12:21 PM EDT, Sun October 21, 2018
10 hours ago
Locked On Suns Saturday: An uneven performance in 119-91 loss to Nuggets

Locked On Suns Saturday: An uneven performance in 119-91 loss to Nuggets

We parse through the real problems that led to a blowout in Denver. On today’s episode, we recap the Suns’ 119-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets, which wasn’t as terrible as the score would indicate. Between poor shooting, poor transition defense, too many turnovers and foul trouble for Deandre Ayton, there were plenty of issues for the Suns on Saturday night. But most of the problems were fixable — stuff that a good coach can fix and hardworking players can overcome. We talk about the difference between struggling and growing in our recap. Listen, rate and review on Apple Podcasts,...
11 hours ago
Quick Recap: Nuggets steamroll Suns, 119-91

Quick Recap: Nuggets steamroll Suns, 119-91

The Suns fell down to Earth with a rough opening road loss in Denver. The exact opposite for the Phoenix Suns ended up happening compared to Wednesday’s season opener. Instead of keeping it close against the Nuggets, Denver cruised to victory led by Nikola Jokic’s dominant performance where he had 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists on 11-11 field goal attempts. Whether it was Deandre Ayton or Tyson Chandler, neither had a chance against Jokic. There were some bright spots in the 119-91 loss, even though the competitiveness in this game went away early in the second half once there...
15 hours ago
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (1-0) vs. Denver Nuggets (1-0)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (1-0) vs. Denver Nuggets (1-0)

Will the Suns start 2-0 for the first time in four years? After possibly the best game to go down in Talking Stick Resort Arena in years, the Suns are back in action on the road against a very formidable opponent. Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will be hosting Phoenix, and it’s a matchup filled with intriguing storylines. Check out today’s game preview for more thoughts on this Western Conference tilt. Probable starters: Suns - Isaiah Canaan, Devin Booker, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Deandre Ayton Nuggets - Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
21 hours ago
Preview: Phoenix Suns aim for first 2-0 start since 2014 against Denver Nuggets

Preview: Phoenix Suns aim for first 2-0 start since 2014 against Denver Nuggets

Will the Suns fly into Denver and pull off the upset? It would definitely be another shot of adrenaline to the fan base. What: Phoenix Suns visit the Denver Nuggets When: 6:00 PM PT Where: Pepsi Center Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM When was the last time the Suns had this much excitement around them, especially after the season opener? It’s been years, but the direction finally seems to be pointing the right way behind talents like Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. It’s been four years since the Suns started a season off by going 2-0. It would be the first time in Booker’s...
Oct 20, 2018
T.J. Warren reminds us he’s still a player

T.J. Warren reminds us he’s still a player

Warren appears to be owning his role as the first man off the bench who needs to score, but also stay within the offense So many moves made the last two summers appeared to nudge starting forward T.J. Warren further and further into the Phoenix Suns past rather than its present or future. The natural small forward started next to rising star Devin Booker the last two seasons, but during that time the Suns drafted like-sized players at #4 overall (Josh Jackson, 2017) and #10 overall (Mikal Bridges, 2018) before spending all their free agent money this summer on 10-year veteran Trevor...
Oct 19, 2018
After an outstanding season opener, Devin Booker is ready to arrive on the national scene

After an outstanding season opener, Devin Booker is ready to arrive on the national scene

The Suns’ $158 million dollar man put up 35 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds against Dallas, oh, and it was only on 19 field goal attempts. Get ready for another Booker leap, and more national respect and notoriety from general NBA fans. When was the last time the Phoenix Suns had a transcendent star? Outside of two-time MVP Steve Nash, Devin Booker is seemingly next up in this position following his coming out party on ESPN in the Suns’ season opener. Wednesday’s game against Dallas was the first competitive action for Booker in just over seven months. And there definitely was no rust,...
Oct 19, 2018
Fanning the Flames: Elbow deep into the burning flames of the resurgent Phoenix Suns

Fanning the Flames: Elbow deep into the burning flames of the resurgent Phoenix Suns

To help these Suns rise from the... ok that might be too far. There were no ashes left, it’s been so long... What a performance on opening night by the Phoenix Suns! Is Devin Booker an MVP candidate? Is Deandre Ayton going to win Rookie of the Year? Is this team going to make the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history? OK, OK, we’re getting way ahead of ourselves. But, the Suns’ dominating win over the Dallas Mavericks on opening night was a positive step that all Suns fans have been waiting to see. In this episode of Fanning the Flames, we dig into the Suns’ opening...
Oct 19, 2018
Jamal Crawford on board for whatever role Phoenix Suns coach wants

Jamal Crawford on board for whatever role Phoenix Suns coach wants

Crawford says he trusts coach Igor’s vision for the team. Along the sidelines during Wednesday’s home opener, I couldn’t help notice a man in a dark suit on his feet in the huddle, constantly talking to the players during timeouts, getting in their ears, even gathering them around him as they waited by the scorer’s table for an extra-long TV timeout to end. It wasn’t a coach. Or a long time teammate. That animated talker was 18-year vet Jamal Crawford who’d just signed his one-year, league-minimum deal with the Suns earlier that day and wasn’t active in time for the...
Oct 19, 2018
Latest draft news tilts Mikal Bridges trade in the Suns’ favor

