Good coaching. Good slaughter. On National TV. Sweet. Two bad things though. Boring has heck to watch a 4th quarter like this. Seeing the young kids is no longer a rare treat we only get to see in blowouts. Now its just part of the game. With a 36 point lead at one point in the 3rd, this game was pure snooze material in the 4th quarter. The other problem, as the the 4th was purely garbage time, it was not really much help to our young guys as far as learning the game. Oh well, play the young guys, get a blowout. I guess you have to live with the bad stuff too. What a group of totally clueless national announcers. They complained we played Afflalo and Stuckey too much in the 2nd quarter. Gee, Rip and Billups had boundless energy in the 2nd half. Too bad they let people announce these games that never learned a darn thing about basketball. You do not win a game in the 2nd quarter. Flip did a brilliant job today. He brought in both JMAX and Amir early in the 1st quarter, followed by our young backcourt in the 2nd quarter, and he let them play. Now some details. Hayes had a great shooting night. 17 points or so. Sheed owned the inside. A coach for Phoenix was seen telling Stoudemire that nobody can stop that shot. And nobody could, and Sheed hit one after another, after another, after anohter. A fade this way, a fade that way, a face up. All virtually uncontesed. Shaq was held to pretty much zilch until the game was near blowout range. Stoudemire had his moments, mostly knocking down outside shots. But their best player really, Marion, was nowhere to be seen. Oh, they traded him away. For what? A used up guy named Shaq. Somebody who use to get to cheat all he wanted. Billups had a fine game. Rip hit some shots. Tay hit some shots. Dyess did well shooting, and was quite useful defensively in this one as Shaq does take some muscle to guard. Stuckey had a fine game marred by poor shooting on his part, but most of his misses mattered not one bit as the game was decided already. Afflalo got into the lane and made a jumper for his highlight. Amir was part of a 12-0 run with the starters (no Dyess) to end the 2nd half. JMAX, as always brought a ton of energy. Kind of interesting by the way that we put JMAX and Amir in there by themselves for a while guarding Shaq. Both took turns guarding him. Of course, Amir is too light for such duty, and Flip soon took Amir off the floor, bringing him back a few minutes later with Sheed in the game to do the Shaq duties. Wow. National TV. What many could construe as a big game. But Flip stuck to the youth movement thing. Darn good job. A+ for this game all the way on coaching. I am ecstatic. Championship here we come.