Phoenix Suns' Alvin Gentry Perplexed With Team's Performance

By John Raffel

One loss is only one loss, but the Phoenix Suns sustained one humdinger of a setback against the struggling Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday.

The 117-77 NBA loss says it all. The Suns weren’t ready to play, didn’t show up and couldn’t have beaten a college team on this particular night. Coach Alvin Gentry agreed.

“I wish it was an easier way to say this but we sucked in every part of the game,” he said. “There was nothing that we did that you could say was even NCAA quality. This is the first game I can say that I did not think we competed hard and did not try to match their energy level.”

Gentry isn’t about to push the panic button but there is plenty for the Suns coach to worry about in upcoming games.

“We have to find a way to gain consistency in what we are doing,” he said. “We cannot play one night where we play well and then come back the next night and not compete.”

In fairness to the Pistons, they started out 0-8 but have played 5-3 in their last eight games.

“I do not want to take anything away from those guys but they played great,” Gentry said. “They did a great job of sharing the ball. They did a good job of executing their offense but at the end of the day we cannot do what we did to ourselves.”

This is a game the Suns obviously need to forget and not repeat for the rest of the season.

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