9:18 PM EST, Mon November 18, 2019
48 mins ago
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (7-4) vs. Boston Celtics (10-2)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (7-4) vs. Boston Celtics (10-2)

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Will the Suns continue their surprising start with another upset? Probable starters: Suns - Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., Dario Saric, Aron Baynes Celtics - Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis Bright Side readers, make sure to comment throughout tonight’s game in the comments section below!
6 hours ago
Preview: The Celtics are cooling off as they come to Phoenix to play the Suns

Preview: The Celtics are cooling off as they come to Phoenix to play the Suns

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Boston is tied for the best record in the NBA and poses some matchup problems for the Suns. What: Boston Celtics (10-2) at Phoenix Suns (7-4) When: Monday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. local time Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena Watch: Fox Sports Arizona Listen: 98.7 FM They may not be as flashy, but the Celtics present one of the toughest tests of the season for the Suns, in a class with the Clippers, Sixers and Lakers in terms of pedigree. Yet the Suns beat two of those teams and stayed close with LeBron James and the Lakers. Does that mean they can dethrone...
13 hours ago
Center of the Sun: Suns prepare for a busy Week Five

Center of the Sun: Suns prepare for a busy Week Five

Photo by Barry Gossage NBAE via The Suns’ 7-4 record is the 5th best in the West but the coming week will be a big test for them. Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. Game Recaps Phoenix Suns vs LA Lakers L (123-115) Full Recap Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks W (128-112) Full Recap With just two games on the schedule, it was a short but not easy week for the Suns. They gave the Lakers a good game but fell short against one of the NBA’s best. The Hawks didn’t go away easy either which reinforces the fact that the Suns can’t afford to take any game lightly. Every...
20 hours ago
Locked On Suns Monday: Where the Suns sit in the West standings plus we preview the Celtics-Kings back-to-back

Locked On Suns Monday: Where the Suns sit in the West standings plus we preview the Celtics-Kings back-to-back

Will the Suns stay in the playoff race? Boston is the next big test in a long season. Surprise! The Phoenix Suns are playing like a legit playoff contender through their first 11 games of the 2019-20 season. Will it sustain? We take a look at the Western Conference standings to see if teams are trending upward or downward. Outside of the true title contenders — Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets — Phoenix falls into a cluster alongside Dallas and Minnesota as young teams rising quicker than expected. After diving even deeper into the...
Nov 17, 2019
Free Dawkins: Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns floor spacers and raisers

Free Dawkins: Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns floor spacers and raisers

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Here’s another video put together recently by someone who needed to understand how the Suns are so good all of a sudden. This is a fun watch. Go for it.
Nov 17, 2019
Suns have 99.7% chance at playoffs?!

Suns have 99.7% chance at playoffs?!

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports According to one well respected modeling system, the Suns are a virtual lock to make the playoffs There are a lot of different predictive modeling formulas out there, but my go-to for more than a decade has always been basketball-reference.com. That site right now has the Suns winning 50 games and making the playoffs most likely as the 4th seed in the Western Conference. What world are we living in, again? Have we been flipped into the upside down? Or, more likely, have we been there in that ugly, scary upside down the last nine years and Elle finally...
Nov 16, 2019
Suns Solar Panel, ep. 169: Book it! Suns the best three point shooting team

Suns Solar Panel, ep. 169: Book it! Suns the best three point shooting team

Tim, Greg and Dave cover the most pressing Suns news of the week as they are 7-4 on the season Tim, Dave and Greg cover all the latest storylines about the Phoenix Suns The Phoenix Suns are now no. 1 in the NBA in catch and shoot 3-point shots per game. Can they sustain the trend? Devin Booker is well on his way to joining the 50/40/90 club but is it enough to put him in the MVP race? We take on your live listener comments and questions — thanks to the few hundred of you who watched us record this show LIVE Plus, hey Atlanta Hawks fans, shut up when it comes to Eddie Johnson. That and...
Nov 16, 2019
How the Suns got fun again (via The Ringer)

How the Suns got fun again (via The Ringer)

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports If you are anything like me, you love what you see of the Phoenix Suns this season and you know a lot of it is because of new point guard Ricky Rubio and the coaching schemes of Monty Williams meshing perfectly. Ricky is among the top five this season in assists per game, have a top-three offense and lead the league in assist percentage (number of made field goals having been assisted) and catch-and-shoot threes and wide open shot attempts. You know these things. But if you’re like me, you don’t exactly know how the Suns are getting so dang many open...
Nov 15, 2019
Cam Johnson, the Suns’ surprise first-round pick, is the standout among Phoenix’s revamped wing rotation

