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Posted on: February 3, 2009 11:38 am
Edited on: February 3, 2009 11:40 am
 

Suns/Kings: This Blowout Means Nothing!

Phoenix Suns logoThe Suns demolished the Kings Monday night in an easy victory, 129-81.  This was the largest margin of victory at the Suns arena.  PHX was up by 50 pts at the end of the 3rd quarter, so the starters did not need to play the 4th and the bench maintained the lead until the end.

PHX was led by Jason Richardson (24), Stoudemire (25) and Hill (14) points, respectively.  We dominated on the boards for once, 59-35 - not even close.  No Suns player had more than 9 rebounds, so it was a total team effort.

The team had reportedly participated in several closed-door meetings over the weekend after a demoralizing home loss to the (weak) Chicago Bulls.  Not sure what was said, but the effort displayed tonight showed that the players mean business (i guess). 

Let's just hope this is the start of a turnaround and not just a one-game fluke.

Posted on: December 15, 2008 5:18 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:23 pm
 

Suns V. Knicks: D'Antoni's Revenge?

Phoenix Suns logoFresh off the trade for Jason Richardson and a victory over the Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns are set to face off against former coach Mike D'Antoni and the New York Knicks Monday night.

In what is becoming a war of words and/or a "he said/he said" battle, D'Antoni is quoted as saying that Steve Kerr is responsible or him leaving the Suns.  Suns owner Robert Sarver on the other hand, is backing his GM and saying that PHX wanted D'Antoni to stay.  Sarver is of course, doing what you would expect, but there is still doubt as to which side is telling the truth .

Regardless, all of the talk and drama certainly makes tonight's match up in Phoenix a lot more interesting.  The Suns are hoping to have Shaq back in uniform after a 2-game absence (grandma passed away).  The game will be more interesting just for the fact that the Suns will have all their players back..... Shaq, Richardson, Amare and Nash (Barnes, Barbosa and Hill as well).

The Knicks have a winning record, much to the surprise of many who predicted that their new offensive schemes wouldn't work out.  Their trade several weeks ago for Al Harrington is paying off so far, but he is a disgruntled player (over time) so it will be interesting to see just how long the Knicks can keep up their winning ways.

Game Prediction: Suns 110, Knicks 104

Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:25 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:22 pm
 

Suns Trade Bell, Diaw to Bobcats For J-Rich

Phoenix Suns logoOn Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns began reshaping their lineup of discouraging players who weren't buying into head coach Terry Porter's new system, as well as GM Steve Kerr's vision of where this team is going.

The Suns traded D'Antoni's leftovers, Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and a 2nd round pick in 2010.  In addition, newly acquired guard Sean Singletary was also shipped in the trade.  He was, of course, acquired in the offseason from the Houston Rockets

Raja had been vocal throughout the season about his unhappiness in the new system and his lack of shots.  He had good reason to if you ask him... D'Antoni and Steve Nash helped convert Bell from a defensive minded guard, into a 3-pt shooting, swaggerin', "I deserve more money" shooting guard type of a guy.  Bell started to think he was the shit, getting his scoring numbers up, landing commercials and endorsements (locally), and generally being regarded as one of the Suns toughest players.  While Bell will certainly be missed, especially by a stunned Nash.  His lack of effort & results to start the season, however, are ultimately what led to his departure.

Boris Diaw on the other hand, had been playing "ok" basketball, but certainly nothing to write home about.  He was here one night and off in space the next 2-3 games - nothing consistent unfortunately.  Now theat the trade is completed, we hear that Diaw was "not having fun" anymore, like he did under D'Antoni.  While Diaw appeared to have a solid NBA game while Amare Stoudemire was out w/ a knee injury a couple years ago, he just didn't seem to have his full arsenal when Amare returned.  Coming off the bench and with the occasional start this year, you would think he might have the opportunities he needed to succeed, but apparently this was not where he wanted to be.

