Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries noticed something that many Suns fans – fans in general, actually – may have noticed in the Lakers first game of the season against the Mavericks on opening night: Steve Nash was hardly noticeable half the time, except when the opposition was repeatedly scoring on him.
This is certainly not what we expected when news broke over the summer that Nash was headed to Los Angeles. This is not why Chris Sheridan thought this team would win more than 72 games. It’s safe to say that most of us are accustomed to watching the two-time MVP dominate games by controlling the offense as he sees fit. With so much talent on the team, it was assumed that someone of Nash’s caliber would average 10 assists in his sleep. Certainly, we are seeing that that won’t be the case anytime soon.
Not many took it seriously when this “super team” went through eight games without a single victory in the preseason, and with good reason: Dwight Howard was out half the time as he recovered from back surgery, Kobe Bryant was ailing some with a foot issue, and well, they were simply preseason games. It’s also true, however, that Nash never really looked like he was fully in control of most of those games and that trend has carried into the regular season. This, of course, isn’t to say that Nash is to blame for the team’s first loss of the season. Dwight Howard’s silly-bad free throw shooting was probably the bigger culprit, along with poor chemistry on both ends of the floor in general.
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