Barbosa Suffers Sprained Ankle

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(Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images)

It looks as if the Brazilian Blur is going to remain a visible fixture on the Suns bench the next two games after spraining his left ankle Sunday against Toronto. [Read more...]

Suns Give Many Reasons to Be Thankful

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(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

I’m thankful I get to watch Amar’e Stoudemire play basketball.

I’m thankful Steve Nash is having as fabulous of a season as he did in either of his back-to-back MVP seasons. And yes, he’s 35.

I’m thankful the Suns have returned to their up-tempo style, originally instituted by former coach Mike D’Antoni and seemingly being shifted into an even higher gear by Alvin Gentry.

I’m thankful Gentry is the coach of the Suns, that the Suns are led by an intelligent man who not only understands the Xs and Os of basketball, but how to manage professional athletes. I’m thankful that the players appear to thoroughly enjoy playing for their coach. [Read more...]

Win Streak at Home Continues

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Watching the Suns celebrate Thanksgiving a day early by gorging themselves on turkey, the question that naturally came to mind was: Has their home schedule been front-loaded with stiffs, or are the Suns simply so good they just make it seem that way?

The answer probably is “somewhere in between.” (Don’t you just hate wishy-washy answers like that?)

Two things we do know for sure: One, the teams the Suns have faced here in their 6-0 start are a combined of 30-61, and two, the Suns’ average margin of victory has been a misleadingly low 13.6 points. [Read more...]

Tucker Keeps Perspective

Tucker knew that going negative would never take him anywhere.
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A lot of professional athletes catch a bad rap for not appreciating where they came from and what they’re doing. Those athletes aren’t Alando Tucker. Despite all the excuses in the world to turn negative while growing up, Tucker refrained. Now after not having the option his contract picked up by the Suns and receiving very little playing time, the former Big Ten Player of the Year still remains positive that brighter days lie ahead in his latest blog. [Read more...]

Suns Are Showing They Are the Real Deal

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So maybe the Pistons are injury-depleted, offensively challenged, and road-weary.

Okay, there’s no maybe about it.

But those caveats aside, you still had to be impressed with just about every phase of this performance by the Suns. They moved the ball well, they shot it well, they defended energetically, and in general they did exactly what you’re supposed to do against an injury-depleted, offensively challenged, and road-weary opponent.

Not only that, but Coach Alvin was able to rest his starters almost all of the fourth period, and his bench dominated almost as much as the starters. And he had to be particularly impressed by the play of backup point guard Goran Dragic. This is a position that is almost always mentioned as a weakness for the Suns, but Drajic continues to improve in the two areas he needs the most work—judgment and confidence.

The Suns have looked so unexpectedly good coming out of the gate that many citizens on Planet Orange are starting to pinch themselves to make sure they’re not dreaming, or alternatively, getting too giddy too soon.

Indeed, as a defense against such feelings they are looking for clouds in their silver lining–  deceptively easy schedule, rebounding and defensive shortcomings that will eventually bring them down to their pre-assigned slot in the West, i.e., 8th, etc., etc.

But be of good cheer. The team’s fast start is not THAT misleading. Translation: You can confidently believe quite a bit of what you see, and add some bonus faith for the way the players have bonded with each other, their coach, and the system.

A month ago there was absolutely no reason to think title, and frankly there still isn’t. But on the basis of the admittedly small sample we’ve seen so far there’s e every reason to think third or fourth seed. Maybe even a second if you’re of glass-half-full persuasion.

The bottom line: Suns fans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Five Notes: Suns vs Pistons


The Suns put away the Pistons on Sunday night and here are five notes about the Suns 11th win of the season…

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Newsroom Notes: Suns @ Hornets


The Suns suffered their third loss of the season at the shorthanded hands of the Hornets on Thursday night and here are five notes from the game that you should know…

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Fast Start and Early Season Surprises


Even when the Suns aren’t great, they have still been pretty good. That’s something the Suns and their fans can say for certain after this feel-good of a 9-2 start.

Take Sunday’s 101-100 victory over visiting Toronto. The Suns looked flat in shooting just less than 45 percent from the field (and they only reason their percentage was that good was because Amar’e Stoudemire was 10-of-15). They were a little stagnant on offense — at least, they were compared to what we’ve grown accustomed to. Their defense was so-so.

Yet they won. They displayed a winning mentality. They overcame some adversity and showed that, hey, we’re not just gonna go away. [Read more...]

Several Players Get Credit For Win Against Raptors

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Suns didn’t shoot particularly well, but they made the shots they had to make, and, just as significantly, made the stops that had to be made to escape with their 13th straight home victory over a two-season span and 11th straight over the Raptors over a six-year span.

Oh, and might as well get this one in while we still can – the Suns have the best record in the entire NBA!

But it was far from easy. [Read more...]

Superfan vs. Megafan

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(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

So, having lived in LA for nearly 15 years, it was inevitable I’d make some friends here, and it was inevitable some of them would be Laker fans. One of them is one of my best pals, Hoopler. We get along great…except when it comes to basketball. He is, quite simply, the most obnoxious Laker fan in the world. Everything every other team has, the Lakers have done it bigger or better. In fact, when he heard I’d gotten the tag “Superfan” on, he instantly dubbed himself “Megafan,” even though he has no relationship to the Lakers and doesn’t write a blog. Actually, he doesn’t have a computer at all, as he spends all his spare time watching old DVDs of “Showtime” era games while wearing his Vlade Divac footie pajamas. [Read more...]