Phoenix Suns News
1-12-15: The Phoenix Suns came into the week boasting an 18-16 record on the 2014/2015 NBA season after spending much of the campaign trading wins and losses. The Suns started this week by staying home inside Phoenix to play host to the worst team in the NBA in the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the Suns used 50% shooting as a team and a huge second half to take down the Sixers by the score of 112-96. Philadelphia stayed close in the first half behind 28 points from Tony Wroten but the team fell off in the final 24 minutes in the loss to Phoenix. The Suns hoped to keep to their winning ways during their next contest when the team stayed home in Phoenix to play host to the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Phoenix Suns set out to simply outscore the Raptors and outscore them they did as the team never scored less than 27 points in a single quarter. The Suns scoring outburst was capped off with 43 points in the second quarter alone in an easy 125-109 victory over Toronto. The Raptors attack was led by 21 points and 10 rebounds from Valanciunas but it was not nearly enough in the loss to Phoenix. The Suns were back at it on Tuesday night in Milwaukee when the team faced off with the Milwaukee Bucks in a road game for Phoenix. During the contest the Suns overcame a sluggish first quarter to come from behind and beat the Bucks by the final score of 102-96. The Milwaukee attack was led by 26 points from Brandon Knight as the Bucks took a slim one point lead into the fourth quarter before relinquishing it to Phoenix. The Suns were led by 26 points and 10 rebounds from Morris in the victory over Milwaukee. Phoenix was on the court the very next night in Minnesota when the team traveled to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Western Conference road game. During the contest it was easy to see very early on that the fans were in for a shootout between the Suns and the Wolves. Andrew Wiggins led the Minnesota attack and finished with 25 points while Goran Dragic matched his 25 point total with his own for the Suns. Phoenix trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter before proceeding to hang 42 points up on the Timberwolves. Minnesota scored 33 of their own in the final 12 minutes but it was not enough in a 113-111 loss to the Suns. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-16. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of games out on the road against the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies before returning home to Phoenix to finish their week off with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1-2-15: The Phoenix Suns have traded wins and losses for much of the first two months of the 2014/2015 season which is evident by their 16-14 record to start the campaign. The Suns started this week by traveling to Sacramento to take on their Western Conference foes in the Sacramento Kings. During the game Phoenix shot 49% from the field as a team while being led by Marcus Morris’ 20 point outburst off the bench. Sacramento countered with 44% shooting and 19 points from Darren Collison but it was not enough in a 115-106 loss to the Suns. Phoenix looked to keep their winning streak alive in their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Lakers enjoyed the return of Kobe Bryant and 52% shooting as a team but the Suns made things difficult for Los Angeles all game long. Bryant managed just 10 points in 32 minutes Phoenix’s guard play led by Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combined for 46 points in a 116-107 victory over the Lakers. The Suns looked to stay in the win column during their next contest when the team traveled to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Suns shot an impressive 48% as a team from the field only to watch the Pelicans do that much better shooting 52% as a team. That narrow edge for the Pelicans shooting led to a narrow edge in the final score as New Orleans went on to beat Phoenix by the score of 110-106. New Orleans attack was led by 24 points from Tyreke Evans who led all scorers in the contest while Phoenix’s attack fell just short behind 22 points from Goran Dragic. The Suns were back at it again the very next night when the team finished their week off in Oklahoma City taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Warriors enjoyed the first 40 point game of the season for oft-injured Kevin Durant and it came at the very best time for the team. Oklahoma City’s leading scorer Russell Westbrook was ejected in the second quarter due to technical fouls and Durant picked up the slack nearly missing a triple-double. The Thunder took an extra overtime period to take down the Suns but at the end of the overtime Oklahoma City was ahead 137-134. Phoenix fell to Oklahoma City on the night despite 29 points from Eric Bledsoe. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-16. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors before finishing their week off on the road facing off with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
12-22-14: The Phoenix Suns have been trading wins and losses to start the 2014/2015 NBA season and currently sit in the middle of the pack with a 12-11 record. The Suns started this week by traveling home to Phoenix to take on the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Suns and the Pistons went shot for shot in a contest that was decided on the free throw line. Phoenix committed 24 fouls to just 18 for the Pistons which led to eight more opportunities from the charity stripe. The extra free shots and 23 points from Andre Drummond propelled the Pistons to a narrow 105-103 victory over Phoenix. The Suns hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Oklahoma City to take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Russell Westbrook once again led the Thunder with 28 points while Kevin Durant continued his way back to his explosive self as his injury with 22 points. The Thunder shot 49% from the field while the Suns managed just 34% shooting from the field. Phoenix’s attack was led by 15 points from Gerald Green but it was not enough in a Suns 112-88 loss to the Thunder. The Suns hoped for better luck in their next contest when the team traveled home to host the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest these two teams played a closely contested game that came down to a last second shot from the unlikeliest of heroes. The Suns offensive attack was led by 25 points from Markieff Morris while the team finished with 40% shooting from the field. The Bucks on the other hand were led by 20 points from Brandon Knight and 48% shooting from the field but it was a Khris Middleton buzzer beater that decided the contest. Middleton knocked down a shot as time expired giving the Bucks a dramatic 96-94 victory over Phoenix. The Suns hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Charlotte to take on the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest Charlotte used a blistering first half in which the team scored 61 points to take an early lead over Phoenix. Al Jefferson’s 28 points and 10 rebounds had Charlotte feeling good about the contest before Isaiah Thomas and the Suns began to chip away in the third quarter. Thomas finished with a team high 23 points in the contest while the Suns scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to complete a second half comeback and win the game by the score of 111-106. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 13-14.
