Entries from February 2009

Game Thread: Bobcats (22-34) at Suns (31-24)

February 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Suns 112, Bobcats 102             When the Suns shipped out Boris Diaw and Raja Bell for Jason Richardson I applauded the Suns’ efforts in obtaining a bona-fide scorer in return for two malcontents, including one with a bad contract. With Amare Stoudemire out for the season, it’s unfortunate that after […]

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Tags: Boris Diaw · Charlotte Bobcats · Jason Richardson · Phoenix Suns Preview · Raja Bell · Trades

The collapse of a contender in 2,500 words or less

February 23rd, 2009 · 14 Comments

From the aftermath of Bowen’s cheap shot to Amare’s likely season-ending eye surgery, not much has gone right lately for a Suns team whose championship window appears to be all but shut.
The following is a timeline of moves and circumstances from the past 21 months that has taken the Suns from the verge of a title to the verge of the lottery.

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Tags: Alvin Gentry · Amare Stoudemire · Boris Diaw · Jason Richardson · Mike D'Antoni · Phoenix Suns Analysis · San Antonio Spurs · Shaquille O'Neal · Steve Kerr · Steve Nash · Terry Porter · Trades

Celtics 128, Suns 108 – The fun is over

February 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

A whiteboard in the Suns’ locker room on Friday displayed the message “Best 26-5, Worst 22-9,” next to the title of Barack Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope.” Judging by the way the Celtics mauled the Suns in their 128-108 victory and considering Sunday started a stretch that includes nine of 11 against winning teams, […]

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Tags: Boston Celtics · Defense · Phoenix Suns Recap · Rebounding · Rotation · Steve Nash

Game Thread: Celtics (44-12) at Suns (31-23)

February 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Celtics 128, Suns 108 Celtics at Suns Live Blog PHOENIX – Suns head coach Alvin Gentry marched to the interview podium Friday after his team sprinted to its third straight 140-point game and promptly declared, “I can promise you we are not going to get 140 Sunday, not against Boston.” That was exactly the reaction […]

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Tags: Boston Celtics · Phoenix Suns Live Blog · Phoenix Suns Preview

Time for Barnes to step up

February 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

PHOENIX – The Suns made their best title run of the D’Antoni Era sans Amare in 2005-06, when Boris Diaw ensured Phoenix didn’t miss a beat without STAT. Aside from Tuesday night when the Charlotte Bobcats come to town, Diaw won’t be anywhere near Phoenix this time around – and neither will any other true […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Jason Richardson · Matt Barnes · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Suns 140, Thunder 118 – Fast and furious

February 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

PHOENIX – Amare or not, here they come. Playing in their first game since finding out Amare Stoudemire is likely out for the regular season, the Suns exhibited what they need to do to win without their All-Star forward in a 140-118 win over the Thunder. Phoenix’s aggressive defense forced 23 Oklahoma City turnovers including […]

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Tags: Jason Richardson · Leandro Barbosa · Offense · Oklahoma City Thunder · Phoenix Suns Recap