Tag:Phoenix Suns
Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:21 am
 

Shootaround 11.19.10: Friends and enemies

Posted by Royce Young
  • Joey Graham is making friends in Cleveland: ''He'll be in the rotation for a little while,'' Cavs coach Byron Scott. ''I wanted to try something different. With Joey, I know I can get some scoring in the post. He's kind of made his living there.''
  • Cole Aldrich is blogging for Dime : "Someone asked me the other day to compare Coach Brooks and Coach Self. I would say the main thing that sticks out is both of their philosophies are defensive-minded. If you look at the teams that have won NBA championships, they were strong defensive teams like Boston and the Lakers. In terms of differences, Coach Brooks is probably a slight bit more laid back than Coach Self. He always expects a lot out of you, and he’ll get after you a little more."
  • J.R. Smith is losing his role to Gary Forbes: "I think J.R. knows exactly where we're at," Karl told The Denver Post Wednesday. "I think right now, it's J.R. and me, and I think J.R. should understand what's going on. I've got a kid playing better than he is playing. And I don't have minutes to share."
  • Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball on Orlando's win: "There was no one from Phoenix that could slow down Howard, let alone stop him, so they were forced to double-team him nearly every time he touched the ball in a 4-out/1-in offensive set. This forced Howard to be a passer and, aside from a few turnovers here and there, he was able to spur some ball movement. Perhaps the one thing to takeaway from Howard’s performance on offense was that he was able to make two jumpshots on the left elbow with the third quarter winding down."
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:41 am
 

Report: Suns looking at Earl Barron

Posted by Royce Young

With Robin Lopez's injury more severe than expected, the Suns are left looking for a little help inside. And ESPN.com reports that a likely candidate to fill that role could be veteran journeyman Earl Barron.

One source told ESPN.com Monday night that Barron's signing in Phoenix is "likely" after the team announced earlier Monday that Lopez has suffered a  sprain of the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Lopez is expected to miss several weeks. He has started all nine games for Phoenix so far, averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.8 minutes.

Barron has been searching for a new team for weeks despite a very successful stint with the Knicks last season where he averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 in seven games.

Barron is a seven-footer out of Memphis and has been in the league four years. He spent time overseas before playing three season in Miami and then a small time in New York. He's certainly not anything more than a band-aid to get by while Lopez recovers, but in terms of capable big men that are available (and will take a non-guaranteed contract), he's a good fit.

It's interesting though because Erick Dampier has been mentioned several times with the Suns and this seems like as good a time as ever to go that direction. Dampier obviously will want a guaranteed deal and more money than Barron, but if he's in consideration, this could be the bump needed to go ahead an ink Dampier. But I'm pretty much convinced Erick Dampier is never going to sign anywhere.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Robin Lopez sprains multiple ligaments in knee

Suns center suffers two sprains in left knee, out several weeks. Posted by Matt Moore

When Amar'e Stoudemire headed on his happy way to New York, it was expected that Robin Lopez would be the recepient of the mantle of "best Suns big." Unfortunately, that plan is on hold.

The Suns announced today that Lopez has suffered a sprain of both his MCl and PCL in his left knee. Lopez wasn't playing terribly well to begin with and has been hampered with injuries most of the season, but this just sets him back that much further.

The sprains are expected to keep him out an undetermined number of weeks, which is going to mean lots and lots of time for Channing Frye and more time for Hedo Turkoglu at power forward.

Get excited, Suns fans.

The Suns beat the Lakers last night due in part to them hitting 700 3-pointers.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:21 am
 

Game Changer: The Suns were hot

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: Suns SHINE FROM DEEP

The Suns scored 121 points against the Lakers Sunday night. That part is impressive. More impressive? That 66 of those points came from 3-point range.

Chew on this: Phoenix took 40 3-pointers against the Lakers and hit, wait for it, 22 of them. Before you ask, no it's not an NBA record. That's held by the Magic who hit 23 in 2009. But the 22 is a Phoenix franchise record and it's also dang impressive, so that's something.

Here are the cliffnotes on the shooting show:
  • Six players made 3-pointers
  • Grant Hill was the only player to attempt a 3 and miss it, going 0-1
  • The Suns went 13-19... from the free throw line
  • The Suns made 43 baskets, with of course 22 of them being from 3
Not often do you see a team lose a game with 68 points in the paint to their opponents 28. Because that was the difference between the Lakers and Suns. But it doesn't matter how good you shoot it in close when the other guy is hitting the shot that counts for one more point.