12-15-14: The Phoenix Suns beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with an 11-8 record. The Suns started this week by traveling to Dallas to take on a red hot Dallas Mavericks team led by Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki. During the contest Phoenix took a page out of the Mavericks book shooting 56% from the field while simply surviving and outscoring your opponent. The Suns started the game with a 40 point first quarter and the defense never allowed the Mavericks back into the contest with some strong defense. Monta Ellis did all he could for Dallas scoring 33 points to lead all scorers but it would not be enough in the 118-106 loss to the Suns. The Suns were back at it the very next night when the team traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets. During the contest Phoenix managed just 37% shooting from the field as the Rockets defense played the Suns tough all night long. Houston held Phoenix to just 18 points in the first quarter jumping out to an early 17 point lead that the team would not relinquish. Houston was led by 19 points from Trevor Ariza and although Eric Bledsoe finished with 23 points leading all scorers it was not enough as Phoenix fell to the Rockets by the score of 100-95. The Suns looked to rebound in their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the two teams played a closely contested game that required an overtime period to determine the winner. Eric Bledsoe had a very nice game for the Phoenix Suns posting a triple-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists but the Clippers Blake Griffin somehow topped that. Griffin scored 45 points and grabbed 8 rebounds of his own as the Clippers narrowly edged the Suns by the score of 121-120. The Suns looked for better results the next night back at home when the team hosted Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in Phoenix. During the contest the Suns made things difficult on themselves turning the ball over 23 times to Miami’s 12 turnovers. Miami took full advantage of the extra opportunities on the road shooting 54% for the game led by 34 points and nine rebounds for Chris Bosh. Marcus Morris did all he could for the Suns scoring 25 points while Gerald Green added 19 points but it was not enough in a 103-97 victory for the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-11. The Suns will then travel back home to Phoenix to host the Milwaukee Bucks before finishing the week in Charlotte taking on the Charlotte Hornets.
12-5-14: The Phoenix Suns have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference through the first five weeks of the season as the team has posted a 10-6 record. The Suns started this week by packing their bags and setting out on the road to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets. During the contest each team came out with a hot hand in the first half matching bucket for bucket. Each team finished the first half with 64 points as Denver and Phoenix continued to play little defense and knock down shots consistently. Phoenix took advantage of a big third quarter outscoring Denver by seven points led by Gerald Green’s 24 points to take the lead. The Nuggets led a bit of a comeback in the fourth quarter before succumbing to the Suns offense as Phoenix went on to win the game by the score of 120-112. In Phoenix’s next contest the team was back at home playing host to the Orlando Magic from the Eastern Conference. During the contest the Magic held down the Suns in the first half and for much of the third quarter as the Orlando defense was on full display. The Suns had just 58 points entering the fourth quarter before Goran Dragic and company staged an epic fourth quarter comeback. Tobias Harris and his Magic teammates were too much in the end as Orlando narrowly edged the Suns by the score of 93-90. The Suns hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled back home to Phoenix to play host to the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Pacers were done in by the three point shooting of the Suns and specifically Goran Dragic. Phoenix knocked down 12 three point shots as the team finished with 50% shooting from the field while Indiana managed to make just four of their attempts from three point land which ended up bring the difference in the contest. The Suns used their perimeter game and their outside shooting superiority to take down the Pacers by the score of 116-99. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-8.
