Suns' Dudley: Warriors self-coaching was disrespectful, but 'we don't deserve respect'

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Jared Dudley #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts to a foul call during the second half of the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-92.
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The Phoenix Suns weren't thrilled that the Golden State Warriors coaching staff handed play-calling duties over to their players on Monday night.

But, as one of the Suns' few old heads pointed out, losing to those player-coached Warriors by 46 points, five days after losing to the San Antonio Spurs by 48, won't convince the rest of the league to pay them much deference.

"It shows a lack of respect for an opponent, and maybe right now, we don’t deserve respect," Suns forward Jared Dudley told ESPN's Chris Haynes after the game. "When you keep getting beat by 40, teams won’t respect you. But it's up to us to change that."

The loss was the Suns' sixth straight and their 14th in their last 16 games. They now rank 29th in the NBA in offense and 30th in defense. They've shown few signs of reversing the skid anytime soon, especially with the Utah Jazz - winners of 10 straight games - up next on the schedule.