But this is the second consecutive loss for the Lakers and a big win to push the Suns to 5-4. No reason to worry for L.A., but the fact that you even gave up 40 looks at 3 is something to raise an eyebrow at. The perimeter defense is lacking at this moment and really, the defense in general. The Nuggets exposed the Lakers on that end Friday night in L.A.'s first loss and then Sunday the Suns dropped 121.

Obviously, Phoenix winning is something for the Suns to be excited about and to build on. But the way they won isn't much to think about. You're not going 22-40 from 3-point range very often. And you're not winning pretty much ever being outscored in the paint by 40 points.

But on Sunday night, the Suns were hot and that Heat from the outside is what they rode to a big win over the Lakers.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES:

Jason Richardson gets the gold star for the night with 35 points including 7-10 from 3. That's some shootin' right there.

Can't overlook Al Horford's big night against the Wolves as the newly paid Hawk went for 28 on 9-14 shooting and pulled in 10 rebounds for good measure.

Just 22 and 17 for Kevin Love against the Hawks Sunday. What's the deal man?

INFORMATION HERE:

Via John Schuhmann: "A team has hit 20 or more threes in a game 5 times (3 by PHX). The previous 4 all won the game by an avg. of 27.3 pts & by no fewer than 18."

DON'T MISS:

A GAME SUMMED UP IN DOTS:

Peep the shot chart for the Suns against the Lakers. It's not something you see very often.


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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Lakers mad about late Lamar Odom technical foul

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom was whistled for a controversial technical foul late in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Phoenix Suns. Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier we noted that the Phoenix Suns scored an improbable victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday, thanks to 22 (!) 3-pointers. Despite Phoenix's ridiculous outside shooting, Los Angeles still had a shot. With just under a minute left in the game, Lakers forward Lamar Odom, cut to the hoop and finished at the rim, finishing over Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu, who appeared to check him with both arms. Odom's basket cut the Phoenix lead to 111-109, but he protested the lack of a foul call by pumping his arm twice and yelling, which drew a technical foul. Here's video of the play courtesy of YouTube user TheRealCaCHookahMan. Suns guard Steve Nash converted the free throw to push the lead back to three points, and Phoenix held on to win 121-116. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers all star guard Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson were both steamed at the technical on Odom, which they believed was whistled as part of the NBA's new crackdown on excessive reactions.
"It's a bad, bad rule," Kobe Bryant said. "It's a bad one. It's subject to so much interpretation. I've been toeing the line here, so I don't want to [get fined]. It's something you have to be conscious of as a player, which kind of throws you off your game a little bit because basketball's such an emotional sport."
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said the technical foul "changed the context of the ballgame." "He got fouled," Jackson said, repeating it for emphasis. "It's a normal reaction. There's no doubt that we don't want guys complaining about plays up and down the court, but when someone's at the rim and gets fouled, and says, 'and one' or whatever, to stop a game or change a game around at a critical point in the game like that, it's just not the way that we want to be able to play."
By the letter of the new NBA technical foul law, Odom was properly assessed the foul. But given the game-changing circumstances, this was a tough one for Lakers fans to swallow.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:05 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire criticizes the effort of his teammates. Posted by Ben Golliveramare-stoudemire

The good news for Amar'e Stoudemire when he signed with the New York Knicks this summer? He was set to make almost nine figures over the course of his new contract.   The bad news? To earn the money, he would have to play for the New York Knicks. That was the rub the whole time for Stoudemire, who chose to leave a title-contending Phoenix Suns team, led ably by veteran point guard Steve Nash, the player best suited to bring out Stoudemire's potential greatness, to head east to play alongside youngsters, fringe professionals, and young fringe professionals. Just 10 games into the 2010 season, the other shoe has dropped for Stoudemire. After starting the season 3-7, including five straight losses, Stoudemire went off on his teammates after a Sunday night loss to the Houston Rockets.
"I don't understand why we're not playing with the urgency," a visibly dejected Stoudemire said. "I'm not used to that. We don't have that sense of urgency. It's almost as if it doesn't matter. That's something I'm not used to.
"I try to instill the fact that we have to play with sense of urgency. It's not like we won four games in a row, we lost four games in a row. We just still are not having the sense of urgency. We're not showing that we really want it."

Stoudemire's frustration is understandable, given that the team's current five-game losing streak included losses to 2-8 Philadelphia, 3-8 Minnesota and 3-6 Houston. If you can't stack up early season wins against those teams, it doesn't bode well for the long haul.