11-28-14: The Phoenix Suns have had a strong start to their 2014/2015 season as the team has posted an impressive 7-5 start to establish themselves as one of the better teams in the Western Conference. The Suns started this week by traveling to Philadelphia to take on the winless Philadelphia 76ers on the road. The Sixers were still searching for their first victory of the season and Michael Carter-Williams scored 18 points in the contest trying as one of four Philadelphia players to score in double figures. The Suns looked to keep the 76ers winless and had eight players who scored in double digits in the contest that made sure that happened. Isaiah Thomas led all Phoenix scorers with 23 points as the Suns took down the 76ers by the score of 122-96. The Suns were back at it the very next night on the road in Indiana taking on the Indiana Pacers from the Eastern Conference. In this contest the Pacers were outplayed and outscored in every single quarter as the team shot just 37% from the field and a meager 30% from beyond the arc in the contest. Meanwhile the Suns offensive attack was led by Gerald Green’s 23 points as Phoenix routed the Pacers by the score of 106-83. Phoenix looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest as the Suns traveled to Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors in a road game. The Raptors had two players to eclipse the 20 points mark while three others scored in double digits at Toronto shot 45% from the field as a team. Phoenix on the other hand had just one player score more than 20 points in the contest and had just four others that scored in double figures. The difference in the game came on the free throw line as Toronto knocked down 26 of their 32 attempts from the charity stripe while Phoenix knocked down just 8-11 of their free throws. With the Raptors dominance on the line the team beat the Suns by the score of 104-100. The Suns finished their week by traveling back home to take on the Denver Nuggets in Phoenix in a Western Conference showdown. During the contest the Nuggets shot just 42% from the field as a team as their leading scorer Wilson Chandler managed just 19 points. Denver was especially cold from beyond the three point line as the team managed just 32% from three point land in a 120-112 loss to the Suns. Phoenix’s offensive attack was led by 24 points from Gerald Green and a double-double from Eric Bledsoe in the victory for the Suns. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-6.
11-21-14: The Phoenix Suns have had one of the better starts to the 2014/2015 season as the team has posted a 5-
3 record to start the new campaign. The Suns started this week by playing host to Michael Jordan’s
Charlotte Hornets at home in Phoenix. In the contest the Suns were led by five players who scored in
double digits including Kemba Walker’s 19 point night. The home team shot just 28% from beyond the
arc in the contest in what proved to be the deciding factor in the game. The Hornets had five players
score in double digits including 22 points from Eric Bledsoe but Charlotte shot just 44% from three point
land in a 103-95 victory for the Hornets on the road. The Suns enjoyed five consecutive home games
before their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in
Staples Center. In the contest Chris Paul broke out for the Clippers with 32 points while five other
players scored in double digits as the team shot 53% from the field on the night. Los Angeles also shot
48% from beyond the three point line as Phoenix had a rough night shooting from the field. Phoenix
managed just 38% shooting from the field and 37% from three point land as the Suns fell to the Clippers
by the score of 120-107. Phoenix was led by 26 points from Gerald Green but it was not enough as only
three other Suns players scored in double digits in the loss. After two straight losses the Suns looked to
turn things around when the team traveled to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics in their next contest.
In the game the Celtics had five players score in double figures including Jeff Green’s 28 point night
while the team shot 52% from the field. The Suns matched the Celtics with five players that scored in
double figures while Markieff Morris led Phoenix with 30 points in the contest. The Morris led Suns
edged the Celtics in the fourth quarter as Phoenix went on to beat Boston by the score of 118-114. The
Suns finished off their week in Detroit as Phoenix faced off with the Pistons in a road game. In the game
Greg Monroe had a double-double for the Pistons scoring 18 points and snagging 12 rebounds while
teammate Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 19 points in the contest. The pair of Detroit teammates
did not do enough in the contest though as Eric Bledsoe and the Suns narrowly edged the Pistons in the
game by the score of 88-86. Bledsoe scored 18 points in the contest while teammate P.J. Tucker added
16 points in the Phoenix victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall
record of 7-5.
