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Finishing their season with a 36-46 record, and needing two consecutive wins in the play-in tournament to make the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans feel like a typical 8-seed on paper. Unfortunately for the Phoenix Suns, that couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, this is a team that started 1-12 under first-year head coach Willie Green before righting…...

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Phoenix Suns big man Dario Saric spoke with the media for the first time in months.

For any basketball player, the dream of reaching the NBA Finals and winning a championship starts as a kid. For Dario Saric, that dream came crashing down in Game 1 of last year’s Finals, when he tore his ACL in his first two minutes on the court. Not only was he out for the rest of a series the Phoenix...

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Here's how the Phoenix Suns match up with the 4 play-in teams that could become their first-round opponent.

The Phoenix Suns have a full week off to rest, recuperate and prepare for another deep playoff run. With Game 1 set for Sunday at the Footprint Center, the only thing that’s left to be determined is who they’ll actually be playing. With the NBA’s play-in tournament unfolding this week, there are four possible opponents the Suns could face in...

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Mikal Bridges has an unconventional case for Defensive Player of the Year.

Now that the regular season is over, NBA awards voting closes on Monday. Perhaps it’s too little, too late, but Mikal Bridges’ unconventional case for Defensive Player of the Year deserves to see the light of day nonetheless. This year’s race feels underwhelming and wide open compared to recent years. Voter fatigue with Rudy Gobert helps, as does the Utah Jazz’s regression on that end of the floor. The Phoenix Suns’ second-ranked defense, per Cleaning the Glass, solidifies their best defender in Bridges as a legitimate DPOY candidate. Listen to his coach or his teammates talk about it, and there’s no question who they think should receive the award. https://twitter.com/Suns/status/1508568919145017347?s=20&t=GMrCWHJ7DbAaLCeUfe3Eig “He should be Defensive Player of the Year, number one,”…

Ish Wainright is making an emphatic case for one of the Phoenix Suns' final roster spots.

If the NBA playoffs started today, Ish Wainright wouldn’t be allowed to suit up for the Phoenix Suns. Wednesday’s blowout-turned-uplifting loss to the LA Clippers showed why that probably needs to change. In a game where the NBA’s No. 1 team rested Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul, and then trailed by as many as 39 points,...

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The Phoenix Suns had already locked up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and tied the franchise’s single-season wins record before Tuesday’s showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that didn’t prevent it from being memorable either. In one fell swoop, the Suns set a new franchise record with 63 wins and officially eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers from play-in contention...

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The Phoenix Suns haven't looked like themselves lately, but it's hardly a reason for concern.

The Phoenix Suns pride themselves on playing to a certain standard on a night-in, night-out basis. From the very first season under Monty Williams, they strived to build their identity as the team that would outwork their opponents. At the start, this young group didn’t have the talent to simply show up and win, so they set themselves apart by competing harder and being more prepared than whoever they were up against. Adding in Chris Paul, Jae Crowder and a handful of NBA veterans, not to mention seismic leaps from Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson, changed the equation a bit for the Suns. But even with that surge in talent, finding a solution to their current problem comes…

What Chris Paul is doing in Year 17 for the Phoenix Suns should not be lost on anyone.

As the clock struck zero on the Phoenix Suns’ 62nd win of the season Wednesday night, it was impossible not to think about how far this franchise has come. Their 60th win had already secured their place in league history as the third-fastest turnaround from the NBA’s worst to its best, and their 61st win ensured they were just the...

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Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams is a no-brainer for the NBA's 2021-22 Coach of the Year award.

Last June, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams was in his office when the NBA announced its Coach of the Year award winner. He had finished with media availability and left the door open — something Williams does regularly because he gets a kick out of the funny things he hears from players in the hallway, unaware their coach can hear everything that’s going on. But when the New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau was announced as the winner, Williams heard a commotion of a different nature, and it moved him. “I heard everybody in the hallway, they were so stinking upset and ticked and there were some things said, and I was like, ‘That was enough for me,'” Williams recalled.…

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