8:20 AM EST, Fri January 18, 2019
9 hours ago
Locked On Suns Thursday: Devin Booker returns to form but Suns lose to Raptors at the buzzer

Locked On Suns Thursday: Devin Booker returns to form but Suns lose to Raptors at the buzzer

The star playmaker looks healthy and that may be all that matters, but it would have been nice to steal a win on the road over the Raptors. We break down The Pascal Siakam Game, as this one will probably forever be known. Despite Devin Booker’s 30-8 game and magical second half, the Raptors’ depth stole the show at home. Without Kawhi Leonard, Toronto managed a 2-point victory over the Suns. We also hit on the inevitable Kelly Oubre Jr./T.J. Warren swap as Warren’s funk continues, the poor play from the rookie point guards and Deandre Ayton not taking a single shot in the second...
10 hours ago
Quick Recap: Suns lose thriller to Raptors at buzzer, 111-109

Quick Recap: Suns lose thriller to Raptors at buzzer, 111-109

Pascal Siakam made a lefty layup at the buzzer to win it for Toronto. The Suns had yet another awful first quarter, then later somehow gave up seven points on a single possession to the Raptors as Josh Jackson got ejected for a bad flagrant foul. On the road. Against the second-best team in the East. So you might be surprised to hear the Suns had a lead in the final two minutes? Why yes. That actually happened. But then the Raptors raptored. Pascal Siakam drew a foul made the free throws to tie it, then Kyle Lowry got a very physical throw-TJ-to-the-floor-while-grabbing-the-ball steal and...
13 hours ago
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-34) vs. Toronto Raptors (33-13)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-34) vs. Toronto Raptors (33-13)

Kawhi vs. Booker, whose got this round? What: Phoenix Suns (11-34) at Toronto Raptors (33-13) When: Thursday, 5:30 PM AZ Time Where: Up in the Great White North Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM Probable starters: Suns - De’Anthony Melton, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
21 hours ago
Game Preview: Suns try to regain footing against the Raptors

Game Preview: Suns try to regain footing against the Raptors

Road trip continues with a stint across the border. What: Phoenix Suns (11-34) at Toronto Raptors (33-13) When: Thursday, 5:30 PM AZ Time Where: Up in the Great White North Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM The hits just keep on coming. Tonight, the West cellar dweller Phoenix Suns get another chance to beat one of the best teams in the league. The Toronto Raptors are have won the second-most games in the East in their quest to convince Kawhi Leonard to stay in Canada long term. Part of the challenge is keeping him happy all year, but a larger part is simply how they do in the...
Jan 17, 2019
VIDEO: Karaoke among Suns rookies delivers about what you’d expect

VIDEO: Karaoke among Suns rookies delivers about what you’d expect

Okobo, Bridges, Ayton, and Melton battle for singing supremacy. Phoenix Suns rookies were tasked with performing karaoke at this week’s 2019 Jump Ball Gala, and the youngsters did not disappoint. The musical performances replaced the dancing exhibition we’ve been treated to in years past. Elie Okobo, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton, and De’Anthony Melton all had a turn with the mic. You're not going to want to miss "Rookie Karaoke" on this week's episode of The Outlet! Watch here: https://t.co/YJL51xsjSG Listen here: https://t.co/WaCFxsYTys@EASPORTSNBA | #NBALIVE19...
Jan 16, 2019
Locked On Suns Wednesday: The all Devin Booker episode

Locked On Suns Wednesday: The all Devin Booker episode

We break down all things Devin Booker: his All-Star candidacy, comparisons to other players around the league, why his shot isn’t falling this year and what needs to change going forward. We break down everything having to do with Suns star Devin Booker in a jam-packed off-day episode. First, a look at this fall to the bottom of the Western Conference voting rankings for guards, behind lesser players like Lonzo Ball. Then, a breakdown of who in the league is the right comparison for Booker at this point in the year, such as Bradley Beal and CJ McCollum. Finally, a dive into what’s gone...
Jan 16, 2019
Kelly Oubre Jr.’s emergence is not only bringing questions about the starting lineup, but long-term roster construction

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s emergence is not only bringing questions about the starting lineup, but long-term roster construction

Oubre Jr. should soon be a starter, but his ideal fit within Igor Kokoskov’s system means it’s time to talk about that million dollar wing question. Kelly Oubre Jr. seemed to be the Suns’ Plan B after their Dillon Brooks debacle in a previous trade negotiation involving Memphis and Washington, but he’s starting to really thrive within his new role with them. Not only has he helped lead the Suns toward being No. 1 in steals and deflections since joining the rotation on Dec. 19, but Oubre Jr. is truly becoming an energy spark this team has missed dearly. Oubre Jr. has averaged 13...
Jan 16, 2019
The Suns passed on Luka Doncic, and that’s okay

The Suns passed on Luka Doncic, and that’s okay

The Phoenix Suns took Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the top overall draft pick last June, just like nearly every other league General Manager would have done. While independent scouts thought Luka Doncic might be better, the ones whose jobs depend on their draft picks knew that Ayton was the safer choice. Ayton has a ceiling as a once-in-a-generation talent with a body chiseled from the Basketball Player Sculpting Factory. Then they infused his joints and fibers with rare athleticism, his muscles and bones with health serum, and his brain and nervous system with superior body control and...
Jan 15, 2019
Locked On Suns Tuesday: Start Kelly Oubre Jr.