11-14-14: The Phoenix Suns had a good start to their 2014/2015 season as the team started the campaign with a 3-2 record in the first full week of the year. The Suns started this week by hosting the Sacramento Kings at home in the second of four straight home games for Phoenix. In the contest five Suns players scored in double digits including Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic as this game went down to the final buzzer and into two overtime periods. Sacramento doubled up the Suns in the fourth quarter to force the overtime before narrowly winning in the second overtime by a 114-112 final score. The Kings scoring output was led by 25 points from DeMarcus Cousins in the Sacramento victory. Two nights later the Suns were back at home hosting the last unbeaten team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors. In the game Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors while Draymond Green added 22 points to lead Golden State’s scoring attack. The Suns were led by 22 points from Isaiah Thomas and 19 points from Gerald Green as the Suns took down the Warriors by the score of 107-95 in Golden State’s first loss of the young season. Phoenix took that momentum with them into their final game of the week when they traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets on the road. Phoenix was led by 28 points from Gerald Green in the contest while Isaiah Thomas added 21 points in a 112-104 victory over the Nets. Brooklyn had six players that scored in double digits in the contest but it wasn’t enough in the loss to the Suns. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-3.
11-7-14: The Phoenix Suns started their 2014/2015 season off last week by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in
their home opener to start their season 1-0. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the
Suns continued their home stand as they hosted the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at
home in Phoenix. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points while Tim Duncan chipped in 16 points of his
own but it was not enough as the Suns and 23 points from Isaiah Thomas were too much in the Suns 94-
89 victory. The next night Phoenix was in Utah as the Suns played a road game against the Utah Jazz. In
the game Derrick Favors went off offensively for the Jazz scoring 32 points while Gordon Heyward added
24 points in a 118-91 victory for the Jazz. Phoenix shot just 15 free throws in the contest knocking down
12 of them while Utah went 27-33 from the charity stripe in what ultimately decided this contest. The
Suns leading scorer in the game was Gerald Green and he only managed 16 points in the loss for
Phoenix. Phoenix looked to rebound from their first loss of the season when they traveled to Staples
Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in a road game. Kobe Bryant went off offensively in the game
scoring 39 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while getting help from Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, and Carlos
Boozer. While Kobe was a one man wrecking crew for the Lakers the Suns played more of a team game
when Markieff Morris, Gerald Green, and Isaiah Thomas each scored over 20 points while pulling down
a combined 22 rebounds in the game. The trio for Phoenix was too much for the Lakers as the Suns beat
Los Angeles for the second time in the young season by the score of 112-106. Phoenix finished their
week off the very next night when they hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at home. In the game Memphis
was led by Mike Conley and Courtney Lee who combined for 46 points on a combined 18-28 shooting.
Phoenix had four players that scored in double digits in the contest but this game but decided beyond
the arc. Memphis shot 53% on three point shots nailing nine shots beyond the arc while Phoenix only
nailed 38% of their shots beyond the three point line. With the shots from beyond the arc the Grizzlies
took down the Suns by the score of 102-91. When the week was all said and done the team finished
with an overall record of 3-2.
10-31-14: The Phoenix Suns tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Steve Nash and Julius Randal-less Los Angeles Lakers at home after posting an impressive 5-2 record in the preseason. Hopes are high in Phoenix after the Suns acquired guard Isaiah Thomas this summer to lead the offense. The Suns pitch for Thomas was a tough one as the team retained Eric Bledsoe while the Los Angeles Lakers showed heavy interest in Thomas, an interest that Thomas deemed mutual, but in the end the Suns got their man and the offense was ready to host the Los Angeles Lakers as the 214/2015 season tipped off. The aforementioned Bledsoe chipped in 16 points while Thomas led all Suns scorers with 23 points. The Lakers were led by none other than Kobe Bryant’s 31 points while only two other Lakers scored in double digits in a 119-99 loss to the Suns.
10-29-14: Arguably the best team that failed to make the playoffs last season were the Suns, whose 48-34 record couldn’t solidify a postseason berth in a competitive Pacific Division that also housed the Clippers and Warriors. Their success in the regular season hasn’t gone unnoticed, however, as the season average on the secondary market has risen considerably since last year. The average secondary price for tickets at home this season is $210.35, up 57% from their 2013-14 season average of $134.02. The Thunder will be the Suns’ most expensive opponent at home when they travel to US Airways Center on March 29. That game has a current secondary market average of $352.35 and get-in of $58.
