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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…

Deandre Ayton kept his composure and showed he and the Phoenix Suns have their sights set on bigger goals.

For those curious about the current state of the Phoenix Suns’ long-running rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, Patrick Beverley body-checking Deandre Ayton in the back Tuesday night served as a pretty clear indication. The Lakers have 17 NBA championships, and the Suns have zero. In those terms, there’s no contest between the two. And yet, watching two of the league’s all-time winningest teams square off in another lopsided fight, it was easy to forget which franchise was which. One side talked trash while cruising to another double-digit victory; the other lost its composure and got ejected for it. It’s not the first time in recent years we’ve seen it from Suns-Lakers, and it’s not the first time the Suns…

The Phoenix Suns can take some tough-love lessons and some positives from their loss to the Miami Heat.

Thanks to Monday night’s 113-112 defeat, the Phoenix Suns have now lost three of their last four games and four of their last six. Technically speaking, they’re currently in a skid. Injuries (and one non-injury absence) have undoubtedly played a role in the Suns struggling to establish their identity, but their most recent loss painted a pretty clear picture — for better and for worse — of where they are right now. Following a game that came down to the final possession, and really shouldn’t have, let’s take a look at a few tough love lessons for the Suns, as well as a few undeniable positives. Tough Love Lesson No. 1: The free-throw disparity continues In a one-point game that…

Here are five observations from the Phoenix Suns' dismantling of the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors 134-105 Tuesday night in an unexpected beatdown of the defending NBA champions. While October wins mean very little in the grand scheme of things, it was a fun showdown between two teams that seemed to be on a Western Conference Finals collision course all of last year until the Suns failed to...

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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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Here are five observations from the Phoenix Suns' wild comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks.

For the first 24 excruciating minutes, the Phoenix Suns’ 2022-23 season opener felt like a continuation of their Game 7 annihilation back in May. Shots weren’t falling, Luka Doncic was smirking, the Dallas Mavericks were up by more than 20 and hope felt like it had been drained from The Footprint Center itself. At one point, the Suns had battled...

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After a life-changing summer, what's next for Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns?

There’s more to life than basketball, but as far as the Phoenix Suns are concerned, Devin Booker might be the only one who had a positive summer. While the team’s Game 7 collapse, COVID reports, Kevin Durant trade rumors, Deandre Ayton contract scenarios and the NBA’s horrific findings in the Robert Sarver investigation cast a pall over the offseason, from an individual standpoint, Booker had a life-changing couple of months. Heading into Year 8, Booker is the rare seasoned pro who still has yet to turn 26; the established superstar whose status in that tier is scrutinized even after a top-five MVP finish and All-NBA First Team selection; the celebrity hooper who seemingly has it made in the shade if…

Duane Washington Jr. is making his case for playing time on the Phoenix Suns.

Heading into the new season, everyone knew Duane Washington Jr. could score. Coach Monty Williams said as much throughout training camp, and he reiterated it Wednesday night after the Phoenix Suns’ preseason finale. “The scoring is something that we knew that he could do well,” Williams said with a slight smirk before his next comment. “He doesn’t have any fear,...

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The Phoenix Suns face a difficult task of focusing on basketball after the Robert Sarver investigation.

When general manager James Jones, coach Monty Williams and Phoenix Suns players took to the podium for Media Day 2022, the vast majority of the questions they fielded over the next five hours had little to do with basketball itself. In the wake of the NBA’s findings from an investigation into owner Robert Sarver’s pattern of racist, sexist and misogynistic...

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Here's what the Phoenix Suns discussed at 2022 Media Day.

After a summer stuffed with an embarrassing Game 7 loss; Deandre Ayton contract consternation; Kevin Durant trade rumors; the NBA’s findings in the Robert Sarver investigation; and now Jae Crowder’s not-so-private trade request, the Phoenix Suns held their annual Media Day on Monday morning. Here’s a look at a few of the biggest topics that general manager James Jones, coach...

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