10:53 AM EST, Wed February 26, 2020
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Fanning the Flames: Are the playoffs really that far out of reach for the Suns?

Fanning the Flames: Are the playoffs really that far out of reach for the Suns?

Paul and Justin discuss the Suns best win of the season, and how they can make the playoffs Paul and Justin discuss whether the Suns’ win over the Jazz was their most impressive of the season and how the Suns can sneak their way into the playoffs. There’s also a rant in here somewhere about the officiating, maybe possibly spawned by that free throw line parade on Monday, that Justin has been itching to unleash all season long. Those topics and much more! Listen right here.... Follow Paul (@DervishOfWhirl), Justin (@SoSaysJ), and the pod (@FanTheFlamesNBA) on Twitter. Fanning the...
10 hours ago
Locked On Suns Wednesday: Latest wins keep Suns’ small playoff hopes alive

Locked On Suns Wednesday: Latest wins keep Suns’ small playoff hopes alive

We check back in on the playoff race. Can the Suns make noise? Sitting 4.5 games back of the No. 8 seed at 24-34, can the Phoenix Suns somehow climb back into this tight race? The next six at Talking Stick Resort Arena will help decide their fate. Who are the teams we’re buying and selling on over the next few weeks between the Suns, Kings, Spurs, Trail Blazers, Pelicans and Grizzlies? If Phoenix can keep up their strong play, there’s a chance they can reach near-equal footing with the top competition. We have all the numbers and news you need to figure out the Western Conference...
17 hours ago
Previewing the upcoming 6-game homestand that will decide the Suns’ season

Previewing the upcoming 6-game homestand that will decide the Suns’ season

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ The Suns have managed to stay within sneezing distance of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but we will know after these six games whether they have a real shot. The strange, long NBA season presents opportunities and challenges simply by nature of where games are played. Playing in the West (and the Pacific Division), the Suns always have one of the more difficult schedules in the NBA. This year is no exception. To make matters worse, the Suns have not been a consistently good home team all season, meaning the supposed advantage of playing at Talking...
20 hours ago
Was blasting Utah the Suns best win of the season? Let’s check the tape

Was blasting Utah the Suns best win of the season? Let’s check the tape

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via The Phoenix Suns have some big wins this year. But which one was the best? It seems like every couple of weeks this year, the Suns are notching another “best win of the season,” and fans are deservedly lopping it up like a dog with a just-filled water bowl. On Monday night, the Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz for only the second time in Devin Booker’s five year career, and the first time since December of 2017. They had lost 14 out of 15 for those keeping track. Devin Booker is 1-14 vs. Utah in his career. Lone win came in October of 2017, when...
Feb 25, 2020
The Suns Report: It’s roster rundown time

The Suns Report: It’s roster rundown time

Subscribe to the Bright Side Podcast to get almost daily pods pushed to you from Suns Report and Fanning the Flames THE SUNS REPORT: Roster Rundown With 71% of the season completed, what are our expectations for each member of the Phoenix Suns roster? Join The Suns Report Podcast team as they take a deep dive into want they want from each player, discuss their opportunities, and pose the question: will they be here next year? Follow John (@DarthVoita), Matthew (@MatthewLissy), and the podcast (@TheSunsReport) on Twitter. Stop by The Suns Report Podcast page on Facebook. Follow us on...
Feb 25, 2020
Calling all Suns fans! Suns-Clippers on Wednesday is a very BIG GAME

Calling all Suns fans! Suns-Clippers on Wednesday is a very BIG GAME

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports When was the last time the Suns had a meaningful home game after the All-Star Break? THIS. IS. IT. What: Los Angeles Clippers (38-19) at Phoenix Suns (24-34) When: Wednesday, 7:00 PM AZ Time Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Tickets: Get them right here THIS GAME MATTERS When was the last time the Phoenix Suns had a late-February home game that mattered in the playoff race? You guessed it: 2015. Five years ago. After beating the Utah Jazz by a gobload on Monday night, the Suns are back to within 4.5 games of the 8th seed and starting a...
Feb 25, 2020
Locked On Suns Tuesday: Ricky Rubio serves up revenge against Jazz in blowout win

Locked On Suns Tuesday: Ricky Rubio serves up revenge against Jazz in blowout win

Led by Ricky Rubio’s huge outing, Phoenix has now won consecutive games leading into a defining six-game homestand that begins Wednesday. What a surprising victory that was for the Suns! Led by Ricky Rubio and Devin Booker, Phoenix defeated Utah in Salt Lake City 131-111 and are now only 4.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Where does this win rank for Phoenix? After a sluggish start that led to foul-happy possessions and lots of turnovers, the Suns settled in behind their refreshed backcourt. Elie Okobo headlined the main negative from a 20-point win with his...
Feb 24, 2020
Recap: Suns surprise Jazz, finish road trip 2-1, as Utah continues to tumble

