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This was every bit as easy for Pau as
Harsh assessment? Perhaps. But not only weren't we alone, the privilege of criticizing Amare's D felt like taking a number for a deli sandwich. Gotta get in line and wait your turn. Below the jump is just a sampling of what was flying around Twitter and ESPN's Daily Dime chat. And I emphasize this is truly just a sampling. Plenty more was out there, but a hard target search of this magnitude would have been downright exhausting.
Even more striking than the volume of comments was how they arrived in furious unison. Like a ton of bricks. Defense often goes overlooked in favor of the game's flashier side, particularly for an All-Star of Stoudemire's explosiveness and athleticism. The guy is capable of putting on quite the show while masking this deficiency.
Sometimes, however, the D is so bad, a group mind decides it simply can't go ignored.
@BQRMagic: Collins says the Lakers will have Pau "go to work" again. Is it "work" if it doesn't take any effort?
@BQRMagic:Pau Gasol is conducting a layup drill. Assistant coaches with padding offer more resistance in pregame warmups than Phoenix is
@forumblueandgold:Amar'e isn't fighting around the post. He's standing tall when Pau faces up. He's doing everything wrong on D.
Michael Schwartz (Valley of the Suns/TrueHoop Network): It's funny, Amare would have been better off if the Suns lost to the Spurs in 7.
@latmedina: It's amazing to see Amare play horrible defense in real time.
@jemelehill:So if Lamar Odom was "lucky" in Game 1, then Pau Gasol must be a sorcerer
Comment from Amare Stou*amire: You think I should change my name? There's a "d" in it..
Comment from AtlJoe: Zach, Amar'e's not boxing out, not making shots, not attacking the basket, and is horrible on defense. When did he start playing for the Warriors?
@RicBucher: Please send sympathy tweets to my friend/colleague Chris Broussard. This week's debate is on Amare's max-deal worthiness. He was in favor.