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Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 11, 2019
Solar Panel, ep. 113: Grading the NBA trade deadline, for Suns and around the NBA

Solar Panel, ep. 113: Grading the NBA trade deadline, for Suns and around the NBA

What did the Suns do? On this episode of the Solar Panel, the guys have their takes on the trade deadline around the league as well as with the Phoenix Suns. You also get some juicy nuggets on tangential Suns topics — we always try share something you might not already know about the history of the Suns, though in a much less trivia-winning way than some other Suns pods. Other topics include: What’s the deal with Tyler Johnson? Who had the best trade deadline, across the league? Is Lavar Ball worth acquiring? Were Markelle Fultz or Jabari Parker worth acquiring? Has Josh Jackson turned...
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 11, 2019
Center of the Sun:  Suns fall to 11-47 with one game left before All-Star break

Center of the Sun:  Suns fall to 11-47 with one game left before All-Star break

24 games left in yet another season that has crushed the hopes of Suns fans. Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. Game Recaps vs Houston Rockets L (118-110) Full Recap @ Utah Jazz L (116-88) Full Recap vs Golden State Warriors L (117-107) Full Recap @ Sacramento Kings L (117-104) Full Recap I dare say that few Suns fans were pleased with last week. Not only did the Suns lose all four games and extended their losing streak to 14 games but also left us completely underwhelmed at the trade deadline. Personally, I am pleased - a little - with them for acquiring Tyler Johnson...
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 10, 2019
Recap: Kings cruise to easy 117-104 victory over Suns

Recap: Kings cruise to easy 117-104 victory over Suns

Phoenix has now lost 14 straight games. The Sacramento Kings (30-26) pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back, rolling to a 117-104 victory against the Phoenix Suns (11-47) behind a career-high 32 points from Marvin Bagley III. The Suns were in early Sunday afternoon mode to start off the game, with the Kings pulling out to a 15-6 advantage while trying to exploit a size advantage of Nemanja Bjelica over the combination of Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges. With the return of Devin Booker and Tyler Johnson making his first start, DeAndre Ayton was the only size in Phoenix’s...
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Devin Booker returns, but Suns fall flat in Sacramento for 14th straight loss

Devin Booker returns, but Suns fall flat in Sacramento for 14th straight loss

Devin Booker came back from injury, Tyler Johnson started at point guard – but the losing continued for the Phoenix Suns.         
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 10, 2019
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-46) vs. Sacramento Kings (29-26)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-46) vs. Sacramento Kings (29-26)

Will the Suns finally snap their losing skid? Probable starters: Suns - Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Dragan Bender, Deandre Ayton Kings - De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Nemanja Bjelica, Willie Cauley-Stein Bright Side readers, let’s chat throughout the game in the comments section below. How will the Suns fare with Booker back in the lineup?
Valley of the Suns Feb 9, 2019

The Phoenix Suns should take a look at Henry Ellenson

The trade deadline buzzer sounded and now it’s buyout season. One player just waived is exactly the type of chance the Phoenix Suns should take. When the Phoenix Suns traded Ryan Anderson to the Miami Heat for Tyler Johnson, they also acquired Wayne Ellington. He was waived and will sign with the Detroit Pistons, who […] The Phoenix Suns should take a look at Henry Ellenson - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
After punting on vast improvement, what trade targets make sense for the Suns this offseason?

After punting on vast improvement, what trade targets make sense for the Suns this offseason?

With Tyler Johnson’s salary on the books, it makes trade the more likely route compared to free agency. Following the surprising trade for Tyler Johnson before the Feb. 7 deadline, the Suns are sitting in a new position. Gone is the max cap space that owner Robert Sarver suggested they were preserving in preseason (Ryan Anderson’s salary was reduced so they could waive and stretch his contract at the end of this season; that won’t be happening with Johnson), but this indicates possibly a realization of how this free agency period would go for them. At the moment, possessing an abysmal...
‘We competed our ass off’: Suns can keep up with West’s best if they play the right way

‘We competed our ass off’: Suns can keep up with West’s best if they play the right way

