Tag:Marcin Gortat
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:55 pm

Report Card: Jazz keep rolling

Posted by Royce Young

Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments.

Utah Jazz

Ever so quietly the Utah Jazz have climbed to second in the rough Northwest Division and they haven't done it by beating up on average teams anymore. Sunday, the Jazz topped a rested Nuggets squad on the road and did it by simply outplaying Denver in the second half. The Jazz aren't constructed with big names or go-to players, but with guys like Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and the steady rise of Gordon Hayward, Utah isn't a team that's just going to be pushed over. With spots open at the back end of the West, it's time to start taking the Jazz seriously.

Greg Monroe

It was pretty obvious that Monroe had a serious amount of talent when the Pistons drafted him out of Georgetown. But the Pistons might have found a legit building block player. Detroit lost at home to the Warriors and are mostly terrible, but Monroe continues to be a bright spot. With 25 points and eight boards Sunday, Monroe becoming one of the East's best bigs.

Marcin Gortat

Got to give it up to the Polish Hammer for 24 points and 15 boards in a losing effort. He's been a little bit of a bright spot for the up-and-down Suns so far this season and while Phoenix isn't going anywhere and Gortat isn't going to be All-Star material any time soon, to have that kind of line against a guy like Tim Duncan is a nice achievement.

Danilo Gallinari

Sometimes I don't really get Gallo. He's clearly one of the Nuggets' top offensive weapons and yet he sometimes just appears totally content to become background noise in their offense. With his shooting ability and the way he can create matchup issues, he should not be just attempting six shots in a game. The 12 free throws were good, but Gallinari has to show a more consistent amount of assertiveness.

Detroit Pistons

They just aren't good. The Warriors walked in and picked up their first road win of the year at The Palace and the Pistons obviously were without many answers. That roster is such a complete mess of veteran players mixed with youth that I don't know what to make of it. It's so caught between that it's torturing. Just blow it apart, let the kids play and forget about it. You're losing anyway.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:38 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:44 am

Steve Nash playing with bruised rib

By Matt Moore

Steve Nash is nursing a bruised rib he sustained against the New Orleans Hornets, which has affected his mobility and shot-making, according to the Arizona Republic.

Nash injured the rib in a collision with point guard Greivis Vasquez last week, and it's impacted him in just about every phase of the game. Nash is playing through it, but admits:
"It's like I'm holding my breath a lot," Nash said. "I'm tired a lot. I'm bracing. It's not fun.

"It's definitely affected my shot and mobility."
via Suns' Steve Nash nursing a bruised rib.

Shot-makng in particular has suffered, not just for Nash, but the entire Suns team, the Republic notes, as the Suns are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. For an offense-mostly team, that's just not going to cut it.

The problems extend far from there, though. Marcin Gortat has been fine, but will never be a focal point of an offense. Grant Hill has too many miles on him to carry the load, and no other Sun has or can step up. It's really all on Nash, and the burden is literally too much for him.

The Suns are in freefall right now, and Nash can't grab on to anything to pull them back up because he has one hand on an injured rib.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:41 am

Marcin Gortat says he and Robin Lopez are cool

By Matt Moore

Marcin Gotat made some comments last month about Robin Lopez which gave the distinct impression that he and younger LoBro don't get along. The conflict was over the first Gortat was in Phoenix when Lopez, according to Gortat, didn't give him the right instructions on whether practice was on the court or in the film room. Gortat got yelled at and wasn't too happy about it. In the Arizona Republic this week, Gortat wanted to clear the air on the subject. 
"There's no argument between me and him," Gortat said, feeling as though there was backlash to his comments. "The stuff that came out with what I said at the camp was just the first contact with Robin. I don't think there was any problem between me and him. Whatever happened didn't have any impact on me or on him.


"Robin is a player who's (been) longer with this team right now in Phoenix so he's got his own respect and he's got his own problems also. I'm definitely looking forward to playing with him next year."
via Catching up with Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat.

