PHOENIX For those wondering if the Phoenix Suns' offseason was more of a neat trick than a retreat, Wednesday's season-opening date with Golden State Warriors was scary at times, but not totally creepy.
At least nobody said "boo."
"Do I think we'll get better? Hell, yeah," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said after his team limited the Warriors to 38.4-percent shooting and still managed an 87-85 loss. "I think we'll get much better."
In their first official work shift without Steve Nash, the Suns shot a rim-bruising 40 percent from the field, allowed the brick-heaving Warriors to snag 17 offensive rebounds, fell behind by as many as 17 points, rallied, and surrendered an 8-point, fourth-quarter lead.
"There were a lot of good things, a lot of average things and a lot of things we've got to get better at," Gentry said. "We look like a team that has nine new players. But I feel that we're going to be a good team."
And now, let's take a categorical look at how the Suns did (and didn't)...