Locked On Suns Tuesday: Start Kelly Oubre Jr.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, they say. Well, despite success last week for the Suns without Devin Booker, the same problem starting games reared its head again against the Pacers. It’s time. In a 34-point loss on the road in Indiana, swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. was somehow a plus-1 in the box score. The Suns’ most consistent player the past two weeks needs to take up his rightful place in the starting unit. We hit on Oubre Jr.’s consistency and fit in coach Igor Kokoskov’s offense, Devin Booker’s foul trouble and poor scoring night, the defense and more. Plus, why nights like...
Jan 15, 2019
Quick Recap: Suns demolished by Pacers as defense disappears, 131-97

Quick Recap: Suns demolished by Pacers as defense disappears, 131-97

This game was never close after the first five minutes or so. So much for that defensive improvement with the Suns. They ran into a buzzsaw tonight with Indiana, one of the hottest teams in the NBA finding its groove at the right time. Being near the bottom of the standings, this game shows truly how far Phoenix still needs to go until they can flip that switch. The Suns cut down the lead to nine early in the third quarter, but then it ballooned all the way up past 30 late. Honestly, this lack of defensive effort and lack of rhythm was surprising after their recent week-long stretch where...
Jan 15, 2019
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-33) vs. Indiana Pacers (28-14)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (11-33) vs. Indiana Pacers (28-14)

Does Devin Booker’s return mean the Suns pull off the upset in Indiana? Probable starters: Suns - De’Anthony Melton, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton Pacers - Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner Bright Side readers, let’s chat throughout tonight’s game in the comments section below. Booker’s Suns versus Oladipo’s Pacers should be tons of fun to watch.
Jan 15, 2019
Preview: Suns try to maintain winning defense versus Pacers as Devin Booker returns

Preview: Suns try to maintain winning defense versus Pacers as Devin Booker returns

How will the Suns fare in Indianapolis tonight? What: Phoenix Suns visit the Indiana Pacers When: 5:00 p.m. AZ Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM Probable starters: Suns - De’Anthony Melton, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton Pacers - Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner Suns OffRtg - 104.2 (28th), DefRtg - 112.0 (28th), NetRtg = minus-7.8 (27th) Booker is back, everybody. That changes a ton for the Suns, who have struggled to score effectively and consistently without their star. Even...
Jan 15, 2019
Devin Booker needs to fit into recent Suns success rather than take team back over

Devin Booker needs to fit into recent Suns success rather than take team back over

When Booker returns to the lineup on this road trip, he needs to make sure the other guys don’t fade back into the woodwork. In three and a half seasons, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has lofted himself into the rare air of the league’s youngest big-time scorers in history, both in pure scoring and in efficiency for his age and scoring volume. He’s been called a future All-Star by living legend LeBron James, a star in the making by Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving and a young player Jimmy Butler “really likes.” This season, he’s added more playmaking to his arsenal, dishing 6.9...
Jan 14, 2019
Woj: Suns are engaged in ongoing trade discussions for Dennis Smith Jr.

Woj: Suns are engaged in ongoing trade discussions for Dennis Smith Jr.

Things seem to be heating up quick as we near the trade deadline. Following an initial report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on Friday about Orlando and Phoenix being interested in Dennis Smith Jr., it seems like talks have ramped up even further. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks have escalated trade discussions about moving the No. 9 pick from the 2017 draft as Luka Doncic continues to emerge as their star. The Dallas Mavericks are escalating discussions to find a trade for point guard Dennis Smith Jr., league sources tell ESPN. Phoenix and Orlando...
Jan 14, 2019
SUNS PRACTICE REPORT: Devin Booker likely to play Tuesday against Pacers

SUNS PRACTICE REPORT: Devin Booker likely to play Tuesday against Pacers

Booker says his teammates can’t get comfortable losing no matter what their record is. Devin Booker was looking back to normal at practice Monday, going one-on-one against Josh Jackson and Élie Okobo. He was also rocking the headband, which he seems to play pretty well in. Booker came over to media drenched in sweat, out of breath. He enjoyed getting back out there on the court with his guys. Headband Book said practice was intense today. You can sense that with the amount of sweat dripping off his face and heavy breathing pic.twitter.com/YzM6ZpC5d6— Ashley Nevel (@AshleyNevel)...