Despite losses to Golden State and Houston, the Suns showed the progress they’ve made playing aggressively and executing the game plan. “You have to fail.” Tyler Johnson has only been around the Suns for two days but he might as well be summing up their entire season. In fact he’s not even talking about the broader structure of a season but his own tribulations in his first game as a Sun, learning Igor Kokoskov’s ball-movement heavy offense. Johnson is saying in order to improve and gain consistency one must try, screw up and understand how to move forward. This week, in three...
Tyler Johnson on being an old guy in the Suns locker room: ‘Super weird’

Tyler Johnson on being an old guy in the Suns locker room: ‘Super weird’

Johnson gets a chance to be a sage veteran with his five years of league experience. When Tyler Johnson joined the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, he became the third oldest player on the entire 15-man roster and the second-oldest regular rotation player. T.J. Warren is the only player over 23 years old getting more than 18 minutes per game since the departures of Trevor Ariza and Isaiah Canaan. Johnson is only 26 years old, in his fifth year in the NBA. “Yeah, dude, it’s super weird,” Johnson replied with a chuckle when I asked what it’s like to be one of the oldest guys in the locker...
Phoenix Suns play defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors down to wire in 10-point loss

Phoenix Suns play defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors down to wire in 10-point loss

Phoenix players Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson, Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson reflect on Friday nights 117-107 loss to Golden State.         
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-45) vs. Golden State Warriors (38-15)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-45) vs. Golden State Warriors (38-15)

Phoenix goes toe-to-toe with the defending champions. Probable starters: Suns - Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, Deandre Ayton Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins Bright Side readers, let your voice be heard throughout tonight’s game in the comments section below. Will the Suns keep it close against Golden State’s mega lineup? Let’s find out right now. Update: Booker is out with right hamstring tightness. Johnson will play, but isn’t starting.
Tyler Johnson helps the Suns now, but becomes critical to offseason plans as big expiring contract

Tyler Johnson helps the Suns now, but becomes critical to offseason plans as big expiring contract

Johnson helps Phoenix slightly on the margins this season, but this move puts into question what direction they plan on going in. When the Suns traded Ryan Anderson for Tyler Johnson — Wayne Ellington was also included in the deal for further salary relief but was waived Thursday — my first reaction was probably like many others. Huh? However, the more I thought about it, the more I think it makes sense when it comes to how Phoenix will play their cards this offseason. And also switching out Anderson, who was on the end of the Suns’ bench, for a likely starter is a win in the...
Sadly, Tyler Johnson is the best guard next to Devin Booker since Eric Bledsoe

Sadly, Tyler Johnson is the best guard next to Devin Booker since Eric Bledsoe

The Suns level of competence will rise the rest of this season with a mid-career rotational guard added to the lineup. When the Phoenix Suns sent the body of Ryan Anderson to Miami in exchange for combo guard Tyler Johnson, Suns fans collectively shrugged and turned back to their social media feeds for something bigger and better. But after the deadline passed, we all realized that was the only move the Suns would make. And we were underwhelmed. Now let’s meet Johnson, who will immediately step into a starting guard role next to Devin Booker (when healthy). Johnson is an undrafted kid who...
Valley of the Suns Feb 8, 2019

The Phoenix Suns trade for Tyler Johnson was a good move

The Phoenix Suns pulled off a trade the day before the NBA trade deadline. It wasn’t an exciting move but it was a good one. The Phoenix Suns made a trade before the deadline and although it wasn’t a pretty one, it was not a bad one. The team didn’t bring in a flashy play […] The Phoenix Suns trade for Tyler Johnson was a good move - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Preview: Suns encounter Golden State buzzsaw

Preview: Suns encounter Golden State buzzsaw

The Warriors have won 13 of their last 14 games, and four of those outings they dropped at least 140 points. Uh oh. What: Phoenix Suns host the Golden State Warriors When: 7:00 p.m. AZ time Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM Probable starters Suns - Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, Deandre Ayton Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins Warriors OffRtg - 116.0 (1st), DefRtg - 108.6 (13th), NetRtg = 7.4 (2nd) This is an easy answer, if you didn’t know, but the Warriors are still...

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