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Suns' Devin Booker: Scores 37 points in Monday's loss
Booker finished with 37 points (13-28 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight assists, and three rebounds in 36 minutes during Monday's 119-114 loss to the 76ers.
Booker broke out of his four-game scoring slump, in which he averaged 15.0 points on a combined 21-of-60 from the field. To his credit, Booker did hand out a career high assist total in both of the last two games, as he has taken his playmaking to the next level.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Well-rounded line in 41 minutes
Ariza tallied 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 41 minutes during Monday's 119-114 loss to the 76ers.
Ariza returned to the lineup following a two-game absence due to a personal matter, and he played a team high minute total. Moreover, Ariza contributed in every category, and he was efficient offensively. This is already the second time this season that Ariza has surpassed 40 minutes, but he's still a low-end option in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Mikal Bridges: Scores 13 points in Monday's loss
Bridges contributed 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two steals, one rebound, and one assist in 23 minutes during Monday's 119-114 loss to the 76ers.
Bridges drew the start and played well against the team that traded him away on draft night, although he was limited due to foul trouble. Bridges has now drained three threes in consecutive contests and has scored at least 13 points in three of the last four. His ability to make an impact without needing a lot of touches makes him an excellent fit alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, and it's clear coach Igor Kokoskov is committing to developing Bridges amidst yet another losing season.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Isaiah Canaan: Plays 21 minutes in Monday's loss
Canaan had one point (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three assists, and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Monday's 119-114 loss to the 76ers.
Canaan came off the bench and matched fellow reserve Richaun Holmes for the sixth-most minutes on the team. However, Canaan was not able to make an impact on the contest, at least not a positive one, committing five fouls and one turnover as well. Canaan is streaky at best, but he's worth a look for those in deep leagues who can afford to look his past his field-goal percentage.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Isaiah Canaan: Coming off bench
Canaan will come off the bench Monday against the 76ers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
The Suns will go with a more versatile lineup Monday, moving Devin Booker to point guard and going with all three of T.J. Warren, Trevor Ariza and Mikal Bridges on the wing, with Deandre Ayton at center.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Mikal Bridges: In starting five Monday
Bridges will start Monday's game against Philadelphia, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
The initial expectation was that Bridges would move back to the bench with Trevor Ariza (personal) returning, but the Suns will go with a smaller lineup Monday to match the Sixers' length. Bridges will get the nod at two-guard, with Devin Booker shifting down to point guard, pushing Isaiah Canaan to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Set to start Monday
Ariza will start Monday's game against Philadelphia, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Ariza missed the last two games due to a personal matter, but he rejoined the team over the weekend and will be back in the starting five Monday night. As a result, rookie Mikal Bridges will shift back to a reserve role.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Mikal Bridges: Headed back to bench
Bridges will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Sixers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Bridges made a pair of starts in the absence of Terevor Ariza, but with Ariza back in the fold Monday, the rookie will move into a bench role. The Villanova product played a season-high 31 minutes in Saturday's loss to OKC, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four steals.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Ready to play after absence
Ariza (personal) rejoined the Suns on Sunday, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Ariza missed the past two games while dealing with a personal issue. Mikal Bridges started in place of Ariza during the absence, but Ariza will be expected to assume his normal role as a starter now that he's back with the team.... See More ... See Less
Suns' T.J. Warren: Another 20-point effort Saturday
Warren dropped 23 points (10-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to Oklahoma City.
Warren just keeps scoring the ball, tallying another 23 points Saturday. Since his zero-point dud back on November 7, Warren has been on a tear on the offensive end. He has also played in at least 37 minutes in all five games since then, firmly asserting himself as the power forward to own in Phoenix. If you managed to grab him off the waivers then you should be very pleased with your return.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Scores 21 points Saturday
Ayton poured in 21 points (10-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to Oklahoma City.
Ayton attempted a career-high 19 shots Saturday, finishing with 21 points to go with nine rebounds. He continues to put up nice numbers on a nightly basis and both he and Luka Doncic have separated from the pack a little when it comes to rookie of the year. Ayton's lack of defensive stats do limit his upside somewhat, however, he makes up for it with rebounding and scoring with ultra-high efficiency.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Devin Booker: Hands out 12 assists in loss
Booker totaled 16 points (5-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 assists, and four rebounds in 39 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to the Thunder.
That makes back-to-back 12 assist games for Booker who is certainly embracing his role as the team's primary facilitator. Whilst owners have to be loving the dimes, his field-goal attempts and subsequent scoring appear to have taken a small hit. Over his past four games, Booker is averaging 15.0 points and 9.3 assists. Whether this trend continues remains to be seen but it is worth keeping an eye on moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Mikal Bridges: Best game of the season Saturday
Bridges finished with 14 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four steals, two rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 30 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to the Thunder.
Bridges remained in the starting lineup Saturday, filling in for Trevor Ariza (personal) who is still away from the team. During his 30 minutes on the court, Bridges filled the stat sheet, producing his best all-around effort of the season. The boost from Ariza missing time has obviously had a positive impact on Bridges but he has certainly shown himself capable of playing big minutes. Ariza's return date is still unclear giving Bridges potentially another start. Upon Ariza's return, it will be interesting to see if Bridges can stick in the starting unit or if he will shift back to a bench role.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Elie Okobo: Recalled from G League
Okobo was recalled from the G League on Saturday, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Okobo was sent down to the G League to get some extra run, but may be joining Phoenix for the Suns' upcoming four-game road trip. In 11 appearances this season, he's averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Out Saturday
Ariza (personal) didn't practice Friday and is out Saturday against the Thunder, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Ariza missed Wednesday's contest against San Antonio due to handling a family matter, and will be out Saturday versus Oklahoma City. With Ariza absent, Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson will probably see more minutes than usual.... See More ... See Less