Entries Tagged as 'Defense'

Elston Turner confident Suns’ defense will improve despite offseason turnover

October 10th, 2012 · 15 Comments

PHOENIX — Now and again, it’s healthy to get a little nostalgic. Well, maybe that’s only partly true. Because as I went to search for the so-called defensive glory days of Suns basketball, I found out that 2000-01 — the last time the team had a top 10 defense in the NBA — wasn’t all […]

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Tags: Alvin Gentry · Defense · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Analysis

Minnesota Timberwolves 127, Phoenix Suns 124 — Disappearing defense

March 13th, 2012 · 23 Comments

PHOENIX — For five consecutive games in US Airways Center, the Phoenix Suns looked like the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. As the Western Conference hierarchy continued to take form Phoenix worked its way into the playoff picture and won games by way of crisp rotations, hard closeouts, solid interior defense, and relentless rebounding. Over the course of their […]

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Tags: Defense · Minnesota Timberwolves · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap

Phoenix Suns 96, Sacramento Kings 88 — Getting on a roll

March 5th, 2012 · 27 Comments

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have discovered a winning formula to open the second half of the season: fall behind by double digits early but hold the opposition below 40 percent shooting and win the rebounding battle to prevail in the end. For the third straight game the Suns did just that in their 96-88 […]

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Tags: Defense · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Rebounding · Sacramento Kings

Phoenix Suns 81, Los Angeles Clippers 78 — Winning ugly

March 3rd, 2012 · 8 Comments

PHOENIX — Ever since training camp head coach Alvin Gentry has preached that the Suns must improve enough defensively to survive cold shooting nights. The Suns are four games below .500 because that hasn’t happened often enough this season, but on Friday night their defense lifted Phoenix to an 81-78 victory over the Los Angeles […]

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Tags: Channing Frye · Defense · Grant Hill · Los Angeles Clippers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Steve Nash

Atlanta Hawks 101, Phoenix Suns 99 — Zoned out

February 16th, 2012 · 48 Comments

PHOENIX — Through two and a half quarters, the Phoenix Suns seemed to be cruising to an easy win on their third consecutive game night behind some torrid shooting and a zone they mixed in to throw off Atlanta’s offense. The Suns’ zone worked well enough that the Hawks decided to give it a try […]

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks · Defense · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns Recap · Steve Nash

Phoenix Suns 98, Sacramento Kings 84 — Eliminating Evans

February 12th, 2012 · 14 Comments

The Sacramento Kings came into Saturday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns as one of the NBA’s hottest teams. Winners of four of their last five with victories over the Thunder, Trail Blazers, Warriors and Hornets, the Kings’ offense was rolling, averaging 99.8 points per game during that stretch — good for fourth in the […]

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Tags: Defense · Grant Hill · Jared Dudley · Phoenix Suns · Sacramento Kings