get completely healthy, and from what we’ve seen, and the indications from the team, that is simply not yet the case here.
The Suns - a cautionary tale of mediocrity
Growing up, I absolutely adored the Phoenix Suns. These were the heyday of Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Charles Barkley and Tom Chambers - which made me a pre-built fan when Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire blasted on to the scene. That “7 seconds or less” high firing offense was the predecessor to much of today’s pace and space era of fast-paced offenses that attack in transition, and shoot freely when opportunity appears.
Unfortunately for the Suns - who haven’t seen the playoffs in a decade - those days are long gone. Now, Phoenix finds themselves churning away on the treadmill of the NBA’s lower middle class. Too bad to attract top free agents, but not bad enough to plummet to the cellar of the league, where all the juiciest draft picks are harvested.
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