10-24-14: The Phoenix Suns finished last season with a 48-34 record but failed to make the playoffs in a competitive Pacific Division. Led by point guard Goran Drajic, the Suns have gone 4-2 in preseason play and will hope to carry their success into the regular season when it begins next week. The Suns haven’t entered the postseason since 2010, where they lost in the Conference Finals to the Lakers in six games.
10-15-14: The Phoenix Suns have played three of their seven scheduled preseason games so far, opening their preseason schedule on Oct 8, a 100-88 win over Flamengo, followed by another win over Denver, but dropping their last game, a 95-92 loss to the Houston Rockets. Next up on the Phoenix Suns preseason is a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs this Thursday at the US Airways Center, followed by three remaining preseason games against the Lakers, Clippers, and Jazz before kicking off their regular season on Oct 29 against the Lakers.
10-8-14: The Phoenix Suns kick off their preseason tonight as they play Flamengo at the US Airways Center. Phoenix will then host the Denver Nuggets this Friday, followed by a matchup with the Houston Rockets on October 13, with remaining preseason games against the likes of Spurs, Lakers, Clippers, and Jazz to finish out their preseason schedule. The Suns were thisclose to a playoff berth last season but just missed the cut in a stacked Western Conference despite winning 48 games. Much of the same roster returns this year for the Suns but will be in not only a tough conference, but a tough division as well.
9-22-14: Eric Bledsoe, the Suns point guard who in his first season with the team put up nearly 18 points and 6 assists. Unfortunately he only played half the season forcing Goran Dragic to play the point where he thrived and was named most improved player and made the all-NBA third team. With Bledsoe currently a restricted free agent, many experts are split on whether Phoenix should bring him back. The Suns in the offseason signed former Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas and drafted Syracuse pg Tyler Ennis. With a crowded backcourt that also includes a resurgent Gerald Green and sophomore Archie Goodwin Bledsoe’s days as a Sun may be over.
8-13-14: The Phoenix Suns had a unexpected 48 win season missing the playoffs by just a game, but come into this season with not much to show for this offseason. They struck out in free agency as each big name player passed on joining the Suns. Lon Gabby President of Basketball Operations and GM Ryan McDonough have come up empty and their offseason is not a recipe of going any further but actually regressing this season.
Phoenix Suns 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 14, T.J. Warren, SF, NC State
Round 1, Pick 18, Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
Round 1, Pick 27, Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia
Round 2, Pick 50, Alec Brown, C, Wisconsin-Green Bay
4-7-14: The Suns finished with a 1-2 record against the three teams with arguably the biggest markets in the league. In search of their sixth straight win, the Suns hosted the New York Knicks on Friday. Goran Dragic scored a game-high 32 points that night at US Airways Center as the Suns won, 112-88. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angels to play the Lakers at the Staples Center. The Suns unfortunately could not handle Chris Kaman that night. He put up 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Lakers won, 115-99. The Suns returned home for Wednesday’s contest against the Clippers and fell by four points.
4-1-14: The Western Conference playoff race is getting very interesting as the Suns continue to surprise the league. They won all four of their games played this past week, which included a huge comeback win on Sunday. After beating the Detroit Pistons by six points on Friday, the Suns overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat the Timberwolves by seven points in Minnesota. Eric Bledsoe was the man of the match the next night as he scored a game-high 20 points in Phoenix’s 102-95 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta. Then on Wednesday, the Suns completed a three-game sweep of the road trip with a 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.
3-24-14: The Suns continue to be in a vicious battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns had a strong week to keep pace as they had a 3-1 record. They began a three-game road trip at Boston. On Friday, Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards. It was just the second time in his career that he had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the same game. Then on Sunday in Toronto, Gerald Green scored a game-high 28 points off the bench in the Suns’ 121-113 win. However, Phoenix could not make it three wins in a row. The Suns fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 108-95, on Monday. Phoenix did finish the week on a strong note though: the Suns beat the visiting Orlando Magic by 16 points on Wednesday.
3-17-14: The clock might have struck midnight for this Cinderella. They lost all three games this past week, and it is looking like they might not make the playoffs. On Sunday, the Suns lost to the Golden State Warriors by six points. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angeles to complete the back-to-back set. Unfortunately, there was a lot of bad news that evening. P.J. Tucker was ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin. Tucker was suspended for Wednesday’s game. Even though the Suns lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Eric Bledsoe played his first game since late December and put up 15 points and nine assists.
