PHOENIX SUNS

Suns can’t live by the 3-pointer any longer

Jan 28, 2011, 3:33 AM | Updated: 5:10 am

PHOENIX – Wednesday’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats brought something to the attention of the Phoenix Suns: they can’t always win by the 3-pointer.

It used to be that if the Suns were hitting their shots from behind the arc they were nearly unbeatable. When they missed their 3’s, they were in trouble. Now whether they hit or miss from long-range, the Suns are having trouble winning games.

The Suns 16 3-pointers against Charlotte was the second most they’ve made this season and the fourth time they’ve lost a game in which they’ve hit double-digit 3-pointers.

“We have to find a way to be able to throw the ball inside some and either score inside or get fouled,” Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’ve got to be able to drive the ball to the basket some.”

Suns point guard Steve Nash, who hit all four of his 3-pointers in the loss, agreed with his coach.

“When are shots aren’t falling we definitely need to try to get to the paint and create some other opportunities, whether it’s at the free throw line or kickouts or just breaking down the defense.”

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