Cam Johnson, the Suns’ surprise first-round pick, is the standout among Phoenix’s revamped wing rotation

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The organization has embraced a certain set of principles on and off the court that are easy to see in Cam Johnson. After all the talk of bringing the rookies along slowly and not demanding that they produce at a high level right away, Cam Johnson has been a standout during the first month of the season for the Suns. The Suns asked Johnson to work his way into a more prominent role rather than gifting him minutes because was a high pick. Despite the organization’s promise to not ask Johnson to step up right away, the rookie nevertheless has done so, scoring...
Nov 15, 2019
Charania: Aron Baynes positioning himself for well over $10 million per year in free agency

Charania: Aron Baynes positioning himself for well over $10 million per year in free agency

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports With the way Baynes kicked off the season, Phoenix may only have him around for one year. Aron Baynes waited eight years for the opportunity he has right now, and he’s taking full advantage. After Deandre Ayton’s sudden 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s substance-abuse policy, Baynes stepped up from a top backup big to starting center until mid-December. With how Baynes has kicked off his 2019-20 season averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 46.8 percent on threes, he’s earning himself his first huge payday...
Nov 15, 2019
NBA fans aren’t particularly worried about load management, Suns fans still riding high

NBA fans aren’t particularly worried about load management, Suns fans still riding high

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The responses regarding load management in the NBA will surprise you. Before we dive into the continued confidence you all seem to have in the Suns, let’s take a look at how fans are feeling about load management across the NBA. The decision came to the fore last week when the Clippers opted to sit Kawhi Leonard for the first night of a back-to-back. It just so happened that the game was nationally televised on ESPN and pitted the championship favorite Clippers against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. The contest was actually pretty entertaining even...
Nov 15, 2019
Suns Madhouse: Week of 11/15/19 - Phoenix. Keeps. Winning.

Suns Madhouse: Week of 11/15/19 - Phoenix. Keeps. Winning.

Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports I’m going to tell you where the Phoenix Suns rank in the West. It’s a good number. SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNS. SEVEN AND FOUR. Suns Stuff I don’t know how to handle all this winning, guys. Man what a great week. Sunday our squad trashed the New Jersey Nets of Brooklyn. Tuesday, the loss against the Lakers was watchable down to the final buzzer. Last night, more trash, this time of the Atlanta Hawks variety. I’ll be honest friends, I’m gushing. I mean I love this s***. My friends are talking Phoenix Suns. Chatting, texting, emails. My WIFE is showing...
Nov 15, 2019
Locked On Suns Friday: Suns again blow out inferior opponent, dominate Hawks at home

Locked On Suns Friday: Suns again blow out inferior opponent, dominate Hawks at home

The Suns are proving they are for real by taking care of business against worse teams like the Hawks. After the Suns fell behind 19-10 to the Atlanta Hawks, they outscored them 118-93 behind great team play. Even though Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes had off nights, it didn’t matter as Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Dario Saric produced strong outings. Phoenix’s efficient offense continues to slice through defenses, nearing 50/40/90 shooting almost every game. On Thursday night, they were oh so close to doing it again. The pieces within the Suns’ roster ares starting to fit together,...
Nov 14, 2019
Quick Recap: Suns cruise past Hawks, 128-112

Quick Recap: Suns cruise past Hawks, 128-112

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Hawks were spunky, but the Suns were too much for them. The Suns (7-4 now) played this game like a winning team cruising to a victory over an overmatched one. They didn’t have much energy except for a Kelly Oubre-inspired five minute stretch in the third quarter to put the lead into double-digits for good. Atlanta played hard and made some shots early, but the writing was on the wall all game. The Suns are just too good right now to lose to Atlanta without half dozen of their players. Devin Booker was excellent through three quarters himself (27 points...
Nov 14, 2019
Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (6-4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (4-6)

Open Thread: Phoenix Suns (6-4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (4-6)

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Ricky Rubio vs. Trae Young headlines another intriguing matchup for the Phoenix Suns. Probable starters: Suns - Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton Hawks - Trae Young, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, Jabari Parker, Damian Jones This is a game where the Suns should prove their the better right from the opening tip. Will we see another encore performance similar to the Memphis blowout earlier this season? Bright Side readers, make sure to comment throughout tonight’s game in the comments section below!