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Center of the Sun: Striped Suns have a week as beautiful as their retrogrades

Center of the Sun: Striped Suns have a week as beautiful as their retrogrades

Welcome to your weekly news roundup Phoenix Suns.

Current record: 5-1

Offensive Rating: 118.5 (2nd)

Defensive Rating: 106.2 (4th)

Net worth: +12.3 (1st)

Power Rating:

  • NBA.com: 4th
  • ESPN: 3rd
  • Grade report: 4th

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I come before you today with a plea to bring back the sexiest threads in Phoenix Suns franchise history. Personally, I’m a fan of the Wild West era of the Suns’ uniforms. They were elegant, simple, and the source of the Wild West was from the Southwest region. But after watching the Suns play two games last week in their ’90s sunburst uniforms, I could be wrong.

Many believe that the black version of these uniforms is the greatest in franchise history, but it is the purple that best represents this organization. Throwbacks are the perfect balance of purple and orange on a jersey, with the Suns logo crossing the chest, there’s nothing like it.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. Players around the league who witnessed this throwback were impressed by how good it looked.

So how do you do this? How do we make enough of a fuss that the Suns organization in reality brings them back? Do we picket outside the arena? Start a Twitter hashtag #BringBackTheBurst? Snail letters to the owner? Oh! Just wait…

I’d like to meet the guy who invented the Steve Nash era jerseys that debuted in 2000 and ask him how the hell he got these things approved. This guy could give a masterclass in sales tactics.

The Suns went 2-0 last week in their back-to-back games, averaging 129 points and winning by an average of 21 points. They were more than sexy, they were dominant. They finished the week playing at Houston Rockets last night, playing with them all day but finally drifting away on the 4th.

It was a perfect 3-0 week for the Suns. October is now in the rear view. Until November…


Player of the week

Devin Booker

26.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds

52.6% FG, 21.1% 3PT, 76.2% FT

He’s 26 years old!


Game Summary

Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors (W, 134-105) COMPLETE SUMMARY

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans (W, 124-111) COMPLETE SUMMARY

Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets (W, 124-109) COMPLETE SUMMARY


Post-Game Highlights/Podcasts

WARRIORS a SOLS | FULL NBA GAME HIGHLIGHTS | October 25, 2022:

369. Suns (3-1) vs. Warriors Post Game Pod:

PELICANS in SOLS | FULL NBA GAME HIGHLIGHTS | October 28, 2022:

370. Suns (4-1) vs. Pelicans Post Game Pod:

ROCKET to SOLS | FULL NBA GAME HIGHLIGHTS | October 30, 2022:

371. Suns (5-1) vs. Rockets Post Game Pod:


News and notes

Sports reception: Barack Obama, Charles Barkley Could Join Suns, Mercury Bid

Fan Nation: Devin Booker is playing like the best player in the NBA

ClutchPoints: Chris Paul and Monty Williams reveal brutal motivation behind Suns’ 3-1 run

Burn City Sports: WATCH: Chris Paul Reacts to Technical Foul Calls Expanding in NBA Season Opener

Central AZ: Suns value soars in 2022 NBA team value rankings

NBC Sports: Time to stop sleeping on the Phoenix Suns

Arizona Sports: Phoenix Suns finding more success between margins on offensive plays


Quotes of the week

“We have an emotional and competitive team from top to bottom. Speaking of history, we’ve gotten into these situations and been a bit sporadic and all over the place. To go together as a team and carry it all and keep doing hoops. This is what we do.” – Devin Booker

“Most of my career I’ve always been the playmaker, so it’s nice to have a couple of catch-and-shoots.” — Chris Paul

“He’s in the best possible shape of his career and he’s ready to get back on the court.” – Chris Haynes to Jae Crowder

“They work a lot. There are only five games left in the season and you can only see how they are adjusting. They’re all unselfish.” — Mikal Bridges on the second-team unit

“The Next Man.” — Bismack Biyombo

“It’s so good to see him letting it fly.” – Chris Paul to Cameron Johnson


Key statistic

The Phoenix Suns bench has a +21 so far this season, which is fourth best in the NBA.