Gortat's comments were originally taken from a tour in Poland, so it's entirely problem the issue was just lost in translation, or at least the tone.  But this seems more like damage control. Gortat talking about taking Lopez' job, then saying everythin's fine just doesn't seem right. Gortat wasn't too comfortable with a reserve role in Orlando; it's clear he wants to be the guy down low. Lopez and he may not be mortal enemies, but they're far from bosom buddies.

That said, we don't know what Gortat's feelings are, so we should take this at face value. It's enough that Gortat voluntarily borught up the subject in order to clear the air. That's more than most players would do.  
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:50 am

There's bad blood between Lopez and Gortat

By Matt Moore

It's not unusual for NBA players to dislike one another. While it's a fraternity of sorts and in general, everyone gets along fine, it's like anything else in life. Some personalities just don't fit well together. It's more rare to hear about a problem between teammates, though. But apparently Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez got off to a bad start when Gortat arrived in Phoenix, and things have never improved. From SBNation Arizona:
Marcin said that on his first day in Phoenix he asked Robin if practice started on the court or with a video session. Robin told Marcin that he didn't know so Gortat went to the gym while Lopez went to watch video. According to Gortat, a coach came to get him and asked why he was late and Marcin said that he had asked Robin and was told he didn't know where practice was starting. The coach said everyone knew where they were supposed to be. Marcin took that as a sign of where things stood between himself and Lopez.
via Marcin Gortat's Polish Tour Includes Dogging Robin Lopez And Bad Tennis - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona.

Gortat went on to talk about how Lopez did not seize the opportunity afforded to him by the departure of Amar'e Stoudemire to solidify himself as the Suns' big man. Ouch. 

Gortat backed up his talk with Phoenix last year, averaging 15.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. Lopez' scoring and rebounding were lower per 36, and he lost the faith of the coaching staff after returning from injury. Whenever basketball is to be played again and moves are available, don't be surprised to see Lopez shopped, as Alvin Gentry has expressed significant frustration with him recently

Lopez may simply have been poorly suited for the Suns' up and down game, as his raw tangibles seem to still hold upside. It's a buyers market for centers in this league, so a move might be the best for all parties.

Certainly Marcin Gortat, apparently.  
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 2:05 pm

Suns say their D will improve. No, really.

Posted by Matt Moore

The Suns defense is mocked. It's considered a joke, and whenever any 30-second analysis of the Suns is brought up, inevitably someone throws out how they "don't play defense" and how they'll never win because of it. It's easy. It's digestible for the common fan, which if fine. But it's ridiculously short-sighted.  

The Suns' success, which has been considerable over the past ten years, has been predicated by their fast-pace system. That system requires a number of things that go contrary to traditional defensive values. Instead of crashing the defensive glass, they leak out in transition for offensive buckets. Instead of committing to players who can attack defensively at the rim, they employ players who can hit threes from the low positions (like Channing Frye). And their maestro, Steve Nash, has a back condition that physically limits him from being able to adequately defend. So while the Suns do suffer defensively and much of their basic execution of principles is lacking, it's not really as simple as "the Suns need to try harder on defense."

Nonetheless, the Suns have shown a legit commitment to improving on that side of the ball. They've hired Elston Turner to turn things around. The Arizona Republic spoke with Turner about his goals: 
Turner agreed to a two-year contract to be the Suns "defensive coordinator," an assistant-coaching position being added to a full staff to improve last season's defense, which was ranked 26th in the NBA last year, and league-worst rebounding.

With full empowerment to lay out a strategy, Turner has some film to study. But it is clear the annual goal to improve the defense has teeth this time, with a commitment to 40-minute defensive sessions to be run by Turner during each practice.
via Phoenix Suns Elston Turner confident about defense.

Turner noted that Nash isn't an excessive problem any more so than most point guards in the league, and that Marcin Gortat can be the enforcer at the rim they need.

