Thursday, December 29, 2005

Marion and Nash Steal the Show

The Suns earned a 104-99 win over the Washington Wizards this week. Shawn Marion was the star of the game with 28 points and some great defensive plays. Steve Nash was key to the victory with an amazing 16 assists and 19 points. I don’t know if I stressed that enough. Nash had 16 assists when most players score five to eight at the most in a really good game. This was an exceptional game for the Suns and the entire team was playing great defense. Nash even gave them credit and called attention to the fact that this was a team effort and not just the Nash/Marion show.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Phoenix Suns Beat Seattle Sonics

Things have been up and down lately and we lost to the Dallas Mavericks which was disappointing. They are going for the best record in the Western Conference and are the team to beat, and we didn’t do it. Our win over the Seattle Supersonics was a team best for the Phoenix Suns if you ask me because we played the best defense I have seen all season. We held them to under 85 points and completely shut down their offense when it counted. Marion had 29 points and House had 20. Steve Nash had five assists and was a great offensive force in the game.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Injury Plagued Suns Experience Slump

The Mavericks had Josh Howard back for the Suns battle at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Wednesday. The Mavs beat us 102-96 and we extended our losing streak to three games. Tonight the Phoenix Suns face New Orleans for a second time in three games after losing to them at the beginning of the week. We are playing them on their home court this time and hopefully Steve Nash and the rest of the Suns can put the losses behind them and play better offense than they have in the past few games. We have been shooting around forty percent in recent weeks and our slump is mostly due to injuries. Most notably we have been missing our star shooter and James Jones due to a sore right ankle.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Phoenix Suns Shine over California

The Phoenix Suns could not possibly be better than they are right now. On an eight game winning streak, the team looks like a well oiled machine with Nash at the helm. We ended the Golden State Warriors winning streak in a spectacular118-110 victory. Steve Nash had 28 points and Shawn Marion had 28 points. The Suns had a total of eight players who scored in the double digits in their win over the Portland Trailblazers the day before but didn’t look tired at all in their win over the Warriors. There was a period when Golden State out scored us in the fourth quarter but over all we dominated the game.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Nash Leads Suns in Pacers Smash

The Phoenix Suns capitalized on their early lead over the Indiana Pacers and dominate the entire game. The Suns won 109-91 at home and the fans were loud and crazy as Steve Nash and Shawn Marion played one of their best games against a team like the Pacers. Nash had a season high 31 points and seven from three point range. Our defense was so good that it positively boosted out offense as well. Nash was the leader and star of the game showing that he is consistently scoring more this season than he ever has in his career. Coach Mike D’Antoni was quoted as saying after the game:

“I guess he got his shot back,”

Nash Leads Suns in Pacers Smash

The Phoenix Suns capitalized on their early lead over the Indiana Pacers and dominate the entire game. The Suns won 109-91 at home and the fans were loud and crazy as Steve Nash and Shawn Marion played one of their best games against a team like the Pacers. Nash had a season high 31 points and seven from three point range. Our defense was so good that it positively boosted out offense as well. Nash was the leader and star of the game showing that he is consistently scoring more this season than he ever has in his career. Coach Mike D’Antoni was quoted as saying after the game:

“I guess he got his shot back,”

Friday, November 25, 2005

Suns Shine Minus Amare

The Phoenix Suns performed flawlessly against the Houston Rockets in their 100-88 win on Wednesday. James Jones and Shawn Marion stuck to shooting from outside and avoided the physical battles they would face trying to drive the lane. With Amare Stoudemire out, the Suns had to get Yao on the move to avoid going one on one with him under the net. They used their speed and agility to keep Yao Ming from doing what he does best, defending from beneath the goal. Van Gundy eventually had to bench Yao with the Suns playing small ball. The Suns kept the ball moving fast and furious and the Rockets players running up and down the court in a high speed pursuit of the lead. This was a spectacular defensive game. We’re ready for the Pacers on Saturday, for sure.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Stoudamire Out Shoots the Suns

Wednesday’s loss to the Grizzlies was upsetting but our Phoenix Suns played well. Damon Stoudamire scored big in the fourth quarter and padded the Grizzlies lead for a finish of 115-103. Suns’ forward Shawn Marion put up 23 points and 11 boards and we scored over a hundred points. But we have to put the past behind us and get ready for Utah and San Antonio. Toronto should prove a challenging but sure win for Steve Nash and company. Our schedule is going to get pretty hard after we play the Houston Rockets but hopefully we will have already added some wins to the eight we have had so far.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Honestly

Tell me the Truth, how many of you Suns fans out there are really Suns fans?

