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The 2022 NBA Finals begin Thursday night, and the No. 1-seeded Phoenix Suns — a juggernaut that won 64 games, steamrolled everyone else in the standings by eight games and appeared to be the title favorite by pretty much every measure — are nowhere to be found. It’s been almost three weeks since the Suns’ humbling, traumatizing, 33-point loss in…...

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The Phoenix Suns were flat-out embarrassed in their Game 7 defeat against the Dallas Mavericks.

Last year in the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns lost four straight games for the first time all season, squandering a 2-0 series lead and falling short of the franchise’s first ever championship. This season, with a familiar but improved squad that won a league-best 64 games, they somehow found an even more disappointing way to go out. As Devin...

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The Phoenix Suns will put their 'best team in the world' claim to the test in Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks.

DALLAS — For the better part of the season, the Phoenix Suns have had one of the more entertaining, eye-popping pregame routines in the NBA. Amidst all the amusing handshakes, mini dance-offs and general commotion, any spectators in the vicinity just before the Suns take the court have been transfixed by their bold pregame ritual. The specifics change, but at the center of it all is usually the center hype man, JaVale McGee, saying they’ve got to “bring the dogs” before declaring the Suns to be the “best team in the motherf**king world!” Between the barking, the unbridled joy of that pregame circle and McGee’s audacious claim, it’d be easy to misinterpret Phoenix’s enthusiasm for arrogance. Plenty of arena staffers…

The Phoenix Suns looked more like their championship-caliber selves in Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks.

When the Phoenix Suns play like they did Tuesday night, they reach a peak that no other team in the NBA can match. They just haven’t done it consistently enough during these 2022 NBA Playoffs. For the second straight series, the Suns found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 through the four games. For the second straight series, they were met with...

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Here are 5 adjustments for the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks.

DALLAS — For the second time in these 2022 NBA Playoffs, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in a 2-2 dogfight. But after a second straight underwhelming performance on the road, they need to rediscover their identity on both ends of the floor. Game 3’s 103-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks was easy to chalk up as an aberration. The Suns...

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Here's how Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns picked apart Luka Doncic on the defensive end in Game 2.

“Golob” is the word of the day after Game 2. That’s Slovenian for “pigeon,” which is exactly what the Phoenix Suns turned Luka Doncic into Wednesday night. Make no mistake about it: Chris Paul and Monty Williams were hunting pigeon as ruthlessly and relentlessly as they have since Michael Porter Jr. in last year’s Western Conference semifinals. In a resounding 129-109 win, the Suns atoned for their lackluster close to Game 1 by throttling the Dallas Mavericks down the stretch. Trailing by 2 points at halftime, Phoenix outscored their second-round opponent 71-49 in the second half, including 40-26 in the final frame. What stood out most was how surgically efficient they were in those final two frames. The Suns shot…

Here are 5 observations from the Phoenix Suns' Game 1 win over the Dallas Mavericks in their second-round playoff matchup.

Game 1 of an NBA playoff series can often serve as a feeling-out process between two opponents. Whatever the Phoenix Suns felt through the first three quarters of their second-round matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, it wasn’t resistance — outside of one Slovenian superstar, that is. Despite a huge night from Luka Doncic in the scoring column, the Suns led...

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Here are five keys to the Phoenix Suns' second-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks.

Despite being the NBA’s top seed and winning a league-leading 64 games, the Phoenix Suns looked less like themselves during their first-round playoff matchup. Devin Booker’s absence for three games had a lot to do with it, but the New Orleans Pelicans tested them in that six-game series. Heading into the Western Conference semifinals, the Dallas Mavericks may be a...

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The Phoenix Suns closed out the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series thanks to a Chris Paul masterclass.

NEW ORLEANS — It was far more competitive than anyone expected, but the top-seeded Phoenix Suns closed out the New Orleans Pelicans with a 115-109 win in Game 6 on Thursday. Despite trailing by 10 points at halftime and playing in front of another roaring crowd at the Smoothie King Center, the reigning Western Conference finalists put away a scrappy...

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Mikal Bridges submitted the performance of his career in Game 5, providing a reminder of the Phoenix Suns' championship ceiling.

First things first: The Phoenix Suns aren’t winning a championship this year without a healthy Devin Booker. That much has become clear during their hard-fought first-round playoff series with the New Orleans Pelicans, which isn’t over yet by any means. But as the clock wound down in Game 5, with back-to-back dunks sending the Footprint Center into a frenzy, Mikal Bridges provided a nice reminder of this team’s championship ceiling when he plays like that. https://twitter.com/akaSD/status/1519192558261260288?s=20&t=ub0tQNzPvQ4OVCDOzd97Fg To be clear, no one is expecting the type of historically dominant two-way performance Bridges submitted Tuesday on a nightly basis. Still, finishing with a game- and playoff career-high 31 points, the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up showed yet again why he’s far…

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