But at what point is Turner's work going to be in contrast to what the Suns do offensively? The Suns are in need of a rebuilding effort in their personnel, and maybe that would be the best time to invest more in defense. But as long as they're trying to continue the offensive success they've had in this era, they'll be limited in what they can do defensively. Turner's battle isn't just a strategic one, it's a philosophical one.
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 8:56 pm

Blake Griffin vicious dunk on Marcin Gortat video

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin does it again, but gets called for a charge. Posted by Ben Golliver. blake-griffin-marcin-gortat

Absolutely no one could forget when Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin used New York Knicks center Timofey Mozgov as a launching pad, hurtling himself up and over Mozgov to throw down a volleyball style spike dunk that was replayed ad nauseum for months. Really, it was the moment Griffin arrived as an NBA player.

Guess what? He did it again. Almost. 

With the Phoenix Suns leading 97-84 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin slipped a high screen and roll with point guard Mo Williams at the top of the key. Cutting straight down the middle of the paint Griffin gathered himself as Suns center Marcin Gortat slid over near the protected circle. Griffin leaped without hesitation, using his left arm to boost himself well over Gortat and getting his right arm well, well above the rim. 

Griffin then flung the ball down towards the basket with maximum force, looking much like Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during his Superman NBA Slam Dunk contest dunk. The ball went through the hoop but the baseline referee whistled Griffin for a charge, much to his surprise and dismay. 

Upon video replay, Gortat appears to have his heels off the ground and his toes outside the protected circle, so the call wasn't horrendous. Still, it robbed Griffin of another amazing highlight to add to his seemingly endless reel.

Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user GetBangedOn.

And here's Griffin's dunk over Mozgov for good measure courtesy of YouTube user NBA.

The Suns defeated the Clippers in Los Angeles, 108-99.
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: January 29, 2011 1:27 am

Kevin Garnett ejected after dirty play on Frye

Video of Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett getting ejected after a dirty play on Phoenix Suns big man Channing Frye. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Phoenix Suns were leading the Boston Celtics, 80-69, with roughly four minutes to go in the fourth quarter down in the desert, when all heck broke loose. It all started when Phoenix Suns big man Channing Frye attempted a three-pointer, and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett closed out to defend. As part of the close out, Garnett extended his right hand and contacted Frye fairly lightly in the genital region, and he also slid his right foot underneath Frye, causing Frye's left foot to come down on Garnett's right foot, which led to an awkward landing.

Frye came to the ground without twisting his ankle too badly and initially doubled over in pain, clutching his groin. Soon after, though, Frye got up and got directly into Garnett's face, as Garnett pretended like he didn't know what had happened and why he had been whistled for a foul. Frye clearly took issue with Garnett's action and yelled at him directly, and the two players touched foreheads as they jostled. Suns big man Marcin Gortat and official Steve Javie tried to act as intermediaries to break up the scuffle, but the scrum quickly grew in numbers as members of both teams got in on the pushing and shoving action.

Here's video that shows the post-foul scrum and then multiple replays from different angles of Garnett's foul on Frye.

After everyone settled down, the officials engaged in a lengthy review. The result: Garnett was whistled for a foul on the play, a double technical was called on Garnett and Frye, and then Garnett was issued a second technical foul and was ejected. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and Celtics guard Nate Robinson were also assessed technical fouls for their roles in the scrum.

The official explanation for Garnett's ejection: he was assessed the first technical for his initial actions in scuffling with Frye and the second technical was for continuing to jaw after the fact.

The Suns held on to close out the home win over the Celtics, 88-71.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:09 pm

Video: Fantasy hoops waiver wire pickup picks

CBSSports.com is back with another episode of fantasy hoops analysis, focusing this week on who you might pick up off of the waiver wire. Posted by Ben Golliver.

CBSSports.com's Sergio Gonzalez is the go-to guy for fantasy hoops advice. This week, in an interview with Lauren Shehadi, Gonzalez lists which centers or center-eligible big men might be available on your league's waiver wire and should be considered for a pick up. Just click here or watch the video below.

Gonzalez listed Denver Pistons big man Greg Monroe, Sacramento Kings big man Jason Thompson, Phoenix Suns big man Marcin Gortat, San Antonio Spurs big man DeJuan Blair

Also this week, Gonzalez and Shehadi break down who you should start and sit in your fantasy lineups
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