Latest draft news tilts Mikal Bridges trade in the Suns’ favor

ESPN is reporting the NBA will not make any changes to the one-and-done rule until at least 2022. The contentious draft-night trade between the Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers continues to favor the Suns. After a preseason injury to Zhaire Smith, the Sixers’ guy at 16 after acquiring the pick from Phoenix, the future first-rounder given up by the Suns just became less valuable. Not only were pessimists about the deal concerned that from Phoenix’s perspective, the 2021 Miami Heat first-rounder was too valuable to move up six slots in the draft, but that the pick could get even more...
Oct 18, 2018
Locked On Suns Thursday: Next-day thoughts on Mavs/Suns, and we catch up with Jeff Siegel of UPROXX and Forbes

Locked On Suns Thursday: Next-day thoughts on Mavs/Suns, and we catch up with Jeff Siegel of UPROXX and Forbes

We talk about what’s gone on with the Suns since Jeff was last on, from free agency to a GM swap to last night’s home win. On today’s episode, we reconvene to break down the Suns’ big win over Dallas and catch up with Jeff Siegel of UPROXX and Forbes on what’s new this year with the Suns. Going deep on Phoenix’s performance on Wednesday night, we talk to Jeff about what changed for the Suns with Devin Booker at point guard and how Deandre Ayton looked on both sides in his NBA debut. Then, Jeff’s perspective on Ryan McDonough’s firing and how the Suns will move...
Oct 18, 2018
Thank you, Ryan McDonough

Thank you, Ryan McDonough

Weekly BS of the Suns: Looking back on what McDonough brought to the Phoenix Suns This will be about as popular as a patio table at a Phoenix restaurant in July, but what the heck: Thank you, Ryan McDonough. Giving birth is never pretty. It’s usually a long, unattractive, messy and painful process that sometimes requires drugs to get through. Sound familiar Suns’ fans? The last five years were the long painful birthing process of what, after one game at least, looks to be something that will grow up to be truly beautiful. And you know the thing about that birthing process? In two years...
Oct 18, 2018
VIDEO: Deandre Ayton’s spectacular Phoenix Suns debut

VIDEO: Deandre Ayton’s spectacular Phoenix Suns debut

The No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft logged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists against the Dallas Mavericks. The Deandre Ayton era is off to a good start. In his NBA debut the future of the frontcourt for the Phoenix franchise poured in 18 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists in a 121-100 home win over the Dallas Mavericks. It was the first Suns’ win on opening night in four seasons. Ayton cobbled that stat line together against two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection DeAndre Jordan. His next challenge will be the first road matchup of his career, Nikola Jokic and...
Oct 18, 2018
Aftermath: The Kokoskov-Booker-Ayton saga could not have started any better

Aftermath: The Kokoskov-Booker-Ayton saga could not have started any better

The Phoenix Suns won their opener in convincing fashion. Quotes, notes, interviews, highlights inside. They need a nickname. The combination of Igor Kokoskov, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton come together like a single Phoenix raising the Suns franchise from its ashes. Kokobay? I’m liking ‘Kokobay’, but my opinion is like a tone-deaf person thinking their karaoke is the bomb. Nickname or not, together they form a super-unit. The Suns won their season opener in convincing and thrilling fashion. Check out the highlights here. Rookie Deandre Ayton, in his first ever NBA game facing off...
Oct 18, 2018
Booker closes out Mavs, Ayton wins battle of top picks, Suns win opener 121-100

Booker closes out Mavs, Ayton wins battle of top picks, Suns win opener 121-100

Devin Booker scored 17 points in the last five minutes to close out the game to MVP chants, and the Phoenix Suns exorcised a few opening night demons. The Suns won their opener 121-100 behind great games from all over the team. Read on! First quarter Deandre Ayton got the biggest cheers when announcing lineups. while Luka Doncic got the most boos (though more cheers then other Mavs) In the first two and a half minutes, Ayton had 6 points and 3 rebounds, including a three-point play ON Luka Doncic and drawing an offensive foul while Isaiah Canaan made a three. BOOM Suns got up 11-4 before...
Oct 17, 2018
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks

Who’s finally ready to watch some regular season Phoenix Suns basketball? Finally, regular season basketball is back. Here are the biggest storylines I’m watching for as the Suns’ season tips off: How will Devin Booker play with his hand injury, and will he be differing early to Deandre Ayton? Ayton needs to shine against DeAndre Jordan Josh Jackson is the biggest X-factor for the Suns to pull off a victory Who will start alongside Booker in the backcourt: Isaiah Canaan or Jackson? Will Igor Kokoskov have a plan to shut down Luka Doncic, a player he’s very familiar with from...