Meanwhile, in Phoenix, the Suns are coping without a real replacement for Stoudemire, using a bunch of perimeter power forwards to make due. While Nash seemed frustrated with his situation earlier in the season, the Suns are 5-4 after a surprising Sunday win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Surely, that success makes New York's struggles that much more frustrating for Stoudemire. But one gets the feeling that more frustration is in store for Stoudemire this season, given that he is not capable of single-handedly carrying a team to the playoffs.  Until he gets a superstar tag-team teammate that has been rumored for months, Stoudemire needs to find a better way to deal with the losses. Otherwise, things could get a lot worse, quickly.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Report: Knicks will inquire about Steve Nash

Posted by Royce Young

I'm sure as soon as the words "trading block" and "Steve Nash" popped up in the same sentence anywhere, Mike D'Antoni probably sprained his back jumping up so quickly to run to Donnie Walsh's office.

And that's the word according to the New York Daily News. The Knicks will inquire about Nash's potential availibility, performing what the report called, "due diligence."

The interesting part is, there really hasn't been an actual rumor saying Steve Nash is actually available or even potentially available. All this really came from was ESPN's Ric Bucher who was just talking about big name players he could see being traded before the deadline.

Now of course that doesn't mean Nash hasn't been part of trade discussions for the Suns. Right now, they're 4-4 and possibly headed for an average season. Nash is 36 and won't be available to the Suns for their future plans.

D'Antoni wouldn't comment on the possibility of rejoining Nash. But the thought is certainly interesting. Not only did the two have some of their best success together, the fact that Amar'e Stoudemire is already there also kind of makes the situation intriguing.

But of course it's a little doubtful that Nash would want to go to New York, a place that might not be in a position to contend, something Nash obviously is looking for.

This whole Nash thing is kind of picking up a weird amount of steam when there might not be anything there. It makes sense for Phoenix to shop Nash if things go south this season, but the rumors are nothing more than that at this moment.

And the Knicks are just making an inquiry. The way I imagine this going is Donnie Walsh picking up the phone and calling Suns GM Lance Blanks and saying, "Hey, is Steve Nash available?" and Blanks saying, "No." Then Walsh saying, "Well, is there anything we can do to make him available?" and Blanks saying, "Hold on. (Looking over the Knicks roster.) Probably still no."

Really, it's not news, even though I'm writing about it like it is. I would assume a lot of inquired are made for a lot of players. General managers call other general managers and see who's available and who's not. I think it would be bigger news if the Knicks weren't going to inquire about Nash.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Suns may bench Hedo Turkoglu on certain nights

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry is reportedly considering moving forward Hedo Turkoglu to the bench on some nights. Posted by Ben Golliverhedo-turkoglu The Phoenix Suns are off to an uneven 3-4 start to the season, and while a step backward was all but assured after Amar'e Stoudemire headed east to sign with the New York Knicks, the Suns already find themselves on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture looking in thanks to promising starts to 2010 lottery teams like the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Hornets.  So it comes as no surprise that Suns coach Alvin Gentry would begin to tinker with line-ups, and word comes from the Arizona Republic that one such adjustment could find expensive trade acquisition Hedo Turkoglu moved to the reserve unit against bigger front lines.
Gentry said he is considering bring Turkoglu off the bench to keep him from mismatches against bigger post players, following his depature from Monday's game after 2:23 due to fouls he picked up against Zack Randolph and Marc Gasol.
"I will not play Hedo against a guy like Zack Randolph," Gentry said. "It's unfair to him.
"I'd rather have him in the game five minutes later where he has no fouls than to take him out in the first five minutes." Turkoglu has said he would be open to coming off the bench.
The move is sound, given that Turkoglu hasn't been lighting the world on fire so far, averaging just 10.1 points and 3.1 rebounds through seven games. But the problem is much bigger that Turkoglu alone. The Suns are in this lineup-juggling predicament because of an imbalanced roster, one that is absolutely loaded (over-loaded, really) on the wings and thin in the post.  The biggest question for Phoenix: When is it time to pull the plug on some of these redundant pieces? Does a single team really need Josh Childress, Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick, Channing Frye and Earl Clark? I get that perimeter big men is the thing down in the desert, but that's excessive by any standard, especially when all those floor-spacers leave Phoenix as the fourth-worst rebounding team in the league and the absolute worst defense in the league. Sitting Turkoglu, an ineffective rebounder and pathetic defender, is a step in the right direction. But a more dramatic move is needed by the trade deadline if this team hopes to make the postseason. Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk.
 
 
 
 
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