Entries from December 2013

Phoenix Suns 107, Los Angeles Clippers 88 – A Hollywood Heist

December 30th, 2013 · 33 Comments

The game started with a 9-0 Suns’ run and ended with a Slava Kravtsov dunk. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Phoenix’s impressive 107-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Had this game been a Hollywood movie, the story would have focused on Eric Bledsoe’s homecoming and his […]

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Tags: Goran Dragic · Los Angeles Clippers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap

Preview: Phoenix Suns (18-11) at Los Angeles Clippers (21-11)

December 30th, 2013 · 31 Comments

Time: 8:30 pm MST TV: FSAZ The story of The Prodigal Son is about a reckless young man who left his father’s home to seek his fortune in places unknown. All he found was despair and failure. I’m not sure if there’s an opposite story to that of the Prodigal Son, but it should be […]

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe · Los Angeles Clippers · Miles Plumlee · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Preview

A Phoenix Suns cluster analysis

December 29th, 2013 · 8 Comments

In a business analytics course in my sports MBA program, we learned about a concept called cluster analysis in which a set of objects are grouped so that the objects within each group are more similar than objects in different groups. I applied that newfound knowledge to an NBA dataset I created that takes into account […]

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Tags: Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Suns 3-point defense finds answers against 76ers

December 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

PHOENIX — With their third-best three-point defense in the league, the Phoenix Suns had room for concern in the first six quarters following a four-day break. The Golden State Warriors hit 8-of-20 from deep against the Suns, though that’s reasonable considering their strengths. But the Philadelphia 76ers? “Before the game we were talking, they were […]

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Tags: Miles Plumlee · P.J. Tucker · Philadelphia 76ers · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Phoenix Suns 115, Philadelphia 76ers 101 – Back on track

December 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

PHOENIX – Discounting a select few games, Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has wondered why his team doesn’t run. The odd but likely answer is that they, outside of Goran Dragic, simply don’t know how. In a 115-101 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, it was clear Phoenix would fall into the mode of […]

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Tags: Philadelphia 76ers · Phoenix Suns Recap

Pregame: Suns hope to ‘flush’ loss to Warriors

December 28th, 2013 · No Comments

PHOENIX — This one was tabbed as an important game in the preseason. After all, playing for lottery positioning is all the rage. But nope, the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday with Phoenix fighting for playoff positioning and the Sixers trying to shovel to themselves to the bottom. The Suns are coming […]

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Tags: Golden State Warriors · Philadelphia 76ers