The Big 3-0

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You can’t say Robin Lopez hasn’t paid his dues!

Last year as a newcomer he was limited mostly to cameo appearances, and lucky to get those. And toward the end when he did get a few walk-ons you had to look really close to see even a potential second or third banana in the making. And even when he started getting somewhat bigger roles this year nobody exactly hung a star on his locker. About the nicest notices he got grudgingly conceded he “might” have a future as a defensive stopper.
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A Good Sign

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The word for tonight was “good”. Coach Alvin used it five times in the first two minutes of his post game press conference.

It was, he said, a “good” start, a “good” win, a “good” effort overall, a “good” job defensively, and Amare had a really “good” game.

I couldn’t have put it any better myself. But while there was nothing remarkable about beating the talent-challenged Sixers, the surge that has carried the Suns to 10 victories in the last 12 games, lifted them 13 games over .500, and propelled them within striking distance of a two or three seed in the West is QUITE a story.

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Amundson Learns Business Side of Basketball

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How does graduating cum laude in English and philosophy prepare you to be an NBA team’s union rep? According to Suns forward Louis Amundson, not very well. [Read more...]

Suns Stand Pat on STAT, Day 2

Following Friday morning’s shootaround, it was business as usual for the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire.

And by “business as usual,” I mean the All-Star forward was yet again fielding questions about all those trade rumors even a day after the NBA’s trading deadline passed. Of course, this time they were all in the past tense. [Read more...]

VIDEO: Steve Nash in the Skills Competition

Suns Fans, Say Hello to Phoenix

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While Steve Nash and Co. were busy turning the tables on that 18-game TNT losing streak, Brian Ray Siefken and Krysta Manzanarez were pretty much like all the other Suns fans who were tuned into the January 28 game vs. the Mavericks.

The difference? The couple was also welcoming a new bundle of joy into the world at the same time. [Read more...]

Have Suns Surpassed Expectations?

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The Suns have often been very good, rarely bad, and overall better-than-solid.

They are nine games above .500 at 31-22, and own the sixth playoff seed heading into the All-Star break. They have played 28 road games, more than anyone in the Western Conference except Dallas and New Orleans (both have also played 28). Prior to Wednesday’s loss against Portland, the Suns had won a season-high five straight.

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Suns Defense Gives Up Loss to Blazers

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This is not the way it was supposed to be. The way it was supposed to be is the Suns would handily dispose of the short-handed Trail Blazers and roll into the All-Star break 11 games over .500, riding the crest of a six-game winning streak, and feeling very good about themselves.

But the way it WAS is the short-handed, sharp-eyed Blazers shot the lights out and handily disposed of the Suns, thus sending them into the break on a discouraging stumble that reawakened all the doubts (both self and yours) that preceded their five-game winning streak. [Read more...]

Dudley May Land Gig at ESPYs

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Suns forward Jared Dudley, who has maximized his opportunities for more time on the court this season, is also looking to maximize his opportunities off it. The third-year man attended an ESPN gathering with teammate Steve Nash that was used to promote the network’s “30 for 30” documentary series. [Read more...]

Last-Minute Casting Change Nearly Foils Nash's Avatar

Steve Nash, who seems to be grooming himself for a directing career in Hollywood when his basketball career reaches its conclusion, received a glimpse of his possible future when he was forced to corral a video production that was spiraling out of control. [Read more...]