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Suns News: Week 2 10/28-11/3

Post by carey » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:31 am

Are the Suns legit? Tune in this week to find out!

Last Week's Games

vs. Sacramento WIN! 124-95
@ Denver LOSS 108-107OT
vs. L.A. Clippers WIN! 130-122

This Week's Games

Monday, October 28th vs. Utah 10:00 PM EST
Wednesday, October 30th @ Golden State 10:30 PM EST
Saturday, November 2nd @ Memphis 8:00 PM EST

Suns Stories

Center of the Sun: Suns overcome adversity and have a WINNING RECORD! https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2019 ... record-nba

Tim Donaghy is still talking? https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2019 ... ley-quotes

‘Hot guy’ Kaminsky having fast start in Phoenix - https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ ... 481679001/
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Post by Nodack » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:20 am

The new NBA Power rankings came out today for a couple of publications. We were 26-27th to start the season and everyone thought the Suns would suck. This week?

CBS - 8th up 17 spots.
ESPN - 22nd up 4 spots

In Ancient Greek folklore, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes.

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Post by Mori Chu » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:55 am

Thanks for posting the thread, carey.
‘Hot guy’ Kaminsky having fast start in Phoenix - https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ ... 481679001/
This may be the first and last time Frank Kaminsky is referred to as a "hot guy."

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Post by Mori Chu » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:58 am

Couple more links I scraped from Reddit /r/suns: Another power rankings list, HoopsHabit, puts the Suns at #4 (!!):

https://hoopshabit.com/2019/10/28/nba-p ... -start/10/

Here's a Suns podcast called The Timeline discussing our season so far:



And here's bballbreakdown doing a video on whether our hot start so far is for real:


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Post by jonh » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:21 am

A deep dive into the Suns from 538:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... e-a-fluke/
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Post by ShelC » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:48 am

Some great photos from that Clippers game.

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Post by carey » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:29 am

Mods, in the future feel free to edit my OP and include any links to stories at the bottom.
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Post by Mori Chu » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:43 am

Your posts are perfect as they are, carey! <3

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Post by bajanguy008 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:26 pm

Nodack wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:20 am
The new NBA Power rankings came out today for a couple of publications. We were 26-27th to start the season and everyone thought the Suns would suck. This week?

CBS - 8th up 17 spots.
ESPN - 22nd up 4 spots

In Ancient Greek folklore, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes.
This is good if not funny how quickly people gonna start changing their tune but I must point out on ESPN they still have us behind the Warriors (21) :lol:
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Post by Flagrant Fowl » Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:35 pm

ESPN has a narrative to sell.
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Post by Nodack » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:19 pm

ESPN clearly isn’t as impressed as CBS.

NBA.com has us at 14

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Phoenix Suns
Last week: 27
Phoenix Suns
Record: 2-1
Pace: 103.6 (18) OffRtg: 112.1 (3) DefRtg: 101.2 (11) NetRtg: +10.9 (1)

Break up the Suns! The first team to beat the Kawhi-Leonard-led Clippers is the team that finished last (by a wide margin) in the West last season and was missing two starters -- the suspended DeAndre Ayton and an injured Ricky Rubio -- on Saturday. The Suns are playing above last season's level on both ends of the floor (and this team leading the league in assist percentage is pretty stunning), but what they've done on defense is more noteworthy for a few reasons:

Only once last season did they allow as few as 101.2 points per 100 possessions over a three-game stretch.
They've ranked in the bottom three defensively in each of the last three seasons.
Monty Williams' last three teams in New Orleans all ranked in the bottom 10 defensively.
Talent matters more than anything and three games are just three games, but it's evident that some of the Suns' offseason acquisitions -- Aron Baynes, Jevon Carter and Dario Saric -- added an amount of toughness that this team hasn't had in a long time.

Week 2: vs. UTA, @ GSW, @ MEM

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Post by In2ition » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:42 pm

If the Suns go 3-0 this week, we should expect a much bigger jump in ESPN. The Utah game will be a huge test. They've owned the Suns for some time, and those Utah fans felt disrespected when Igor put Booker back in to try to get 60 on them in that blowout loss while the Suns were severely shorthanded.
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Post by Superbone » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:47 pm

Nodack wrote:ESPN clearly isn’t as impressed as CBS.

NBA.com has us at 14
NBA.com seems the most reasonable after only three games. But there is no question that this team is on the rise!
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Post by Superbone » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:49 pm

In2ition wrote:If the Suns go 3-0 this week...
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s slow down.
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Post by AmareIsGod » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:03 pm

What is smallball? I play basketball. I'm not a regular big man. I can switch from the center to the guards. The game is evolving. You got dudes like Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, all these 7-footers, doing everything. There's no stopping us. - Ayton

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Post by O_Gardino » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:06 pm

This team has earned all the respect and high expectations we can give them. They are as good as In2 thought they would be.
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Post by Mori Chu » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:45 pm

Gambo is so unprofessional. I cringe when I see one of his tweets, knowing that he's so close to the team. I hope players never read his tweets and then assume that the team agrees with them or that he speaks for the Suns.

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Post by AmareIsGod » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:52 pm

Marty [Mori Chu] wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:45 pm
Gambo is so unprofessional. I cringe when I see one of his tweets, knowing that he's so close to the team. I hope players never read his tweets and then assume that the team agrees with them or that he speaks for the Suns.
What's wrong with the Tweet?
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Post by specialsauce » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:55 pm

Marty [Mori Chu] wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:45 pm
Gambo is so unprofessional. I cringe when I see one of his tweets, knowing that he's so close to the team. I hope players never read his tweets and then assume that the team agrees with them or that he speaks for the Suns.
I love it

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Post by Wormwood » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:22 pm

Local sports writers calling players "bums" is pretty unusual. Makes players wonder if they come to Phoenix, will they be abused that way as well?

I wish we knew Ariza's side of the story. It wouldn't surprise me if McDonough and Sarver didn't do something stupid and awful to make things go sour.

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