In Jason Richardson, the Suns get a bigger, stronger and more athletic shooting guard to compliment Nash, Stoudemire and Shaquille O'Neal Richardson can create his own shot, hit the 3-pointer and will no doubt become a fan favorite quickly w/ his amazing leaping & dunking abilities.  While his defense may not be up to par w/ Raja (a couple years ago), he can hold his own and should help the team in a big way.

BC Alum Jared Dudley is a good post player who's a solid bench guy that will come in and utilize his minutes playing defense, rebounding and fouling the other team. ; )

The biggest issue w/ the trade I see is team chemistry.  Nash and Bell were good buddies going back to Dallas, so it will be interesting to see how the Suns' 2-time MVP reacts to the new situation.  He certainly struggled against the Lakers Thursday night, but everyone's allowed a few bad games.  The shot attempts situation will be the most interesting and likely lead to the most drama between players ,  if there will be any.  Amare wants the ball, Shaq wants the ball and J-Rich is going to want the ball as well. There just are not that many shots to go around to please each player... at least on a nightly basis.

Overall rating of the trade B - B+ at this point.  Let's see how the team jells & go from there.

Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:35 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:21 pm
 

Suns Smash Bucks @ Phoenix, Lakers Are Next?

Phoenix Suns logoIn the fine words of Will Farrell, the Suns can say "we're going streaking!" and get away with it.....and this time, it's not a 4-game losing streak. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxX_hL-EJ2Y

On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns trounced the Milwaukee Bucks in PHX for their 2nd win in a row and 21st in a row against the Bucks in AZ.  The 21st in a row vs. the Bucks ties the current active streak in the NBA for domination over an opponent (tied w/ the Spurs no less).

Shaq was ultra dominant in the paint against the (soft) Bucks and the entire starting squad seemed to jell pretty well in the victory, while the Bucks continue to struggle.  Porter kept Nash's minutes down and the rest of the team performed when it needed to, including a blazing 74 point first half.  The game appeared much like the D'Antoni era, but perhaps the Suns played a bit better defense - although I wouldn't call allowing 115 points good defense.  Needless to say, the Suns get the win and head to Laker-land tonight for a match-up w/ the Lakers at the Staples Center.  Shaq will not participate due to a death in the family (grandma), so Diaw and Lopez will need to step up vs. Bynum and Gasol.

Posted on: November 28, 2008 2:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:20 pm
 

Suns Vs Heat: The Matrix Returns

Phoenix Suns logoThe Phoenix Suns have continued to beat up on the teams they are supposed to win against, but have struggled a bit in regards to dominating those teams.  A recent victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder required a lucky miss by the Thunder and a failure (by them) to foul Steve Nash or Raja Bell w/ 9 seconds left in the game. 

Following the win over Oklahoma City, the Suns went to Minnesota on the 2nd of back-to-back road games, to face the Timberwolves, who they've struggled against the past few years.  Once again, Al Jefferson dominated Amare Stoudemire (mostly) and Shaquille O'Neal.  Fortunately for the Suns, Nash was back to his pre-2008 self and helped keep the team afloat enroute to the win.

Tonight, the Suns get ready to face the Miami Heat, a struggling franchise that is now home to a former Suns player & fan favorite - Shawn Marion.  Shawn spent his entire NBA career in PHX before being shipped to Miami in the Shaq trade.  While Marion was hustling and wowing the fans in PHX, he was disgruntled as the 3rd option for the run 'n gun Suns under Mike D'Antoni.  Now in Miami, Marion is roughly doing the same thing behind Dwyane Wade and rookie Michael Beasley.  He is a free agent after this year, so he'll likely be joining his 3rd team in less than 2 yrs during the offseason or before if the Heat can setup a sign & trade deal w/ another team.

Phoenix is currently 11-5 on the season, enough for a B+ rating from this sports blogger.  They haven't won every game they should've, but they have experienced some challenging times already this season w/ Barbosa's Mom passing away, Barnes suspension and Nash's adjustment to the "Terry Porter way".  Considering all of this, they aren't doing too bad.  They still need to improve, however, so that when the Lakers, Celtics and Hornets of the league come around they don't get blown out.

Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:04 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 5:19 pm
 

How It Truly Feels To Be A Suns Fan

Phoenix Suns logo

We're not worthy!