How many of you fans jumped on the band wagon because of the addition of Nash and great play-off run this past season?

For those of you who followed Phoniex all season, when did you become a Suns Fan?

How and why did you become a Suns fan?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Game Over

So what is there left to say with the season over. I have to give props to the Spurs because they are a complete team. Looking at our Suns the one player who stood out in this series was Amare Stoudemire. He had at least 30 points in every game against the Spurs and didn’t get much help from the rest of the supporting cast. The series ended at 4-1, but the upside is no one expected the Suns to be where they were at in the beginning of the season. Kudos for a great season.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Up Hill Battle

Two nights ago the Suns were one game away from being eliminated by the Spurs. Well with a consolidated effort from the team and the aggressive play of Stoudamire the Suns were able to stay alive for a game five. Shawn Marion had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds in their 111-106 over San Antonio. The series is now at 3-1, and there is no room for the Suns to. It is certainly going to be an uphill battle.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

No Forward Progress

I really didn’t expect this at all. The Suns have the most powerful offense in the NBA right now, so why did they lose the first two games at home? The Phoenix Suns opened up the Western Conference Finals with home court advantage, but the Spurs took that away after game 1.

Nash did his part, scoring 29 points with 15 assists in game 2. Nash hit 13-of-22 shots, but the Suns still lost. Just like in game 1, the Suns lost the game in the 4th quarter. Some one needs to tell these guys that in order to win you have to play all 4 quarters.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Stoudemire Shines

Amare Stoudemire has been a huge factor for the Suns every since the playoffs started. Don’t get me wrong, Stoudemire did well doing the season, but his game has definitely taken a step up.

In the first game of the Western Conference Finals, Stoudemire posted 41 points and had nine rebounds. He shot 12-of-21 shots and 15-of-18 free throws. But that still was no’t enough to hold off the Spurs 4th quarter surge. The final score was 121-114 in favor of the Spurs.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Like Whoa

Now the Mavs are toe to toe with the Suns as the series is now tied at 2-2. I think the Suns are the most surprised at of anyone, and the least surprised would be head coach Avery Johnson of the Mavericks.


Monday, May 09, 2005

Nash Named MVP

From Suns.com
The Phoenix Suns will tip off the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday with Steve Nash raising the NBA's Most Valuable Player trophy high above his head for all to see at America West Arena. Nash, who spent the past six seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, was named the league's MVP during a press conference on Sunday. Click here to watch the webcast of the announcement, and be sure to check out our Nash Tribute, for in-depth coverage of the playmaker's incredible season.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Suns get 1st One

Amare Stoudemire did not get to make his double digit score. Stoudemire ran into a stout Memphis defense which led him to foul trouble. Stoudemire despite having 10 rebounds was only able to post up 9 points.

Yet logic has it if you double team some one, another person is bound to be open. Another team mate is bound to step up. After all these are all professional basketball players. Steven hunter stepped his game up with 16 points and 5 rebounds in a victory over the Memphis Grizzles114-103 last night. If the Grizzles leave Hunter alone again look for him to have another good outing,

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

No Return for Richardson

by the Associated Press, from ESPN.com
On a night when Los Angeles Lakers fans relived the good old championship years, the Phoenix Suns reminded them just how far gone those days are for the current Lakers.

Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Phoenix hit a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in a 108-97 victory Monday night.

"When we come out and shoot the ball well from outside, we are almost guaranteed a win," Amare Stoudemire said. "Guys like Jim Jackson and Joe are incredible from behind the arc."

Johnson made six 3s, Jackson hit seven to finish with 25 points and Shawn Marion had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who won their league-best 31st road game. Steve Nash added 15 points and 16 assists.

"They know exactly where they want to be in these situations," Lakers guard Chucky Atkins said. "With us, we don't know who's going to have the ball or what play to make. That's the way we've been playing all year."

As a result, the Lakers will miss the playoffs for just the second time since 1976.
The Suns lead idle San Antonio by a full game in their bid to land the Western Conference's top seed.

"I told the guys that we didn't play that well, but we still won, set a record for 3s and we played great defense for five minutes at the end, so there's a lot of positives," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Phoenix set the NBA single-season record with 742 3-pointers. The old mark of 735 was by Dallas in 1995-96. Last Monday, the Suns hit a then-franchise-record 17 3-pointers against the Lakers.

