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In a battle between the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the No. 1 seed in the East Wednesday night, it wasn’t close. In a 111-90 road shellacking, the Phoenix Suns made the Miami Heat look like the team that was playing on the second night of a back-to-back, not the other way around. Despite falling short in…...

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Landry Shamet is rounding into form at the perfect time for the shorthanded Phoenix Suns.

Missing your two best players will force any team to rely on depth, but not all teams are capable of delivering when their roster is stretched thin. For the Phoenix Suns, the recent absences of Chris Paul and Devin Booker (not to mention Cam Johnson) have given Landry Shamet a golden opportunity to begin his redemption tour. So far, he’s...

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Deandre Ayton and the shorthanded Phoenix Suns came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA Finals rematch.

The Phoenix Suns’ second NBA Finals rematch of the 2021-22 season lost a bit of its luster without Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Cam Johnson on the court, but their absence didn’t stop it from being a phenomenal game. While the Suns came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks on the road, 132-122, the game was far closer than the...

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The Phoenix Suns will be without Chris Paul, Devin Booker and now Cam Johnson as they return to Milwaukee for the first time since the NBA Finals.

Coming off Friday’s thrilling, last-second home win over the New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns have embarked on a three-game road trip. Sunday features an early-afternoon matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks in their second NBA Finals rematch of the season. After that, the Suns head to Orlando and Miami for a back-to-back in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since yours truly will be on the road covering all of it, here are a few minor updates from Saturday’s practice. The latest on Cam Johnson We already waxed poetic about Cam Johnson’s career night, but it might already be time to go back and appreciate what an awesome performance it was considering how banged up he was the entire night. Aside…

Cam Johnson's career night and game-winning 3 are the exact reason the Phoenix Suns need to keep him.

Cam Johnson may have started his week with lemonade, but he closed it with a peach. In a career performance Friday night, Johnson provided a superhuman effort that pushed the Phoenix Suns past the visiting New York Knicks at the buzzer. Finishing with a career-high 38 points on 11-of-16 shooting, the 26-year-old sniper supplied all the offense this team could’ve...

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The Phoenix Suns are 1-2 without Chris Paul. Here are some observations about what we've seen from Devin Booker and the rest of the supporting cast.

Sunday’s matinee showdown with the Utah Jazz was the type of game the Phoenix Suns usually win. It was at home, where they were 26-6 entering the day. It was against a winning team, which they were a league-best 21-7 against. And it involved crunch-time, a special trigger that unlocked an NBA-best 25-3 record whenever pulled. But for the first...

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The Phoenix Suns' crunch-time dominance extends far beyond Chris Paul and Devin Booker.

The Phoenix Suns are the most clutch team in the NBA, full stop. They also might be the greatest regular-season clutch team in NBA history, and it goes far beyond having two elite closers like Chris Paul and Devin Booker. After Tuesday’s 103-96 win over the LA Clippers, the Suns improved to a league-best 23-3 record in games involving crunch-time,...

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The Phoenix Suns can still learn a few lessons from Monday's shorthanded loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Monday’s literal last-second loss to the Memphis Grizzlies was just about as close to an outlier as you could get for the Phoenix Suns — not because the Grizz are a bad team or anything like that, but because it was so far outside the norms of what this group is capable of at full strength. Playing without Deandre Ayton,...

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Deandre Ayton is quickly becoming a pick-and-roll master with the Phoenix Suns.

In Tuesday night’s overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Deandre Ayton’s Herculean return to action was the big headline. And why wouldn’t it be? After missing two games with a non-COVID illness, and with the Phoenix Suns still missing Devin Booker on top of Frank Kaminsky, Abdel Nader, Jalen Smith and Dario Saric, Ayton put up a season-high 28 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in a whopping 45 minutes. He shot 12-for-17 from the floor, played an impossibly long stint when JaVale McGee got in foul trouble and provided yet another reminder why he’s going to get paid next summer. But it wasn’t just the sheer numbers in a big road win on the second night of a…

Landry Shamet was getting comfortable with the Phoenix Suns even before Devin Booker went down.

Landry Shamet has oddly become a scapegoat for Phoenix Suns fans. It could be due to his arrival forcing the departure of a fan favorite like Jevon Carter. Maybe it’s because of the timing of Shamet’s 4-year, $43 million extension right at the deadline, while Deandre Ayton was left hanging. Or perhaps it’s simply because, with knockdown shooters, there’s a...

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