Nationally televised games this week
Monday: No games televised, watch football or find a Suns stream!
Tuesday: L.A. Lakers @ Houston 8:00 PM EST NBATv, Indiana @ Golden State 10:30 PM EST TNT
Wednesday: Brooklyn @ New York 7:30 PM EST ESPN, NOLA @ L.A. Clippers 10:00 PM EST ESPN
Thursday: Miami @ Philly 7:30 PM ESTTNT, Golden State @ Denver 10:00 PM EST TNT
Friday: Dallas @ Milwaukee 7:30 PM EST ESPN, NOLA @ L.A. Lakers 10:00 PM EST ESPN
Saturday: Houston @ S.A. 5:00 PM EST NBATv, Charlotte @ Toronto 7:30 PM EST NBATv
Sunday: New York @ Boston 1:00 PM EST NBATv, Philadelphia @ OKC 7:00 PM EST NBATv, Indiana @ L.A. Clippers 10:00 PM EST NBATv
What should the NBA do in regards to recent cancelations?
Miami Heat add seven players, including Jimmy Butler, to health and safety list - https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/306 ... afety-list
Atlanta Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic diagnosed with fractured right knee- https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/306 ... right-knee
Power Rankings Roundup
NBA Power Rankings: Lakers reclaim top spot; Warriors, Mavericks make huge jump; 76ers drop amid COVID fallout - https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba- ... d-fallout/
Power Rankings, Week 4: Suns rise to No. 2; Warriors move into Top 10 - https://www.nba.com/news/power-rankings-2020-21-week-4#3 Phoenix blew a 23-point lead in Friday's overtime loss to the Pistons, but picked up wins over the Raptors and Pacers this week to maintain one of the best records in the Western Conference. Devin Booker averaged 24 points for the week, while Mikal Bridges continued his hot start to the season by hitting 47 percent of his 3-pointers, including 6-of-8 en route to a career-high 34 points in Saturday's win over the Pacers.
NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Get a New Challenger to the Throne - https://www.bleacherreport.com/articles ... the-throne#2 Phoenix Suns
Pace: 97.4 (30) OffRtg: 112.5 (7) DefRtg: 106.4 (5) NetRtg: +7.0 (3)
Mikal Bridges’ 34 points in Indiana on Saturday weren’t just a career high for the third-year forward who leads the league with 14 corner 3s. They were a season high for the Suns, with Devin Booker yet to have scored more than 26. The Suns have a top-10 offense with seven guys averaging double-figures and more remarkable than Bridges’ hot shooting (6-for-8 from beyond the arc) on Saturday was that the Suns had 33 assists and just three turnovers against a Pacers defense that ranked second in opponent turnover rate through Friday. That assist-to-turnover ratio of 11.0 is the highest mark for any team in a game in the last 15 seasons (since the Bucks had 23 and 2 in April of 2006).
Of course, that Phoenix offense, after eviscerating Detroit’s man-to-man defense through 18 minutes, really struggled when the Pistons played zone for most of the last 30 minutes on Friday. The Suns blew a 23-point lead and lost to a team that was 1-7. They’re still the only team that hasn’t lost a game that wasn’t within five in the last five. In fact, all three of their losses were within three points in the last minute of the fourth quarter.
After wrapping up a three-game trip in Washington on Monday, the Suns will play 14 of their next 19 games at home.
NBA Power Rankings: Phoenix Suns keep rising, and let’s get these games in! - https://theathletic.com/2300504/2021/01 ... rs-on-top/#6 Phoenix has hit the ground running, going 7-3 in its first 10 games. Everything is clicking on both ends of the court, giving the Suns a top-five net rating. Mikal Bridges stood out last week. Over three games, he averaged 17.7 points on a 48.6 field-goal percentage while defending at a high level.
According to Cleaning the Glass, the Suns have the second-best effective field-goal percentage in the NBA. They are connecting at all three levels: sixth in shots at the rim, first in the mid-range and eighth from three. One area that they will need to improve upon is their free-throw attempts. With Devin Booker and Chris Paul, they should rank higher than 29th in attempts.
The Suns are for real, but how real is still yet to be determined. It will be a few weeks until they play another top-tier opponent, so until then they should continue piling up wins.
#2 Phoenix Suns (↑Previously 4th), 7-3, +6.1 net rating
Weekly slate: Win over Raptors, Loss at Pistons, Win at Pacers
Normally, a loss to Detroit would cause a team to plummet down the Power Rankings. And normally, I would view such a loss as the beginning of the end when it comes to high hopes about the Phoenix Suns because their history over the last decade would inform us this is the tipping point toward disappointment. The Suns followed up that deflated game against Detroit with a spirited win over Indiana. What still blows my mind about this Suns team is this isn’t Devin Booker and Chris Paul carrying them. Both were very good against Indiana, but it was Mikal Bridges going off that night. We’re seeing methodical dissection by the Suns each night. The CP3 effect of the pace slowing way down is big too. Phoenix went from 10th in pace last season to 30th this season. Suns are surgical most nights.