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Much like the summer of 2019, the biggest topic surrounding Devin Booker right now is double-teams. Or at least, it should be. But unlike those mind-numbingly stupid arguments about what should and shouldn’t fly in open gyms, this new narrative is a positive one: Book has mastered the very traps that inspired all those doubly lame jokes in the first…...

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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…

It was a rough week for Arizona sports… The Phoenix Suns have been struggling on the court after their season got off to a hot start, the Arizona Coyotes lost big time to the Edmonton Oilers. The Pac-12 has been all the buzz after Colorado hired Deion Sanders, but who will be better in their first year as head coach, Prime Time or Kenny Dillingham at Arizona State? Join Makayla Perkins and Chierstin Susel or another episode of THE Phoenix Sports Podcast!

After a second straight beatdown against the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns have some soul-searching to do.

One play early in the Boston Celtics’ beatdown of the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night spoke volumes about the game as a whole. In the first quarter, Grant Williams drove the lane, forcibly bodied Deandre Ayton to free himself up, and sunk a little floater right over the top. This was long before the score got out of hand, and DA was hardly the only one to blame for what followed, but the 6-foot-6 Grant hitting the 6-foot-11 Ayton with the “too small” gesture was the perfect representation of the night. On what should’ve been an uplifting occasion, with Chris Paul returning after a sore right heel sidelined him for 14 games, the Suns got demolished in a 27-point loss at…

Josh Okogie has been a bright spot despite the Phoenix Suns' injury troubles.

Joining a completely new NBA environment after spending four years in the same place requires an adjustment. That’s especially true for Josh Okogie, who went from playing consistent minutes during his time on non-contending Minnesota Timberwolves teams to struggling for playing time on a Phoenix Suns squad with title aspirations. Now in his fifth NBA season, Okogie is averaging career-lows in points, minutes and shooting percentages across the board. On a roster this deep, it’s hard to guarantee minutes for any reserve, especially one shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 3-for-23 from deep. But Okogie’s first brush with free agency prepared him for a different role, as long as it meant being on a winning team. That adjustment process…

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…

Damion Lee has rapidly become an indispensable piece of the Phoenix Suns bench.

By all accounts, Damion Lee wasn’t expected to be where he is right now. Lee said as much when he told Suns.com that, due to oxygen problems, he came out of the womb purple, and doctors were concerned whether he’d be all right. After going undrafted, suffering two torn ACLs — one in college, the other in the G League — might have been an unscalable obstacle for some players. Even joining a title contender like the Phoenix Suns on a veteran minimum contract, expectations were tempered. And yet, even through all of that adversity, Lee persevered, bringing him to this exact moment where he’s become an intrinsic piece of Phoenix’s second unit. “Everybody says, ‘I’m blessed, I’m thankful to…

Deandre Ayton has had an uneven start to the season, but he's pushing toward a new norm for the Phoenix Suns.

Coming off a playoff run and offseason that didn’t go according to plan, it was only fitting that Deandre Ayton’s start to the 2022-23 campaign followed suit. His widely publicized Game 7 spat with Monty Williams, rampant trade rumors, the fact that he had to sign an offer sheet with another team to force the Phoenix Suns’ hand in contract negotiations, whether he and his coach actually spoke over the summer — all of it loomed overhead (to say nothing of the Robert Sarver investigation). So despite his usual pre-season talk about wanting to take over games and dominate in all facets, the first month of Ayton’s fifth season largely underwhelmed. Through 12 games, he was averaging 14.6 points, a…

Patrick Beverley suspended for cheap shot on Deandre Ayton; DeAndre Hopkins ‘steroid boy’? Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverly was suspended after an altercation with Deandre Ayton during their game against the Phoenix Suns. AND, 49ers DB Charvarius Ward makes uncalled for remarks about DeAndre Hopkins following their win over the Arizona Cardinals. PLUS, the Arizona State Sun Devils and University of Arizona Wildcats go head to head in their annual Territorial Cup rivalry game, but does it even have meaning anymore?

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