3-10-14: The Suns bounced back from their subpar performances last week to post a 3-1 record in their four-game homestand. On Friday, Goran Dragic scored a career-high 40 points as the Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 116-104. Then, on Sunday, the Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks behind a game-high 33 points from Gerald Green. However, Tuesday night was not a good one for Phoenix. Miles Plumlee’s knee did not cooperate with him right before the game, so he sat out. In addition, Leandro Barbosa suffered a broken left hand in the second quarter of the 104-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Suns bounced back on Thursday with a big comeback to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 128-122.
3-3-14: The Suns need Eric Bledsoe back from his January knee surgery as soon as possible. They are losing their grip on their playoff spot after a subpar week. However, Phoenix did start the week off right. The Suns blew out the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Led by Markieff Morris’s game-high 21 points, the Suns beat the Spurs by more than 20 points. Then, Goran Dragic scored a team-high 35 points on Sunday, but Patrick Beverley’s 3-pointer near the end of the game helped the Houston Rockets get the win in Phoenix. The Suns finished their homestand with a nine-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. The Utah Jazz got the best of the Suns the following night with a 109-86 drubbing of Phoenix.
2-24-14: On Friday, Miles Plumlee matched up against his brother in the Rising Stars Challenge. Then, on the following night, Goran Dragic teamed up with Reggie Jackson to participate in the skills challenge. After All-Star weekend, the Suns continued to hold onto their playoff spot. On Tuesday, Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points in a 112-107 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets. Although P.J. Tucker was fined for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, that did not phase Phoenix. The Suns rode a 17-0 second-half run to beat the Celtics on Wednesday, 100-94.
2-18-14: The Suns had a very light week before the All-Star break and went 1-1 against two difficult teams. On Saturday, Goran Dragic poured in a career-high 34 points en route to Phoenix’s 13-point victory over the Golden State Warriors. P.J. Tucker also chipped in 16 points as well as a career-high 15 rebounds to help stop the Suns’ two-game losing streak. Then, Phoenix took on the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and LeBron James was too much for the Suns to handle. Gerald Green put up 26 points in the six-point loss. Fortunately for the Suns, they have many home games waiting for them after their week-long resting period, so they will hope to keep their playoff position.
2-10-14: It was the Goran Dragic show on Saturday night as he scored a game-high 25 points as the Suns defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by double digits. The NBA recognized Dragic’s fantastic week by naming him the Western Conference Player of the Week. Although Phoenix lost each of its next two games, Dragic combined for 47 points and moved his 20-point scoring streak to a career-best six games. As we get closer to the All-Star break, the Suns impressively remain in playoff position. With Eric Bledsoe on the comeback trail and the Phoenix organization being involved in trade discussions, this team could be a real force soon.
2-4-14: Jeff Hornacek could be elected the mayor of Phoenix with how well he has coached the Suns this season. In his first year as an NBA head coach, he has surprised the league by leading this basketball team to their best start since 2007-08. Although the Suns dropped Friday’s game to the Washington Wizards, Phoenix then swept a four-game road trip. The Suns left Cleveland, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Indiana with victories and currently have three more wins than they did during the entire 2012-13 season. Goran Dragic, who has stepped up his play since Eric Bledsoe went down, was arguably one of the biggest snubs for the All-Star game, and he showed why in Indiana. He registered his 20th 20-point game of the season and handed the Pacers just their second home loss of 2013-14.
1-27-14: This was an important week for the Eric Bledsoe-less Suns, as they won two of their three home games. On Friday, the Morris twins combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds off the bench, but it was not enough for the Suns to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. However, Phoenix bounced back two days later to get a 14-point victory over the Denver Nuggets. Channing Frye’s season-high 30 points led the Suns to the win that night. Then on Wednesday, Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee faced their former team, the Indiana Pacers. The Suns played terrifically that evening, as it was Phoenix’s second-largest margin of victory of the season.
1-20-14: Guards in the Western Conference are dropping like flies. Eric Bledsoe, who has been one of the main reasons for the Suns shocking the NBA thus far this season, remains out indefinitely with a knee injury. Even Phoenix’s new signee Leandro Barbosa, who is providing guard depth for the team, is dealing with shoulder trouble. Although the Suns defeated the Milwaukee Bucks without Bledsoe, the team struggled a lot on its most recent road trip. While each of the five games on the road was decided by five or fewer points, Phoenix dropped four of them. However, the Suns bounced back by beating the depleted Los Angeles Lakers at home on Wednesday.
