Welcoming J-Rich to the Valley

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(Rocky Widner/NBAE Photos/Getty Images)

Hey, Suns fans. I had some time in between ballgames today and just wanted to check in following a tough loss last night in Los Angeles. We were obviously short-handed for the contest following the trade and while I’m not somebody who really believes in moral victories, I was glad to see us out there fighting hard to the end. The bottom line is we still came up a little bit short, but we again showed improvement and I definitely think we’re continuing to take steps in the right direction.

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STAT Stuffer

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(NBAE Photos/Getty Images)

What a thrill it was to call and experience the most recent masterpiece by Amar’e.  His 49 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 5 steal “instant classic” against the Pacers on Wednesday will be talked about for years to come.

The crescendo came when Stoudemire “YouTubed” Jeff Foster and then laughed off the weak attempt by Travis Diener to bait him into a confrontation. [Read more...]

Amarediculous

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(Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images)

If there has ever been a more dominating performance by a Suns’ player than Amar’e Stoudemire’s last night at Conseco Fieldhouse, I’d like to see it.  I saw Tom Chambers light up his former Seattle teammates for 60 points in 1990 (and Golden State for 56 a couple weeks prior).  I watched Sir Charles destroy the Warriors with 56 in a playoff series-clinching win in 1994.  I saw Tony Delk and Clifford Robinson each drop 50 on a hot night.  I’ve remember our own Eddie Johnson lighting up the Clippers for 43 in the 2nd half at the LA Sports Arena.  And with all due respect to those players and their outstanding efforts, what STAT did to the Indiana Pacers last night was the most impressive and dominant individual offensive performance in Phoenix Suns history – maybe Arizona sports history. [Read more...]

By the Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs Indiana Pacers

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The Indiana Pacers had the Phoenix Suns in their clutches for the first 2.5 quarters on Wednesday night.  Then the Suns decided that they were going to stop taking as many three-point shots as they did in the first half and also ratcheted up the defense.  That combination surprised the Pacers so much they couldn’t keep their lead and when the Suns finally went ahead, they didn’t give it up again.

But despite the big comeback the Suns had in the game, the main story on Wednesday night was Amar’e Stoudemire.  Because of the game he had, this “By the Numbers” is dedicated to STAT. [Read more...]

There's Good News and There's Bad News…

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

It’s good news/bad news time already.

I realize some of you are saying it’s awfully early to break out the old BN/GN bromide to cure a headache,  and those who aren’t saying that are grumbling, “What GOOD news?”  But in the current philosophical idiom in sports it is what it is. So… [Read more...]

By the Numbers: Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs

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(D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)

The NBA Championship is not won with just one win.

I knew what I wanted to talk about before the game even started this evening.  If the Suns had lost, my first sentence would have been “The sky is not falling with just one loss.”  Coach Porter, the Suns front office and the players have all said that this team is a work in progress.  The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili in this game.  And now that Coach Porter’s new schemes are out “in the wild,” opponents will find ways to stop the team’s set plays. [Read more...]

Pre-season is Over; Now for the Real Test

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(Barry Gossage/NBAE/ Getty Images)

So, the mercifully short pre-season preparation for the regular season is over, and the interminably long regular season preparation for the post-season will officially get underway in San Antonio this Wednesday.

And frankly, I can hardly wait. For the post-season, I mean. I say this because we won’t know for sure until then whether Year One of going back to thinking INSIDE the box after four years of exhilarating – albeit ultimately somewhat unfulfilling – thinking outside the box, will work or not. [Read more...]

Suns Work Overtime Against Charlotte

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I began writing this blog post about the Suns versus Charlotte game at halftime on Monday night. I thought I was getting a head start on my postgame work but little did I know the game wasn’t even half-over at that point. I’ve heard it said that “Game Seven” are the two most exciting words in sports but the most exciting four words would have to be: “double overtime preseason game”.
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The Great Outdoors

Well after much anticipation, the outdoor game at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden between us and the Denver Nuggets is finally in the books. Not the results we were looking for (in case you didn’t catch it on TNT, we lost), but definitely an experience I’ll remember.

It was unique, different and heading in we had no idea what to expect. Got a little colder than we thought it would get out here. When we took the court this evening for shootaround, me and the guys were kind of hoping that as fans made their way into the building things would warm up a bit. That didn’t end up being the case, unfortunately. It was chilly out there at certain points and the wind definitely played a factor. Overall it was an exciting experience and definitely different than anything I’d ever been involved in. [Read more...]

First game gives both questions and answers

In the wake of the coaching merry-go-round that spun Coach Mike off to New York, both General Manager Steve Kerr and Coach Terry Porter vowed these Suns would be different.  And one of the few things we could get out of last night’s game was that that promise is being kept.

These Suns are indeed “different”. [Read more...]