This is what went through my mind when I was talking with some of my close relatives who are big time Phoenix Suns fans. My cousin A.J., explained to me one of the most true and honest quotes I've ever heard about the Suns.

They fully understood what it is like to be a die-hard Suns fan...

A.J. stated..."The season is nearly two weeks old, which is a good thing. It means we only have five and a half months to get our hopes up about the Suns before recalling that there is no god and we all, eventually, die alone."

That is, literally, what us Suns fan go through on an annual basis.

Ahh....the questioning of our faith and belief in a higher power...this is a yearly occurrence for Suns fans as we exit the playoffs. Last year after the Spurs beat us (it basically started when Duncan hit the last second three-pointer in Game 1) I laid face down in my bed for about two hours and could care less about any of the below happening:

1. Not breathing
2. My apartment burning down and dying in a fire
3. Not breathing
4. Tim Duncan "accidently" breaking his leg
5. Not breathing
6. Claustrophobia
7. Death

But, as many of my friends and family know, that's not really anything unusual for me to do in April/May/June.

When Stern suspended Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for their ferocious,, viciousness of checking to see if their two-time MVP was okay, I simply went berserk and just started yelling profanities from my apartment building and seriously thought about jumping from the third floor for upwards of three hours. Again...nothing unusual.

But back to what my wise cousin said - it is significant because not many people (including me) have been able to find the right words to accurately explain our pain.

Still, I love the Suns, And if it means that I will for the rest of my life question my faith, not care about living/breathing/burning alive when they lose, and look for ways to accurately describe and explain my pain... Then so be it.

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 13, 2008 7:06 am
Edited on: December 10, 2008 2:36 pm
 

Barnes, Alston Ejected In 3rd Quarter

Phoenix Suns logoThe 6-2 Phoenix Suns looked to establish themselves against another Western Conference power Wednesday night in their match-up w/ the Houston Rockets.  The Suns certainly got a handful from the Rockets, who seemed to attempt to "bully" Phoenix in a showing of dominance.

With several minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Matt Barnes set a hard (shoulder) screen on Rafer Alston, to which Alston responded by confronting Barnes at half-court.  Chests up, fists cocked, but no punches thrown.  Steve Nash attempted to come and split up the pair, but was shoved to the ground by Tracy McGradyShaquille O'Neal was quick to the rescue, however, pushing every Rockets player within site including both McGrady and Alston. Surprisingly, the Rockets' Ron Artest was not involved in the scuffle...good choice buddy.

It did not appear that any Suns players left the bench, so I would not expect any suspensions that route, but Shaq could get a game or two for his pushing & shoving.  Since Matt Barnes and Alston did not throw any punches at each other, I would be surprised to see any kind of suspension - at most 1 game for each player.  If Shaq is punished, the league would also need to put McGrady out one game, since he did virtually the same thing O'Neal did (just pushing).

Nash is a little dinged up after the game, due primarily to some rough picks and screens that he was unable to get through (or around).  

Amare Stoudemire, Matt Barnes and Raja Bell all had a bad shooting night, which contributed mightily to the Rockets apparent dominance (and victory).  Both Stoudemire and Barnes were 5-13 FG and finished w/ 11 pts.  Amare also added 9 rebounds, but he seemed out of sorts on the night, turning the ball over 5 times as well.  Raja shot 0-6 in the loss, while Nash finished 4-10.  The team just didn't seem to have their "A" game at home on this night.

An interesting stat provided during the 4th quarter (4:29 remaining): 0 fast break points for the Suns (at home nonetheless)

Phoenix Suns exit their 9th game with a 6-3 record, which keeps them 2nd in the Pacific Division behind the Lakers.

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 12, 2008 12:15 am
 

Suns/Rockets - Solid Test For New Look Suns

The Rockets and Suns split four meetings last season with each team winning once at US Airways Center. McGrady averaged 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in three games against Phoenix, while the Suns' Amare Stoudemire averaged 30.3 points and 11.5 boards while shooting 60.0 percent in the series.

Category: NBA
 
 
 
 
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