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Mikal Bridges' leap as a playmaker will pay dividends for the Phoenix Suns in the long run.

Whenever Mikal Bridges is asked about a high-scoring night, a career-best season or almost any other type of on-court success, his response typically starts with a go-to phrase: “Just being aggressive.” As one of the more cliche phrases in the NBA, Bridges’ trademark answer is usually accompanied by giving credit to his coaches and teammates for trusting him, and it doesn’t always make for the most colorful or revealing quote. But in this particular case, Bridges’ favorite response is actually just blunt honesty: Staying aggressive has long been his biggest obstacle to a true breakthrough, and the Phoenix Suns need him to be aggressive now more than ever. Fortunately, he’s been up to the task over the last few weeks.…

Here are 5 observations from the Phoenix Suns' win over the Brooklyn Nets in the first game back for Cam Johnson.

Cam Johnson returned to the court Thursday night, and not so coincidentally, the Phoenix Suns felt more like the Phoenix Suns again. While Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Cam Payne were still sidelined, Johnson’s first bit of action in 37 games fueled the Suns’ 117-112 win over the Brooklyn Nets. It was closer than it should’ve been thanks to Kyrie Irving’s last-ditch efforts in the fourth quarter, but Phoenix did what it needed to down the stretch to eke out a precious win and help make up ground in the Western Conference standings. The Suns still have work to do at 22-24, but after spending 20 of the last 27 days on the road and watching guys go down left…

Cameron Johnson will provide a morale boost for the Phoenix Suns despite tempered expectations for his first game back.

After missing 37 games with a torn right meniscus, Cam Johnson will finally return to action against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. It’ll be Johnson’s first appearance since Nov. 4, and it’s the Phoenix Suns’ first bit of positive injury news in weeks. “It puts a lot of things in perspective,” he said. “It’s a blessing to have this as my job, to have the group around me that I do to help me get back to where I need to be. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back on the court.” At practice on Wednesday, coach Monty Williams confirmed Johnson has checked “every box possible” leading up to his return, but he’ll play limited minutes…

The Phoenix Suns need to face three fundamental truths holding them back from title contention.

Friday night represented the kind of get-right opportunity the Phoenix Suns have typically relished over the last three years. They were coming off a loss, which, in and of itself, was usually a winning recipe for a group of “sore losers” who own the NBA’s best record coming off a loss dating since 2020-21. They were embarrassed in that loss, getting gobsmacked by 27 points at home against the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. And that humiliation was the second course after an appetizer of humble pie 48 hours prior, when the team that sent them home in the playoffs in such embarrassing fashion whipped Phoenix by double digits. But instead of following up those inexplicable efforts against…

General manager James Jones spoke about his new title with the Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul's injury, the latest with Jae Crowder and more.

On Tuesday, general manager and newly appointed president of basketball operations James Jones spoke publicly for the first time since Phoenix Suns Media Day. Between his new title, injury updates, the ongoing Jae Crowder situation and the Suns’ 14-6 start that has them sitting in first place in the Western Conference, there was plenty to discuss. Here are the most notable takeaways from Jones’ 19-minute press conference. What comes with James Jones’ new title? In terms of his new title, not a ton will change for Jones on the Suns’ side of things, but he’s excited to be more involved with the Phoenix Mercury moving forward. “My efforts to continue to bolster both teams will continue,” he said. “That’s something…

The Phoenix Suns need more out of Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

Week by week, the Phoenix Suns have suffered blow after blow to their depth. What was once a strongest suit thanks to general manager James Jones’ 3×5 “index card” approach to team-building has become a glaring weakness, due to calculated mistakes over the summer as well as circumstances beyond the Suns’ control. Starting Cam Johnson over Jae Crowder would’ve zapped...

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Cam Johnson's knee injury will have many ripple effects on the Phoenix Suns.

One injury can change the trajectory of an entire season, and Cam Johnson’s right knee injury is no different for the Phoenix Suns. On Sunday morning, the team confirmed that the non-contact injury Johnson suffered in Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers was in fact a torn meniscus. The fourth-year forward will undergo surgery, and there is no timetable for his return. https://twitter.com/GeraldBourguet/status/1589303780327448578 Losing a starter on any title contender is a critical blow, but that’s especially true for a Suns squad that was already missing one starting-caliber player heading into the season. Even without the other minor, early-season injuries that are piling up, Phoenix is quickly running short on depth. “He’s a starter for us, so that’s always…

Cam Johnson is becoming a dangerous part of the Phoenix Suns' offense as a starter.

It was never going to happen overnight, but even before Jae Crowder’s trade request, Cam Johnson was meant for the starting job. He was always poised to thrive in that role on the offensive end, and although it’s taken him a few games to find his footing, the early returns look promising. Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves put all of that leaping potential on full display, calling back to something coach Monty Williams predicted a few weeks back. “Starting games every night, that’s going to be something that is different, but I think he welcomes that,” Williams said. “I think he’s wanted this for a long time. I’m sure there’s going to be an adjustment, but it’s not like…

Devin Booker looks ready to take his offense to a new level with the Phoenix Suns.

Three games is an aggressively small sample size, but make no mistake about it: Devin Booker is showing early signs that this will be the most complete scoring season of his career. It didn’t take reaching Year 8 for Booker to become an elite scorer; he’s already been that for a while now. When the Phoenix Suns finally presented him...

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