"They just 3-pointed us to death," Lakers coach Frank Hamblen said.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the 15th time in 17 games on a night the franchise honored its 1984-85 NBA title team that included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

Those two -- along with Michael Cooper, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Bryon Scott and others -- were in a room signing memorabilia before the game. Bryant
said he was too intimidated to go in and talk to them.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Defense Wins

In an unlikely scenario were Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire struggled to put up points, the Phoenix Suns still won. The win now gives the Suns the best record in the NBA at 56 -17.

So how did the Suns pull off the 91-78 victory over the hot and rising Houston Rockets, when Stoudemire and Nash shot a combined 6 of 17 shots for a total of 14 points?

A man by the name of Shawn Marion helped push the Suns with 23 buckets and 18 boards. The other Sun to step up was Joe Johnson as he added 19 points of his own.

The other helpful note and probably more of a decided factor was the fact that the Suns defense held the Rockets to just 34% shooting. So with nine games left to play before the playoffs, it is nice to know the Suns can win without Nash and with defense.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Suns staying Hot

The Phoenix Suns are now 28-7 on the road with their recent victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The 120 – 105 also accumulated their ninth strait win on the road which would tie a club record.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Joe Johnson with 26 points, Jim Jackson had 15 of his own points, Steve Nash end up with 11 points and 10 assists, and finally Shawn Marion who dominated with 26 points and 10 boards. The Suns always played a game with no turnover’s.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Suns Blast Blazer

from Suns.com
Leading by as many as 28 in the first half, Phoenix had an easy time of it against the visiting Trail Blazers on Saturday, winning 129-116. Shawn Marion paced the team with 26 points and nine rebounds in just three quarters of play. Amaré Stoudemire tallied 20 points.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

3 out of 4

from Suns.com
The Suns' stars shined brightly on All-Star Saturday, winning three of the four skills competitions at Denver's Pepsi Center on Saturday night. Shawn Marion, Diana Tauarsi and Dan Majerle set a new record in the Radio Shack Shooting Stars before Steve Nash walked off with the PlayStation Skills Challenge. Quentin Richardson then won the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout and Amare Stoudemire made it to the finals of the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest, but was unable to match two perfect scores by the Hawks' Josh Smith.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Suns' Parade Rained on by Sonics

from the officail site of the Phoenix Suns
Tied at halftime, the Suns fell behind in the third quarter and couldn't recover, losing 113-105 to the Sonics at home on Friday. Amaré Stoudemire scored 33 points and Steve Nash tallied 25 points and 14 assists for Phoenix, which visits Golden State on Sunday.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Preview Suns/Raptors

STANDINGS :
Suns - 1st place, Pacific Division.
Raptors - 4th place, 2{ GB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS
:
Suns - Stoudemire, 26.1 ppg; Marion, 10.8 rpg; Nash, 11.0 apg.
Raptors - Rose, 15.7 ppg; Bosh, 8.2 rpg; Alston, 7.1 apg.

SEASON SERIES
:
Suns, 1-0.

LAST MEETING
:
Dec. 26; Suns, 106-94. At Phoenix, Stoudemire scored 33 points and Nash had 18 points and 13 assists as the Suns won their 11th straight despite blowing a 20-point lead.

INJURIES
:
Suns - G Leandro Barbosa (ankle).
Raptors - C Alonzo Mourning (knee); F Pape Sow (knee); G Alvin Williams (knee).

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Wrong Kind of Streak

Nash by far is the Suns’ court general. When Nash is in the game, the entire teams tends to pick up their play, but Nash guidance was not enough to hold back the San Antonio Spurs.

This game was actually to see who would have the best record in the NBA. The out come of the game gave the Spurs a (33-9) record and gave the Suns a (32-10) record.

The loss now has Phoenix in the wrong kind of streak with six consecutive losses. A double OT loss to the Spurs is understandable, but losing to the Jazz at the beginning of the streak just seemed to take the snow ball effect.

Don't expect the streak to go to 7.

Notes on Nash
Nash had 16 points and 13 assists in 46 minutes after missing the last 3 games with injuries.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Lengend in the Making

Amare Stoudemire is only 22-years go age, but already seems to be installing himself as a NBA icon. It wasn't just one style for Stoudemire as he scored points with jump shots, dunks, layups, and power plays. His versatility really showed.
"Amare Stoudemire looked like Wilt Chamberlain..." - Quentin Richardson
Ricardson was refering to his team mates 50 point career high display, to help the Suns achieve the best record in the NBA right now at 26 - 4.