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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.…

Duane Washington's opportunity with the Phoenix Suns comes by necessity, but he can still help this team in its time of need.

When teams are decimated by injuries and losing streaks, the only things that shine through dark times are silver linings and golden opportunities. For the Phoenix Suns, Duane Washington Jr. represents both. The Suns are limping through a brutal stretch that’s testing their mental resolve. They’ve lost six straight games and 15 of their last 20. Devin Booker has missed more than two weeks of action with a left groin strain and won’t be re-evaluated for another two. Cam Payne’s right foot sprain won’t be re-evaluated for two weeks. Cam Johnson’s been out for more than two months, and now Chris Paul — who missed a month earlier in the season — will miss his second straight game on Tuesday…

Here's how the Phoenix Suns are mentally approaching their ongoing skid at the make-or-break point of their season.

The Phoenix Suns have reached the potential breaking point of their season. Coming off a 2021 NBA Finals run and a 64-win campaign that ended far sooner than anyone expected, the next few weeks could determine whether this group’s immediate title window remains propped open or is abruptly slammed shut. Lately, it’s appearing more like the latter. After starting with a 15-6 record that was good for first place in the Western Conference and third-best in the NBA overall, the Suns have gone 5-14, plummeting back down to .500 territory. Suffice it to say these are uncharted waters for most of the guys on the roster. “We’re not used to losing so much, so it’s different for us,” Torrey Craig…

Josh Okogie has become a highlight machine and legitimate X-factor for the Phoenix Suns.

December hasn’t been kind to the Phoenix Suns, but amidst their 5-9 record and mounting injury woes, Josh Okogie sure has been. In fact, he’s been nothing short of an X-factor handily exceeding his contract value during one of the team’s most trying stretches of the season. Landing in Phoenix on a veteran minimum deal, Okogie’s first brush with free...

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The Phoenix Suns lost a brutal game in overtime to the Denver Nuggets on Christmas, with Devin Booker going down with a groin injury.

Christmas Day provided Arizona sports fans with not one, but two overtime losses, as the Phoenix Suns followed in the Cardinals’ footsteps during the NBA’s late-night game. In Sunday’s 128-125 road loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Suns fell to 19-15 on the season. The loss was twofold, as Devin Booker’s return from a groin injury only lasted about four minutes before he had to be pulled for the rest of the night. Nikola Jokic slapped up a 41-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist stat line against Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul missed half his free throws, and once again, the Suns wasted a career night from Landry Shamet. It’s not all bad news, but in a high-profile game where so much happened, here…

Chris Paul is starting to look more comfortable in his new role with the Phoenix Suns.

As the third all-time assist leader in NBA history, even Chris Paul needs to be told to shoot sometimes. Lately, the message seems to be sinking in a bit deeper. On Monday, Paul’s season-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting served as the catalyst behind the Phoenix Suns’ 130-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing without Devin Booker, who’s carried this team for most of the season, not to mention a host of other key players, the Suns needed it. “I told him, I could tell when he came out here with his pace, his tone, the shots he was taking, I kind of knew it was gonna be a big night for him,” Torrey Craig said. “And I love…

Devin Booker carried the Phoenix Suns to a 24-point comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans, but it's not a sustainable formula for success.

Devin Booker has had some memorable and historic performances in his eight-year career, but Saturday’s masterpiece may be his finest yet. It wasn’t just Booker’s season-high 58 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. It wasn’t the 25 straight points he scored for the Phoenix Suns to bridge the third and fourth quarters, and it wasn’t the stunning nature of their 118-114 comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans — the current 2-seed in the Western Conference who have had their number lately — after trailing by as many as 24 points. Booker has been in situations where he’s basically had to score half his team’s points. He’s scored more than 58 points in a game before, after all. But what…

The Phoenix Suns have lost 5 straight games, proving Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton aren't second options at this point.

As currently constructed, the Phoenix Suns don’t feel like title contenders. “Feel” can be a tricky thing to get a proper handle on when so many key pieces have been in and out of the lineup. This is not an excuse for the Suns’ current five-game losing streak or their ongoing slide down the Western Conference standings, nor is it a denial of the fact that something drastic needs to change with this roster’s genetic makeup if they want to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2023. But perhaps the most frustrating part is how good this shorthanded stretch is for evaluating certain players on the roster…and how terrible it is for doing so with the lump sum of Phoenix’s…

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…

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