1-7-14: For the first time since 2007,
the Suns won 10 games in December. They accomplished this feat after playing only 13 contests this past month. It sure has been a fantastic season thus far for the Suns, who have shocked NBA fans everywhere. Although the Suns lost to the Warriors in Golden State on Friday, they quickly bounced back with a 14-point win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Then, Phoenix traveled to Los Angeles to play the Clippers at the Staples Center, and Goran Dragic’s game-high 26 points and eight assists led the way in the Suns’ impressive 19-point victory. While the Suns lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, Goran Dragic continued his fantastic stretch as he put up a career-high 33 points.
12-30-13: The Suns continued their brilliance, as they won each of their three games this past week. Phoenix defeated the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers to push the team’s record to 17-10. On Friday in Denver, Markieff Morris continued to surprise the league, as he led all players in that contest with 25 points. That scoring performance also represented the most he has put up in a road game in his career. Then, the Suns traveled home to take on the Mavericks. Eric Bledsoe’s game-high 25 points and team-high six assists led Phoenix to the 123-108 victory. The Lakers headed to the Valley of the Sun two days later, and Gerald Green welcomed them with six 3-pointers, which tied his career-high. The Suns impressively won that game by 27 points.
12-22-13: With home victories against the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, the Suns moved their winning streak to five games, their longest one in almost three years. Although the San Antonio Spurs defeated Phoenix on Wednesday at the US Airways Center, the Suns remain one of the better teams in the Western Conference this season. Goran Dragic has surprised almost everyone, as he has arguably been one of the best guards in the league this season. In addition, Channing Frye, who has scored 18 points per game in the last three contests, has provided some great outside shooting with a 12-of-17 performance from 3-point distance this past week.
12-13-13: Jeff Hornacek should be in the NBA Coach of the Year discussion for how well he has coached the Suns this season. Since falling to 9-9, the Suns have won three consecutive games for the first time in 2013-14. After a big victory at Houston more than a week ago, the Suns took down the Toronto Raptors at home on Friday and then the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Now standing at a respectable 12-9 in a difficult Western Conference, this Suns team is making people think about them as a possible playoff team. They have racked up quite a few important wins early this season, so it will be fun to continue to see what Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and the rest of the Suns have up their sleeves.
12-7-13: Not many people thought the Suns would be above .500 this far into the 2013-14 season. On Wednesday, they did just that after an impressive victory over the Rockets in Houston. Before Phoenix lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, the Suns split back-to-back games with the Utah Jazz. The Suns have succeeded this season with balanced scoring. They have six different players averaging double figures in points. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has guards Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic leading the show, and it been a success. Bledsoe led all scorers on Wednesday in Houston, and Dragic was the game-high scorer on Saturday against the Jazz.
11-28-13: You know who is really fun to watch? The Suns. And Goran Dragic. And Eric Bledsoe. FUN! The Phoenix Suns have won three of their last four games – all without Bledsoe who has missed five straight- to improve to 8-7 on the year. The Suns beat a very good Portland Trail Blazers team on Wednesday night 120-106 behind 31 points and 10 assists from Goran Dragic and 25 points from the rejuvenated Channing Frye. The Suns may not be able to sustain the winning over the course of the long season, but once Bledsoe returns and he teams up with Dragic in the backcourt, it will certainly remain fun to watch.
11-22-13: The early season darlings of the Western Conference are sliding back to reality. After starting the year 5-2, mostly behind the dynamic play of Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix has lost four straight games – including two straight to the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe has missed the last two games with a bruised shin and the Suns have also missed Goran Dragic for several games this year. First round pick Alex Len has also been able to play just 31 minutes so far this year. The 5-6 record is appropriate for the roster put forth, but Eric Bledsoe is doing everything in his power to reverse that.
11-15-13: Eric Bledsoe has taken over in Phoenix as the leading scorer and assist man, helping turn what many thought was a sure loser into a competitive 5-3 ball club. The Suns endured some time without Goran Dragic, but has played solid basketball of late, with their lone week three loss coming to the Portland Trail Blazers by just one point.
11-8-13: The Suns are in full-blown rebuilding mode. At least, that’s what everyone thought. Instead of lying down for their opponents due to youth and inexperience, newly added guard Eric Bledsoe has been everything he’s been hyped up to be, and no name players have stepped up during a 3-2 start for Phoenix. It may not last, but with close losses to tough teams like the Thunder and Spurs, there is already a ton of optimism for the Suns in 2013.