Report on the status of the injury

Jae Crowder (talking about selfies in empty stadiums) IT’S NOT WITH A TEAM

Deandre Ayton (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a week

Ish Wainright (back pain) is everyday


This week in Suns history

November 4, 1972

In the year 72, Now I can see clearly Johnny Nash’s was dominating the radio. The Suns didn’t dominate the NBA. El entered into a confrontation against him Milwaukee Bucks with a record of 3-5, being in the 3rd division of the Pacific. Milwaukee, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, was 8-1.

Phoenix was playing its third game of a five-game road trip earlier in the season and had lost its last 4 games. If DraftKings had existed back then, the Bucks moneyline would have most likely been -525.

That’s why they play games.

The Suns arrived at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and assembled a united front. All their starters, Dick Van Arsdale, Charlie Scott, Gus Johnson, Connie Hawkins and Neal Walk, scored in double figures. Walk, later the center with a beautiful beard, had 20 points and 11 boards. The shooting 9 of 23.

Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images

Kareem, as always, was a handful. He held Walk to 39.1% FG and scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 4-of-8 from the line, and grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds.

Phoenix persevered, with Clem Haskins, the second of nineteen players in Suns history to wear No. 11 (behind Neil Johnson), scoring 14 off the bench. The Suns entered the fourth quarter trailing 79-78, but outscored the home team 27-25 in Q4, taking home their fourth win of the season and snapping their losing streak.

Trivia of the suns

Clem Haskins.

Phoenix Suns vs. Capital Bullets

Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The third overall pick in 1967 NBA Draft by Chicago Bulls came to Phoenix in a 1970 trade for Jim Fox and a 1971 second-round draft pick. The 6’3″ Western Kentucky alum played four years in Phoenix, averaging 13.8 points , 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds.

You may remember Haskins for his role at the University of Minnesota academic scandal. In short, a bunch of players had people write their roles for them, Golden Gophers head coach Haskins got canned.


Upcoming Games

Tuesday, November 1 – Phoenix Suns vs. The Minnesota Timberwolves

Friday, November 4 – Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday November 5 — Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The Timberwolves are…interesting. At first glance, they appear to be a solid team. The addition of Rudy Gobert has boosted them to a 4-3 start. But then you look a little deeper. His OFFRTG is 110.1 (7th in the NBA), his DEFRTG is 107.5 (5th) and his NETRTG is +2.6 (9th).

When you dig deeper into their schedule, however, you see that they haven’t had the same strength of schedule that Phoenix had. Their wins have come against the Spurs, lakers, and Thunder. Twice. Their losses are to the Jazz and the Spurs. Twice.

The Rudy Gobert experiment has clogged the lane for Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Edwards, as expected, and the team is trying to adjust to their new teammate.

Rounding out the week is the baseball style series against Portland. The only defeat of the Suns this season was at the hands of the Blazers, a 113-111 OT loss two fridays ago Since then, the Trail Blazers have improved their record to 5-1, winning their last game against the Rockets without the services of Damian Lillard.

Lillard strained his calf in his game against the Miami Heat and will be gone for a week or two.

In his absence, expect to see Anfernee Simons step into the leading scorer role. He dropped 30, including 7-for-15 from deep, in their win over the Rockets last Friday. They play at Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday before the back at Vall del Sol next weekend.


Weekly prediction: 3-0

I was wrong last week, predicting a 2-1 for the week. 70% of Bright Siders were with me as 139 votes were cast for a 2-1 record for Week 2. Congratulations to the 47 of you, 24%, who predicted 3-0.

That’s what I’m going with this week. Minnesota will be a unique challenge, especially if the Suns get into trouble like they did against the Rockets. The Timberwolves front line is too good to let Phoenix get away with production when foul trouble occurs. If Bismack Biyombo can avoid the whistle, the Suns win.

As for the Blazers? Twice? Booker will take the loss personally, averaging 37.5 points in those two games.

what do you think

Poll

What will be the Suns Week 3 record?


That’s all that can be printed this week. Make it big, Bright Side.





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