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Western Pacific Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
64-18 6-4 L1
53-29 6-4 W5
42-40 6-4 W5
33-49 2-8 W2
30-52 5-5 W1

Top Suns News

  • Suns' Mikal Bridges: Quiet in massive blowout

    Bridges provided six points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist across 33 minutes during Sunday's 123-90 loss to Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

    Bridges was a key piece in the Suns' regular-season success, but he struggled to make a major impact in the playoffs -- and especially in this series. Prior to Sunday's laugher, which the Mavs led by as much as 46 points in the second half, Bridges averaged only 10.5 points (43.1% FG), 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals through the first six games of the series. Oftentimes, Bridges' contributions don't show up in the box score, but he did very little to help the Suns' sputtering offense, hitting only five three-pointers on 18 attempts over the seven games. The relative lack of attempts is somewhat surprising -- especially considering that in last year's Western Conference Semifinals series against Denver, Bridges hoisted 21 attempts in just four games.

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  • Suns' Deandre Ayton: Plays 17 minutes in Game 7 beatdown

    Ayton ended Sunday's 123-90 loss to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal over 17 minutes.

    Foul trouble was mostly to blame for Ayton's low minute total, as he picked up his third personal with just under four minutes to play in the second quarter. When Ayton exited, Phoenix trailed by 18 points, but by halftime the Mavs' lead ballooned to 30. With the Suns looking for any sort of offensive spark, Ayton sat for much of the second half before it became clear that the game was out of reach and Monty Williams dipped deeper into his bench. This was easily Ayton's worst statistical effort of the postseason. The big man had found success earlier in the series, averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and shooting 59.5 percent from the field in Games 1 through 6. After he and the Suns failed to agree on a contract extension prior to the season, Ayton will head into the summer as a restricted free agent. As such, Phoenix will have the right to match any offer Ayton receives, but it remains unclear just how much the Suns, and owner Robert Sarver, will be willing to pay for the No. 1 overall pick in 2018.

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  • Suns' Chris Paul: Scores 10 points in Game 7 blowout

    Paul ended Sunday's 123-90 loss to Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, four assists and one steal across 31 minutes.

    After a fantastic start to the postseason, and this second-round series, the wheels started to come off for Paul over the last few games. He scored just five points (2-4 FG) in Game 4, seven points (3-8 FG) in Game 5 and 13 points (4-7 FG) in Game 6 before another muted effort Sunday. In all five of those games, Paul failed to attempt more than nine shots and was noticeably less aggressive than he was in Round 1 against New Orleans. After the game, Marc Spears of ESPN reported that Paul was walking with a noticeable limp due to a left quad injury, but the 37-year-old declined to comment on the situation. In his postgame presser, Paul made it clear that he has no plans to walk away from the game after another playoff disappointment. "We'll be right back here next year," Paul said. "I'm not retiring."

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  • Suns' Devin Booker: Goes 3-of-14, Suns lose by 33

    Booker closed Sunday's 123-90 loss to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 11 points (3-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal over 37 minutes.

    This was a rough way for Booker's season to end, as the Suns fell behind early, scored only 10 points in the second quarter and never recovered. Booker's 11 points were his fewest in any game since Feb. 5, and he failed to hit a single three-pointer for the second straight contest after also struggling in Game 6 (19 points, 6-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt). At age 26, Booker is entering the prime years of his career, but with 37-year-old Chris Paul as his co-star, and Deandre Ayton's future with the Suns up in the air, it's possible that Phoenix has squandered its best chance to win a title with its current core.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team 114.8


Player Injury
D. Saric PF Dario Saric PF Knee