11-1-13: The Suns were active this past offseason as they brought in a new head coach in addition to many fresh faces on the court. Former Suns guard and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek is now coaching Phoenix with a relatively new roster. They acquired Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee among others in the last few months. Soon after the preseason, the Suns exercised their 2014-15 options on Plumlee as well as on Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris. Bledsoe, who is starting at shooting guard, gave Suns fans a reason to cheer during the preseason and he will look to bring the same type of scoring and intensity to the regular season.
10-26-13: The Suns traded center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for big Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick.
10-18-13: The Phoenix Suns are 3-2 so far this preseason, starting off with three wins, but losing the last two. Goran Dragic has been the Suns’ leading scorer throughout the preseason with a 12.6 points per game average. New addition Eric Bledsoe is leading the team in assists with 5.4. Bledsoe also has the game high in points with 22 in the preseason opener against Maccabi Haifa. Rookie center Alex Len had nine rebounds in Phoenix’s 106-99 win against the San Antonio Spurs for the third win of the preseason. The Suns have two preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 vs Oklahoma City
- Oct 23 at Denver
8-29-13: The Suns and Bucks have agreed on a deal that will send Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov.
8-23-13: With new management on board, the Phoenix Suns seem to have finally established a plan for themselves and our on their way to a positive rebuild. The key offseason move for the Suns was the acquisition of young guard Eric Bledsoe who came over along with Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers. With the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, Phoenix selected the 7’1” Alex Len out of the University of Maryland (via Ukraine) and with the 29th overall pick they selected Archie Goodwin out of the University of Kentucky. New General Manager Ryan McDonough and new Head Coach Jeff Hornacek have their work cut out for them, but the talent level is without a doubt increasing in Phoenix.
The Suns will open their home season schedule on October 30th against the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Nash and his Los Angeles Lakers will return to Phoenix on Monday, December 23rd and again on Wednesday, January 15th. The Los Angeles Clippers will make their trips into Phoenix on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, April 2nd. The Miami Heat will make just one appearance in Arizona on Tuesday, February 11th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Portland Trail Blazers
- November 15th – Brooklyn Nets
- December 23rd – Los Angeles Lakers
- February 4th – Chicago Bulls
- February 11th – Miami Heat
7-27-13: The Suns are on the verge of trading center Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for swingman Gerald Green and future draft considerations.
7-1-13: The fifth overall pick in the NBA draft went to the Phoenix Suns and they selected Alex Len out of Maryland. Len is a shot blocking seven footer who can score with his back to the basket. Last year at Maryland the Ukrainian shot 53% from the field While also grabbing eight rebounds per game. At 7-1 and 255 pounds Len already has an NBA body. It will be interesting to see how his scoring ability Translates to the NBA game. Len Was projected high in this year's NBA draft so his position at fifth overall is no surprise. The Suns are also in rebuilding mode and will likely part ways with current center Marcin Gortat. Finishing dead last in the Western Conference certainly affected the Phoenix Suns average ticket prices for home games. Last year at 25 – 57 the Suns average ticket prices for home games was $95. Unless the Suns can improve in the win column expect ticket prices to remain the same or go down. It's Len pans out to be a force at center Suns could improve quickly but that is no guarantee.
Suns 2013 Draft Summary
Round 1, Pick 5: C Alex Len, Maryland. Round 1, Pick 29: PG Archie Goodwin, Kentucky (from OKC via Golden State). Round 2, Pick 27: F Alex Oriakhi, Missouri.
6-12-13: The Suns have fully entered rebuilding mode and the standing show it. Winning only 25 games this year, it was their worst winning output since before the Steve Nash era began. The Suns will select 5th overall in the draft but will also have to attend to their free agent center Marcin Gortat. Gortat was a key piece to the team’s offense and when he went down with an injury, it only made matters worse. Goran Dragic is a strong young point guard with a lot of potential. With added help the Suns can begin to rise once again in the near future.
11-26-12: The departure of Steve Nash hasn’t seemed to slow down the pace of the Phoenix Suns. At 6-8 they are still scoring over 100 points per game but also continue to have struggled defensively. The Suns give up a league worst 103 points per game. In order for them to climb the standing, this will have to change.