Recap: Suns surprise Jazz, finish road trip 2-1, as Utah continues to tumble

Photo by Alex Goodlett/ The Suns beat the Jazz, 131-11, to close out a three-game road trip. Kelly Oubre Jr. opened the scoring for the Suns with a direct challenge of Rudy Gobert in the paint. Oubre nailed a tough floater, a great sign after Gobert firmly won that battle during these teams’ meeting back in November. Oubre won’t be afraid to challenge anyone, but he’s also best when he sees a few go in. In general, the Suns did a great job early combating Utah’s tough defense by moving the ball intelligently and finding openings. Devin Booker found Deandre Ayton for an easy...
Feb 24, 2020
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (23-34) at Utah Jazz (36-20)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (23-34) at Utah Jazz (36-20)

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Suns finish out a three-game road trip with a tough matchup in Salt Lake City. How will Deandre Ayton handle a difficult matchup with two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert in their first face-off of the 2019-20 season? Can the Suns finish this testy road trip 2-1? Discuss what should be an interesting game, right down below!
Feb 24, 2020
Preview: Suns finish off road trip with tough test in Utah

Preview: Suns finish off road trip with tough test in Utah

Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via After splitting an Eastern Conference back-to-back over the weekend, the Suns run into the improving Jazz. What: Phoenix Suns (23-34) @ Utah Jazz (36-20) When: 7 p.m. MST Where: Salt Lake City, Utah TV: Fox Sports Arizona Radio: 98.7 FM Last week, I wrote a column about how the Suns are not going to pack it in and tank this year. The way their roster is built sort of prevents that, but they also are trying to develop a sense of pride and build a culture that would be negatively affected by giving up on the season. Still, the Suns’ goals for this...
Feb 24, 2020
Locked On Suns Monday: Suns split a road back-to-back out East

Locked On Suns Monday: Suns split a road back-to-back out East

We recap a loss in Toronto and then a comeback win over the Bulls. It was a tale of two nights for the Suns over the weekend as they struggled with turnovers that ultimately cost them in Toronto against a more polished Raptors squad before they put together a great second half in Chicago to beat the Bulls. Kelly Oubre Jr. couldn’t get his shot to go in either game, but Deandre Ayton’s impressive consistency helped the Suns stay afloat, as did continued versatile defense by Mikal Bridges and an energized version of Ricky Rubio. On the other hand, the Suns still can’t find a guard...
Feb 24, 2020
Center of the Sun: Suns get off to lackluster start following the All-Star break

Center of the Sun: Suns get off to lackluster start following the All-Star break

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ With just 25 games left to play, time is running out on the Suns’ 2019-20 season. Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. Game Recaps Phoenix Suns @ Toronto Raptors L (118-101) Full Recap Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls W (112-104) Full Recap The Suns came back from the All-Star break at almost full strength but not quite at full steam. At times they look really good but then also really bad within a single game. Against a severely injury depleted Chicago team, they did manage to get a win but only after getting down by double digits in the first...
Feb 24, 2020
Deandre Ayton dominating lately like he always said he would

Deandre Ayton dominating lately like he always said he would

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Suns 21 year old center is growing rapidly into a game-changing big man Before you jump down to the comment section to tear apart the headline, just read me out first. The 21-year old Deandre Ayton has been quite good this season since returning full time as the starting center for the Phoenix Suns on January 16, 2020 (15 games played). Ayton’s line over those games: 21.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 2.2 assists. The Suns outscore the opponent by 3 points per game when he is on the court (versus being outscored by a lot when he’s off, for a...
Feb 23, 2020
The Suns Report: Week 18 Recap

The Suns Report: Week 18 Recap

Subscribe to the Bright Side Podcast to get almost daily pods pushed to you from Suns Report and Fanning the Flames THE SUNS REPORT: Week 18 Recap Week 18 might have been short, but The Suns Report has plenty to talk about! Let’s put a bow on the All Star Game experience for Devin Booker Does Kyrie Irving being the VP of the Player Union affect the Suns? Is Book under-appreciated nationally similar to Nash? Why doesn’t Monty have faith in his rotations? #CarterIsYourBackupPG How about a Week 19 Preview? You want it, we got it. Ish. That and much, much more Follow John (@DarthVoita),...
Feb 22, 2020
Quick Recap: Suns big rally drops Bulls, Ayton with 28/19 again

Quick Recap: Suns big rally drops Bulls, Ayton with 28/19 again

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Phoenix Suns pick up their first win since the All-Star Weekend, beating the Chicago Bulls 112-104. The Suns looked dead in the water when the Bulls had at one point a 17 point lead in the second quarter. However, a second half surge from the Suns rallied them to victory. Though the second half improvement came from the team, a huge chunk of it came in thanks to Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker. Both played outstanding against the Bulls, scoring 28 and 29 points respectively. While Ayton had a strong scoring night, he gobbled up 19 rebounds as well to...